If you attempt to update Windows client system files that are currently in
use, the update fails and the files are not overwritten. This article
outlines a procedure that you can use to ensure these files are updated
when you restart the computer. The procedure is not supported and may be
used at your own risk. The SMSWORK component can change in future releases
of Systems Management Server.
The C:\SMS.INI file can include a [SMS Work] section, and a PendingWork
key. For this key, you can create a comma separated list of commands for
the SMSWORK.EXE component of Systems Management Server. SMSWORK.EXE
executes these commands when AUTOEXEC.BAT calls the Systems Management
Server batch file, CLIENT.BAT.
For example, if you want to update the NETAPI.DLL file in the
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory, do the following:
- Use Microsoft Test or another method to update SMS.INI as follows:
NOTE: SMS.INI is a critical file for the Systems Management Server
client and great care should be taken when altering it. SMS.INI has the
file attribute Hidden. Be sure to restore the Hidden file attribute
after you remove it.
PendingWork=copy c:\temp\netapi.dll c:\windows\system\netapi.dll /y,
- In the script you use, place the new version of NETAPI.DLL into the
c:\TEMP directory and possibly notify the user that a reboot is needed.
In this example, when the client reboots, AUTOEXEC.BAT calls CLIENT.BAT,
which invokes SMSWORK.EXE. SMSWORK reads the items from PendingWork and
executes them as separate commands according to where you place the comma
starting with the left command first. SMSWORK then copies NETAPI.DLL over
the old one, and the next command deletes the temporary version of
NETAPI.DLL. Following each command, SMSWORK automatically removes the
executed command from the PendingWork key.
By design, SMSWORK is a helper component to the modules that perform
operating system upgrades and installs. SMSWORK helps these modules by
removing local temporary directories created during the operating system
setup or undoes other actions taken by these modules, when the system