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Patch Management-How To

How to create packages for hotfixes that are not made public?


This document provides you with steps required to install hotfixes that are delivered by a company (for example, Microsoft) but are not made public. When hotfixes are not made public, you must install them by creating a package, as you would for a software application.


To create packages for hotfixes that are not made public, follow the steps given below:

  1. Download the hotfix from an appropriate Web site
  2. Click the Software Deployment tab
  3. Click Add Package
  4. Depending on the type of hotfix, select either one of the following options:
    • MSI
    • MSIEXEC/EXE/ISS/Command
  5. Select HTTP Path (URL)
  6. Click Add More
  7. Choose the required file
  8. Use the required silent installation switch
  9. Note: Refer to the Information About Switches section.

  10. Click Add Package
  11. Select the package
  12. In the Actions column, click the Install/Uninstall Software icon
  13. Enter a name and description for the configuration
  14. Select the required deployment settings
  15. Select the required client systems using the Define Target option
  16. Click Deploy

You have created and deployed a package for hotfixes not made public.

Information About Switches

This section comprises information regarding switches that you should use for EXE and MSU files.

For EXE files

Use any of the following switches for EXE files:

  • /passive /quiet /norestart
  • /q:a /r:n:
  • -ms -ma
  • -install

For MSU files

Use /quiet /norestart for MSU files.