Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
How many of you are running a corporate laptop and plan to install the Zune software? Are you also using an internal Windows Software Update Server (WSUS) implementation? If you are using such a configuration and aren't connected so that the WU client can connect to your WSUS servers, the Zune installation may fail when it goes to check for updates. Ask me how I know...
Consumer meet IT. IT meet Consumer.
[UPDATED] I removed the reference to managed desktops. This is really a mobile disconnected scenario. See the comments for further clarification.
Then why is there a Zune category in WSUS then?
I'm a bonehead. I should not have added the words "and desktops" to the description in the original post. I have removed it.
The scenario here is really about the mobile workforce like myself. I have a laptop that is joined to a Microsoft domain and has group policy settings applied. Therefore, my laptop is pointed at some internal WSUS servers for updates. I really hate that because I am offline of the corporate network about 95% of the time.
So when I went to install Zune on my corp laptop, the initial install failed because I wasn't connected via VPN and the update check failed.
On try number two I was connected via VPN and it succeeded.
I had this situation, my solution was to disable network connectivity and install then connect back to the network and I was good to go.