Listing Windows Updates for fun ... and profit
A couple of month ago I was searching for a solution for managing windows updates (and maybe more).
Out of the box you've got two solutions :
- Standard Windows Update mechanisms
- WSUS (Windows Server Update Service)
Both were not ok for my needs in a small sized company, here are the reasons:
Standard Windows Update
When you have non IT users (which is the case of nearly every companies) you must enable automatic updates.
Main drawbacks of this methods is that you don't control which updates are installed and which are not and each computers download a copy from internet which is inefficient and a pure waste of bandwidth and could even be a big problems when the size of company grow beyond a few tens of users.
WSUS is a good solution from Microsoft to address the problems of standard update.
You setup the service and it will manage to find available updates, then you select the one you want and they will be downloaded. On the client you just have to change the address of the update server to point to your own update server and voilà everything is working !
But It oblige you to have a Windows 2000 or 2003 server and I really hate the strategy of lock down done by Microsoft.
As both solutions didn't suits my needs, I started looking for others. I found LSUS which is available into Samba-edu as it is an opensource project, I am pretty sure that it is quite easy to extract the LSUS part but I decided not to investigate more in this way.
At this moment I decided to investigate different solution and through Windows Update API manage to have something even not complete. The script listupdates.vbs is this result. This script for the moment just output the name and the url for the different updates, but it should not be very difficult to add the missing parts.