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How can I deploy patches over an SBS 2000 server network?

We have one SBS 2000 Server running 35 clients, all of who are on either WinXP or Win2k. Applications are standard

Office XP. Is it possible to deploy patches and updates over the network rather than going to each individual workstation? I am the administrator of the network, but I am limited to what I can do! Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. Yes, it is. In fact, there are several ways to do this: Microsoft SMS (Systems Management Server) is one way; another is to send the patches as .MSI installation packages to each user via e-mail; a third is to use a third-party product such as Gravity Storm Software's Service Pack Manager (an excellent product) to remotely deploy and manage the state of fixes and patches on all your desktops.

This was first published in September 2003

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