6 Replies Latest reply on Sep 3, 2013 11:32 AM by JoeDrwiega

    LANDesk Patch Manager (Windows Update detection)

    Rookie

      Hi all.

       

      Please, is there a way how to programatically detect LANDesk Patch Manager is installed on the system and is patching Windows Updates?

       

      Is there any specific registry entry or configuration file containing this information?

       

      Maybe if someone with Patch Manager istalled is able to send me this two registry folder contents (I can't have LANDesk installed, only want to detect it):

       

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update

       

      Screenshots from REGEDIT will be OK.

       

      Thank you,

      Peter

        • 1. Re: LANDesk Patch Manager (Windows Update detection)
          Rookie

          Please, nobody have LANDesk Patch Manager installed to send me those registry entries?

           

          I have no other idea how to detect Patch Manager "windwos uptade patching" feature.

           

          Peter

          • 2. Re: LANDesk Patch Manager (Windows Update detection)
            mrspike SSMMVPGroup

            Not sure what you are asking...

             

            LANDesk does not utilize Windows Update.

             

            Are you wanting to know if LANDesk is installed?   You can check here:

            HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\LANDesk\ManagementSuite\WinClient

             

             

            The keys you link to are only for the Windows Update tool, not LANDesk

            • 3. Re: LANDesk Patch Manager (Windows Update detection)
              Specialist

              Hey,

              Unfortunately I'm also not 100% on what you are asking however I'll have a go at trying to provide some insight.

              What do you mean by detect patch manager but cannot have landesk installed?  Vulscan is primarily what runs patch manager for the clients.  You can check the vulscan settings via inventory (Landesk Management > Vulnerability Scan) but if you don't have the agent you won't have inventory and also will not have vulscan.

               

              While mrspike is correct that Landesk doesn't use windows updates directly, you still need to have the service enabled and files as the msu uses it to install the updates. 

               

              Those registry keys you mention will configure the computer and how it will respond (mostly for user experience or reporting back to WSUS).  An example of this is that we disable windows update access and edit reboot warnings to the extent that almost everything to do with windows update is hidden to the user.  If this is what you are asking and trying to achieve than happy to share my settings.

               

              One of your other points is to find out if a device is patching.  You can simply right click the device in your console and select "Security and Patch Information".

               

              If none of this helps then you may need to explain further what you are trying to achieve.

              • 4. Re: LANDesk Patch Manager (Windows Update detection)
                JoeDrwiega SupportEmployee

                You can set up a query in the console For Computer/Type =Server AND Computer/Security/Patch History/Action Date LIKE 2013 and the for the Components Section Computer/Display Name -Device Name and Computer/Security/Patch History - Action Date and Computer/Security/Patch History - Message and Computer/Security/Patch History - Patch. This will give you the Name, Patch, Date of Install, and Message (Reboot, Done, etc...) then you can go further by creating a Report or CSV. If you Create a report from it you can schedule it out as an .xls as I do for whoever wants it each week. They take the excel doc and filter by weeks and/or patchs like Windows Updates.

                • 5. Re: LANDesk Patch Manager (Windows Update detection)
                  Rookie

                  ..."An example of this is that we disable windows update access and edit reboot warnings to the extent that almost everything to do with windows update is hidden to the user"... I think this is exactly what they mean in my work description "customer is using Landesk to handle patching of Windows Updates".

                   

                  Problem is I have to detect it programatically, without using LANDesk (or other application).

                   

                  As mrspike wrote, there is a way how to detect LANDesk installed using registry entry (thank you for that, it will be useful). So my question is, if there is some other registry entry/xml/config file/something , where patching settings of LANDesk are stored.

                  • 6. Re: LANDesk Patch Manager (Windows Update detection)
                    JoeDrwiega SupportEmployee

                    Your best bet is to look in C:\ProgramData\vulScan (Windows 7) there are many logs and xml files that might help you find what your looking for.