How To: Filter by Patches Listed in a Text File

Version 2

    Purpose

     

    This document explains how to use patches listed in a text file as either a baseline or exclusion filter in a scan template in Shavlik Protect 9.2 or Ivanti Patch for Windows Servers (PWS) 9.3+

     

    Some of the benefits of this include:

    • The text file can be stored anywhere that can be accessed by the console (UNC share, local drive, etc.)
    • You can easily modify your text file to change add or remove patches from your filtration without going into the console or even accessing the console server
    • Changes take effect immediately, so as soon as you edit/save the file, any scan with a template that references it will return your updated results

     

    Steps

     

    • Open your scan template you want to use for the filtration (existing or new)
    • Select whether you want to use list as a Baseline or Exceptions filter
      • Baseline - Scans using a Baseline filter will return status for ONLY the patches listed in the file and nothing else
      • Exceptions - Scans using an Exceptions filter will return status for all patches allowed by the other filtration (Vendors, Families, Patch Properties, etc.) EXCEPT those patches listed in the file
    • Create a text file to reference, either outside of Protect or within a Patch Scan Template by clicking the New button in the Baseline or Exceptions pane
      • The New button will be grayed out until you select either Baseline or Exceptions in that pane as described in the previous step

    • Add the desired QNumbers (only one per line)
    • Save your file and link it to your template
      • If you created the list within your scan template, you'll see the text file you saved is already linked
      • If you created the text file outside of Protect/PWS, link your file to your template by entering the file path in the File: field or by clicking the browse button (...) next to it and locating your file

                  

    • Save the template
    • Scan and verify results

     

    Additional Information

     

    To use a Patch Group for similar filtration, see How To: Include or Exclude Specific Patches in Scan Results

     

    Affected Product(s)

     

    Shavlik Protect 9.2.x

    Ivanti Patch for Windows Servers 9.3+