Debugging Scripts in MaxFocus Remote Management

Mark Berry December 18, 2015

Sometimes a script is failing or timing out when run from the MaxFocus dashboard and you need to duplicate dashboard behavior manually from a command prompt. Here’s how:

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Set Up and Download Scripts and Helpers

Mark Berry December 10, 2015

Scripting is great, but if you manage a bunch of computers, how do you get those scripts and their helper programs onto the computers in the first place? I wrote a script for that!

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Print Detailed Windows Update Information

Mark Berry November 12, 2015

Earlier this year, I wrote about how to show and change Windows Update settings on a machine using PowerShell. But sometimes you need to know more about a Windows update than you can see in those scripts or in the Windows user interface, for example the UpdateID. This PowerShell script will print key information about one or more udpates. Run it from a Remote Management tool or directly on the machine you are investigating.

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Uninstall and Hide Windows Updates

Mark Berry November 11, 2015

Sometimes Microsoft releases a bad update via Windows Update. It might be 3035583 that has been released multitple times to to push Windows 10 nag prompts to users. Or 3097877 that causes Outlook to crash repeatedly.

Here is a PowerShell script that uses wusa.exe to uninstall an update, then PowerShell to hide that same update. It will even check for superseded updates with the same number and hide those. The script was designed to run from the MaxFocus dashboard but can also be run standalone.

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PowerShell Script to Change Windows Update Settings

Mark Berry March 12, 2015

I’ve already posted a script to show Windows Update settings. What if you want to change the settings? In particular, I needed to be able to use MAXfocus Site Automated Tasks to change the NotificationLevel so I could control when downloads and updates happen.

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Updated PowerShell Script to Show Windows Update Settings

Mark Berry March 12, 2015

Last year in this article, I posted a PowerShell script to display Windows Update settings. I’ve enhanced that script to show two additional values and to optionally list all pending updates.

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Install MAXfocus Agent over Network with PsExec

Mark Berry January 15, 2015

I blogged earlier about how to Install GFI MAX Agent via Startup Script. But what if you want to quickly deploy the agent without rebooting the machine? And someone is logged on to the machine so you can’t access its desktop?

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Run Ninite Pro with Nice Logs from MAXfocus

Mark Berry December 16, 2014

I’ve deployed Ninite Pro to update non-Windows applications on computers that I manage. I’m running it in silent mode but I wanted some decent logging so I can review what it did. This is especially useful when run from the MAXfocus dashboard as a Scheduled Task:  the output is visible from the dashboard.

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