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Hello,

My organization is a workgroup and I need to find a tool that will scan my computers and tell me what windows updates they need.  Does anyone know of a tool that will do this?

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by:pjam
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You mean like Run: wuauclt.exe /detectnow?
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by:MHMAdmins
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Just run the windows updates from the control pannel unless you have a WSUS (windows update server) in your environment.
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by:comfortjeanius
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If the workstations are able to access the internet and windows update is set automatically then they are probably updates; plus as long as the workstation is not turned off.
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by:tmoore1962
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You could try Spiceworks, free will help you manage networks and I believe they have reports avail to list needed updates on workstations.
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by:Peter Hutchison
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Try the Windows Baseline Security Analyzer from Microsoft downloads page.
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by:soadmin
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Hello,

Actually looking for a tool with a gui that will show the computers and what updates they need.  I'd like to do this from one location and then go to their computer to apply the updates.
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Hi.

Don't get me wrong, but I don't see the point in your strategy. Some info might clear it up:
-is internet update possible/impossible/unwanted?
-could you use update packs/scripted installations?
-why not setup a WSUS (needs no domain)?
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by:MHMAdmins
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If you're looking for a GUI i could suggest Microsoft System Essentials and that will do patch maintenance, inventory and WSUS but it's a PITA to configure.
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by:soadmin
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Hello,

Yeah, I can see how this strategy sounds off, but I did not know WSUS did not need a domain....I set up a test one on a vm domain and didn't know that could be done.  Is there a way to set the WSUS up so that it does not download all of the patches to the server, but rather just tells the clients to update the approved patches?
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by:McKnife
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You mean WSUS should only be used to approve updates and clients should download themselves? (why??) yes, there is, the WSUS wizard will offer it or you can set it up in the options.
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Not really with WSUS it's just a relay point for a workgroup or a domain to download a repository of patches so as not to saturate your external internet connection when pc's are all checking for updates at once. If you want to be able to view the patches that apply to each OS in your workgroup/domain I would definately suggest a third party software such as microsoft SCE, or SCCM, or Kaseya management which will allow you to view all of the patches that are for the OS and allow you to choose which are allowed to install or which ones to ignore.
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