Patch Management Engine (PME) Update

We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the Patch Management Engine (PME) v2.5.0 scheduled for Tuesday, January 18th 2022

This release contains a number of improvements and bug fixes. The key changes within this build are as below:

Handle Feature Upgrades when 3rd party AV Disk Encryption is enabled

Starting with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update release, Microsoft provides new command line parameters which specify the path to a folder that contains encryption drivers for a computer that has third-party encryption enabled. Leveraging this will reduce the possibility of encountering errors during the upgrade.

Within this release, we have hardcoded the recommended default path as specified by Microsoft and will look in this location for the setupconfig.ini which is filled out by encryption vendors, all vendors we have checked so far are using this path including ESET, Kaspersky, and McAfee:

Default path: “%systemdrive%\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WSUS\SetupConfig.ini”

We have also added the capability to add your own custom path to the patch config files. Instructions and scripts created from our tech tribe to populate this on mass will follow on launch and be available in the success center and documentation.

Rework of Google Chrome Architecture Detection

Google’s own update installers on occasion install references to both architecture versions, in our tests we found this mostly happened with .exe installers. We have also found that Google continues to reside in the folder of its very first install, therefore if at any point a 32-bit version was installed then changed to 64, it will still work and run out of the 32-bit folders and leverage those reg keys.

This has made this hard for us to detect which update version is needed therefore we have reworked the way we check the architecture so we can ensure we know exactly what architecture the OS is, what versions have been installed, and which version to update it with.

Minor Updates

  • RMMAdapter includes patch classifications (pre-req to upcoming patch class improvements)
  • Improvement to ‘productlookup’ for Windows 11
  • Improved protection of named pipes protocol

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