Starting from 8.5 RU2, Patch Management Solution for Windows lets you create a Windows Software Update Installation (formerly known as Install Software Updates) task for installation of single or multiple software updates. If you need to perform management operations immediately before and after the installation of the updates as part of a sequence of events, you can sequence the task in a single client job with other pre- and post-installation tasks according to your needs.
Starting from 8.5 RU3, you can create and run a Windows Software Update Assessment task before installing software updates with a Windows Software Update Installation task. The assessment task assesses applicability of the selected software updates and detects if the updates are already installed on client computers. If you plan to sequence the installation task in a single client job with other pre- and post-installation tasks, and the assessment task detects that the selected for installation update is not applicable or already installed, you can choose to skip the installation of the update and running the pre- and post-installation tasks on the client computers that have the updates already installed or not applicable.
Starting from 8.5 RU3, in addition to the general task creation way, you can also use a wizard to perform the following actions from patch management reports, Patch Remediation Center reports, or Resource Manager reports for a selected resource:
A. If you want to disable the File Based Write Filter (FBWF) for Windows Embedded before software update installation, you can create a client job with the following tasks:
B. If you want to back up configuration file before software update installation, you can create a client job with the following tasks:
C. If you want to perform an operating system back up before software update installation, you can create a client job with the following tasks:
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Jobs and Tasks.
In the left pane, right-click the folder where you want to create the task, and then click New > Task.
In the Create New Task dialog box, in the left pane, expand Software > Patch Management, and then click Windows Software Update Installation.
Software Updates Installation
Lets you select software updates that you want to install. The task must have at least one update selected.
Note: Symantec recommends that you limit the number of updates in the task. The more updates a single task contains, the longer timeout period the task requires.
Restart after updates installation
Lets you configure restart options for the task while the task runs and after the task completes installation of software updates.
Suppress restart during task execution
No restart of a target computer occurs even if the task contains one or many software updates that require computer restart. The task completes with success.
Note: You need to ensure that the computer gets restarted at some time. Otherwise the update installation stays unfinished and Patch Management Solution reports show the update as not installed.
You can analyze the task return codes to check if the restart is required.
You can also use a registry value to check the status of the update that is pending restart (such an update gets the status REBOOT_PENDING) as follows:
Note: If you enable this option, and use a power control task in the same job, the option Restart computer only if it is pending reboot of the power control task cannot detect the REBOOT_PENDING status of the installed update. For this reason, you need to add a condition to the power control task that is based on the Windows Software Update Installation task return codes 1 and 6.
Restart if required at the end of task execution
If the task contains one or many software updates that require computer restart, a target computer is restarted once upon task completion.
If a single job contains multiple tasks with software updates that require computer restart, a target computer is restarted every time when such task completes.
(Optional) To specify the timeout period for the task and other task options, click Advanced, configure the options according to your needs, and then click OK.
Note: The task timeout period should not be less than the time that is required for update installation.
|TASK_RESULT_POLICY_NOT_FOUND = -2||
|TASK_RESULT_PLUGIN_NOT_FOUND = -1||
Task failed for one of the following reasons:
|TASK_RESULT_EXECUTED_ALL_SUCCESS = 0||
|TASK_RESULT_EXECUTED_ALL_SUCCESS_REBOOT_REQUIRED = 1||Task succeeded.
All updates were successfully installed. Restart is required.
|TASK_RESULT_NOTHING_TO_INSTALL = 3||Task succeeded.
No applicable updates are found, or all applicable updates are already installed.
|TASK_RESULT_NOTHING_TO_EXECUTE_DOWNLOAD_FAILED = 4||Task failed.
One of the updates is not ready (i.e., update package cannot be downloaded).
|TASK_RESULT_EXECUTED_SOME_FAILED = 5||Task failed.
Some updates failed to install. No updates required restart.
|TASK_RESULT_EXECUTED_SOME_FAILED_REBOOT_REQUIRED = 6||
|TASK_RESULT_EXECUTED_ALL_FAILED = 7||Task failed.
All updates failed to install.
Subscribing will provide email updates when this Article is updated. Login is required.
Thanks for your feedback. Let us know if you have additional comments below. (requires login)
This will clear the history and restart the chat.