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How can I get a list of machines on my network that are running XP Pro and do not have SP2 installed.  Also I have figured out how to create a Group Policy to install SP2 on a machine when in logs into the Domain, but it appears it will go through and install the SP2 again on a machine that already has it installed if the machine is added to a group that is running that policy.  It wouldn't be such a big deal if it did not take 45 min to install the SP, but is that the way it is supposed to happen, reinstall even if it already exists???????  Is there any way for it to detect it already installed and back out???????  

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Kendal
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There are several tools for doing this, one of the handiest would be to setup WSUS server.  This can manage all the machines on your network and report which patches and hotfixes are applied, if they need them, you can set it up to automatically apply patches according to groups.  

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/updateservices/default.mspx

Best of all, it's FREE!!!!
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Another free tool; Microsoft's Software Inventory Analyzer. It will scan your network for all Microsoft products, and advise of version and service pack level. I believe the free version only works on networks of 250 or less computers. It's purpose is for recording existing software and comparing to your licensing, but can also be used for this purpose.
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/sam/msia.mspx
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Those are both excellent solutions.  I will split the points with the majority going to tjkashin because WSUS is more along the lines of what I was looking for.  I will also make use of the Inventory Analyzer.

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Thanks gvector1. WSUS is your better option if you wish to deploy this and other updates. The analyzer is really only useful for doing an inventory.
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Thanks, glad I could help you...

Tim
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