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Deploy SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates (ITMU) and WSUS

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Everyone who uses SMS 2003 SP1 should deploy the SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates!

Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 SP1 uses the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates (ITMU) to determine the update compliance of managed systems. This tool provides integration with updates offered by Windows Update and Microsoft Update. The tool shares the same security update, update rollup, and service pack data as offered by Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

SMS 2003 SP1 is updated to incorporate WSUS technology for scanning and deployment with support for the following products:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Embedded
  • Microsoft Windows 64-bit edition (based on Windows Server 2003 SP1 code)
  • Microsoft Office XP and Office 2003
  • Microsoft Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 and later
  • All Windows components (such as MSXML, MDAC, and Microsoft Virtual Machine)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 SP4 and SQL Server 2005
  • Additional products as published to the Windows Updates catalog

ITMU includes the following components:

  • Scan tool for Microsoft updates. Enables you to scan your Windows desktops and servers for installed and missing Microsoft updates similarly to how Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) determines compliance for Microsoft security updates.
  • Synchronization of the Windows Updates Catalog. Downloads the WSUS scan catalog on a recurring schedule.
  • The latest Windows Update Agent. The Windows Update Agent version is installed on the Windows operating system to support Windows Update detection and deployment.
  • New SMS Advanced Client release and updated Distribute Software Update Wizard.

Important note: This inventory tool can be used only within an SMS 2003 SP1 site hierarchy with certain hotfixes applied! Check here for Obtaining Required Components for SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates with links to the needed components. The following list identifies the required Microsoft components:

  • Knowledge Base Article 901034.
  • Knowledge Base Article 900401.
  • Knowledge Base Article 900257.
  • Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1.
  • Windows Update Agent

See the SMS ITMU preinstallation guide for detailed instructions on how to deploy these requirements to your SMS environment.

Fortunately the Ohio SMS Users Group has already done some great work figuring out the bits and bytes, check out these great posts: Check it out, Suberb stuff!

Well, with all this information I hold my comment: Everyone who uses SMS 2003 SP1 should deploy the SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates!
SMS = Secure My System, Daniel.


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