Integrating Hotfixes

Applies To: Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003

After creating a RIS image, you might want to include system updates such as hotfixes (patches) in the image. This is a relatively simple task, though there are some important facts to be aware of:

  • Updates must use Update.exe as their installation program. Almost all Windows operating system updates meet this criteria.

  • Updates added to an image in this fashion replace the files in the RIS image itself; therefore, once a machine has been installed based on this image, it is not possible to uninstall the updates.

Integrating a Hotfix

To integrate a hotfix into a RIS Image

  1. Download the desired hotfix, for example, WindowsServer2003.WindowsXP-KB999999-x64-ENU.exe, from Microsoft Download Center (

  2. Open a command window: Click Start, click Run, and then type cmd)

  3. Enter the command cd<HOTFIXDIR>, where <HOTFIXDIR> is the directory containing the hotfix.

  4. Enter the following command: <HOTFIX.EXE>/integrate:<IMAGEDIR>

    Where <HOTFIX.EXE> is the update executable and <IMAGEDIR> is the folder which holds the RIS image on the head node.

    The <IMAGEDIR> folder might be named similarly to this: D:\RemoteInstall\Setup\English\Images\WINDOWS