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Service Pack Blues

Shane CorellianShane Corellian

It’s important to know which of your computers don’t have the latest Windows Service Packs. I’m going to show you a quick way to find this out using the inventory in Admin Arsenal.

Our goal is to create a collection for each operating system, and then roll them up into one collection folder which will give a birds-eye view of all the missing service packs. In the end, you should have collections that look like this:

The first step is to create a collection folder. Once you have the folder, right click on it and select Any Children under Collection Folder Rollup. This will show all of the computers that appear in any of the child collections we create.

Below this collection folder, create a dynamic collection for each operating system. Each collection will need two filters, one for the operating system and one for the service pack. For example, the XP collection looks like:

Once you’re done, all you need to do is select the top folder to see all of your computers which are out of date. Collections are “live” in that when computers get re-scanned, the members of the collection will be updated automatically.

You can tweak any of the collections to meet your needs. You may have, for example, some computers which cannot or should not be updated. You could then add filters to the appropriate collections to keep them from showing up.

To save you time, I’ve exported the collections used in in the example (out-of-date-service-packs.xml) Import them and use them to your heart’s content.

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