Display a list of installed hotfixes on a remote computer

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 6 Oct. 2011 / Last Updated on 6 Oct. 2011]

How to use the Get-Hotfix Windows PowerShell cmdlet to display a list of installed hotfixes on a remote computer.

Get-Hotfix is one of the Windows PowerShell cmdlets that can act on a remote computer by using the -ComputerName parameter. You can use the Get-Hotfix cmdlet to quickly display a list of installed hotfixes on a remote computer. For example, if the name of the remote computer is SEA-SRV-01 then you could type the following command from the Windows PowerShell command shell:

Get-Hotfix -computername SEA-SRV-01 | Select HotfixID, Description, InstalledOn | Sort-Object InstalledOn

The results might look like this:

HotfixID           Description            InstalledOn

KB975467      Hotfix                       11/7/2010 3:00:00 AM

KB978251      Security Update     11/7/2010 3:00:00 AM

etc.

You can also abbreviate the above command like this:

Get-Hotfix –cn SEA-SRV-01 | Select HotfixID, Description, InstalledOn | sort InstalledOn

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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