Agent Adept at Updates

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-03-12 Print this article Print

Those who need to support Compaq's line of laptops, desktops and servers will find ActiveUpdate 2.0 a significant step beyond

Those who need to support Compaqs line of laptops, desktops and servers will find ActiveUpdate 2.0 (Compaq SoftPaq 16266), the companys automated software update agent, a significant step beyond the traditional hunt-and-click method Compaq has required them to use in the past.

Using ActiveUpdate, you no longer have to search through Compaqs site every few months looking for any update that might be applicable to your equipment.

Instead, once you install the software agent, you define which Compaq hardware models you have and which operating systems they are running, and then ActiveUpdate lists all applicable updates and downloads them to your local hard drive.

Unfortunately, although ActiveUpdate downloads the updates by itself in the background, you still have to install the updates yourself. Id like the option of having ActiveUpdate do that step too (although not without my permission, of course).

Compaqs separate System Software Manager (available at does do this.

Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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