Monday, 19 January 2009

Manually run Altiris Patch Management Inventory Policies on a client

A command-line utility called "AeXPatchUtil.exe" is a new feature for Altiris Patch Management 6.2. It has been placed in the directory C:\Program Files\Altiris\Altiris Agent\Agents\PatchMgmtAgent and can be used on a computer with the Altiris Software Update Agent installed to run Inventory policies.

There are four Inventory policies that the above Patch command line utility is supposed to run when used with the "/I" option.

Under the Global folder:

  •   Default Windows OS Inventory Policy
  •   Default Windows Software Release Inventory Policy

Under the Microsoft folder:

  •   Default Microsoft Software Inventory Policy
  •   Default Microsoft Vulnerability Analysis Policy

When the user runs the Patch command line utility AeXPatchUtil /I only three of the four Global and Microsoft policies are run. Currently the Default Windows OS Inventory Policy is being missed. Additional information can be found on

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