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  • Question

  • Hello,

    I have been trying to get a process set up in SCORCH on updating our servers.  After much digging I found PSWindowsUpdate from PS gallery.  I have this implemented on couple of my test servers and is working as expected.  What are the pros and cons of using PSWindowsUpdate. 

    Also, is anyone out there using a different approach in SCORCH on updating servers and would be kind enough to share some insight on it? Currently we are using WSUS for our patches.

    Thanks.


    Ishan

    Monday, September 23, 2019 2:29 PM

Answers

  • Hi Ishan,

    there is SMA runbook made by Dmitry Kotov on the Technet Gallery, maybe you can use it:

    SMA runbook for Microsoft patching

    It is actually using PowerShell Workflows (not script), but you can easily run it as a script also. 

    Otherwise you can use any of the hundreds scripts that are out there and run them as "Run .NET script" activity. Just an example:

    WSUS management with PowerShell

    Regards,


    (Please take a moment to "Vote as Helpful" and/or "Mark as Answer" where applicable. This helps the community, keeps the forums tidy, and recognizes useful contributions. Thanks!) Blog: https://blog.pohn.ch/ Twitter: @StoyanChalakov

    • Marked as answer by ipatel18 Monday, September 23, 2019 8:15 PM
    Monday, September 23, 2019 2:56 PM
  • Hi Ishan,

    In addition to Stoyan's great suggestions, the PSWindowsUpdate works great for updating servers, it's probably one of the easiest ways.

    I have also achieved this with SCCM, it has an own integration pack and works great as well, but I have mainly used manual PowerShell scripts/cmdlets by using Run .Net Script activities.

    Here's also already made runbooks for cluster patching that you can have a look at:
    Cluster Patching Runbooks

    Best regards,
    Leon


    Blog: https://thesystemcenterblog.com LinkedIn:

    • Marked as answer by ipatel18 Monday, September 23, 2019 8:15 PM
    Monday, September 23, 2019 3:04 PM

All replies

  • Hi Ishan,

    there is SMA runbook made by Dmitry Kotov on the Technet Gallery, maybe you can use it:

    SMA runbook for Microsoft patching

    It is actually using PowerShell Workflows (not script), but you can easily run it as a script also. 

    Otherwise you can use any of the hundreds scripts that are out there and run them as "Run .NET script" activity. Just an example:

    WSUS management with PowerShell

    Regards,


    (Please take a moment to "Vote as Helpful" and/or "Mark as Answer" where applicable. This helps the community, keeps the forums tidy, and recognizes useful contributions. Thanks!) Blog: https://blog.pohn.ch/ Twitter: @StoyanChalakov

    • Marked as answer by ipatel18 Monday, September 23, 2019 8:15 PM
    Monday, September 23, 2019 2:56 PM
  • Hi Ishan,

    In addition to Stoyan's great suggestions, the PSWindowsUpdate works great for updating servers, it's probably one of the easiest ways.

    I have also achieved this with SCCM, it has an own integration pack and works great as well, but I have mainly used manual PowerShell scripts/cmdlets by using Run .Net Script activities.

    Here's also already made runbooks for cluster patching that you can have a look at:
    Cluster Patching Runbooks

    Best regards,
    Leon


    Blog: https://thesystemcenterblog.com LinkedIn:

    • Marked as answer by ipatel18 Monday, September 23, 2019 8:15 PM
    Monday, September 23, 2019 3:04 PM
  • Stoyan and Leon, thanks for the input.  Currently when I am running PSWindowsUpdates, I am also running it with a combination of SCCM and some PowerShell scripts.  I will also be looking at the WSUS management with PowerShell, looks interesting.  Thanks again.

    Ishan

    Monday, September 23, 2019 8:15 PM