I am finishing up some training internally here on servicing technologies and will probably leverage some of that content to this blog for external consumption after the holidays.
One thing I wanted to know from those of you who look over the blog is what specific questions you have in regards to servicing and how it works? I would like to make sure that I address some or all of those questions next year. I ask that you dont ask questions that you know I cant really answer for you like "Why dont you bring back update.exe?" and things like that, I dont have control over that.
However I think we could have some good discussions on how different things work, how they are fixed, etc. I still welcome criticism in the comments too, I just wont be able to do much about them here :)
Hope everyone has a good holiday period, please load up the comments and I will do what I can.
Many times after reinstalling Vista, I can't reliably install already downloaded *.cab updates (things like Ultimate Extras and Bitlocker repair tool etc) using pkgmgr. Sometimes, the packages "install" (appear in Programs & Features) but actual files are not installed (no games in program files) and shortcuts don't appear in Start menu. I have to uninstall and installing again makes them work *sometimes*. This never happens with MSU updates because they're maybe handled by WUSA.exe? The same issue also doesn't arise if I install Extras and cab updates from Windows Update. This happens on Vista SP2 (both 32-bit and 64-bit).
Another question as there seems to be confusion over the internet: Can SP2 be slipstreamed into an Vista with SP1 image or not? Or we must use the complex install SP2 on SP1, capture, generalize (Reverse integration method?
Thanks for the comments so far guys, keep them coming. I will address both of these early next year.
Another one: Why is the /passive switch not supported for updates. With update.exe, there was a "/passive" switch that was IMMENSELY USEFUL when installing batch updates via a script as it was UNATTENDED but displayed the progress. WUSA only has the /quiet switch but does SILENT unattended installs. Please also support the /PASSIVE switch for future updates perhaps beginning with Windows 7 SP1. Right now I am forced to use a command prompt/cscript to install MSU updates to I can see its process has exited and the next one has begun installing.