We have downloaded XPSP3 (316MB) and are in the process of testing before deploying to 1800+ machines. We don't use LANDesk Patch Manager and are considering the best way to deploy XPSP3. Initially, I was thinking we would take the bandwidth friendly advantage of peer download by adding WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe as an Additional File to an executable distribution package and run with the following switches: "WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe /passive /forceappsclose /log:c:\XPSP3.log".
Then, I thought whether it maybe quicker to eliminate the extraction process (5mins+ on some machines) by extracting XPSP3 (400MB) then run \...\i386\update\update.exe with the /passive /forceappsclose /log:c:\XPSP3.log switches. I am conscious this would put a heavier load on the distribution share. Also I am pretty certain this method would lose the bandwidth friendly advantage of peer download because there are hundreds of files and folders to add to the Additional Files and wouldn't be practical, but I welcome any suggestions (?).
Anyone else deployed XPSP3 (without LANDesk Patch Manager) who cares to share how you found it was best done please?
LDMS 8.5 SP2