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  • Blog Post: Unexpected UI errors in WSUS

    Early yesterday we began to receive reports that WSUS was generating the following error within the UI: Windows Server Update Services encountered an error The specified string is invalid. Parameter name: Title This was caused by a recently released update which had quotation marks in the title: 'ISA...
  • Blog Post: Last Reminder: Internet Explorer 7 to be distributed via WSUS on February 12, 2008

    OK, this is your last reminder so if this applies to you take note  I already sent this out a couple times before so I'm sure you're getting tired of seeing it, I just don't want to hear the ole "nobody told me about this" refrain if something unintended happens on the 12th: ====== Since...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr2007: New Management Packs for WSUS and DPM Available

    We had a couple recent additions to the Management Pack catalog for System Center Operations Manager 2007 that you might be interested in.  The first is for WSUS 3.0 and the second is for Data Protection Manager: ======= Windows Server Update Services 3.0:  The Windows Server Update Services...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2007: The "Deployable to SMS 2003" property is not available for new available updates

    Today's ConfigMgr 2007 tip comes from Buz Brodin, a top gun Senior Support Escalation Engineer who works out of our North Carolina office. If you're running into issues deploying updates to SMS 2003 clients and the "Deployable to SMS 2003" property for new updates is set to No then check this out: ...
  • Blog Post: ConfigMgr 2007: WUAHandler.log - Failed to Add Update Source for WUAgent - Error = 0x80040692

    Here's a great tip on an issue you may run into if your using WSUS and ConfigMgr 2007 for updates and defining settings via a Group Policy.  This one comes from Anjana Kaku Tyagi, a Support Engineer in our Manageability group: ======== Issue: While trying to configure Software Update Point in SCCM...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 7 to be distributed via WSUS on February 12, 2008

    Just a quick heads up on a new KB article ( 946202 ) that we recently published.  If you use WSUS to manages updates in your organization then depending on how you have it configured, you may need to take some action to ensure you end up with the version of Internet Explorer you really want: ==...
  • Blog Post: Software Update Management in ConfigMgr 2007

    Like many other features in Configuration Manager 2007, software update management has been dramatically revamped. Configuration Manager separates the way that updates and regular packages are pushed to a managed agent by creating a new state-based high-priority channel for all software updates and desired...
  • Blog Post: WSUS: Moving Files and Metadata from one server to another

    Sometimes you may find it necessary to copy the WSUS catalog and updates from a server in one site to another, or to simply copy/move the data on one server to another, and since I don't think we spell that out anywhere I thought I'd post the steps here.  This is a question that always seems to...
  • Blog Post: WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate Now Available

    Just a quick heads up that the WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate is now available for download from https://connect.microsoft.com .  Just be sure to sign in and then select 'Available Connections' to see it.  It's labeled "Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1 Release Candidate...
  • Blog Post: WSUS: Clients report and detect updates but do not download content - error 0x80190194

    Here's a quick heads up on a call we've been getting a lot over the past couple days.  Hopefully this will save you some time and a phone call if you run into it: Problem Description: You may experience an issue where your clients report in and detect updates but the updates won't install. ...
  • Blog Post: Fix Available: WSUS Offline Scan Catalog Fails to Sync on ConfigMgr 2007

    The hotfix to correct this problem has been publicly released and is now available online. Microsoft Security Advisory (954474): System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Blocked from Deploying Security Updates: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/954474.mspx The Knowledge Base article...
  • Blog Post: WSUS: Clients stop reporting after WSUS 3.0 is upgraded to SP1

    We're seeing a few instances of the issue below so I thought I'd send out a preemptive heads up.  If you happen to run across this issue at least now you'll know the fix: ======== Problem: After a WSUS 2.0 SP1 or WSUS 3.0 server are upgraded to WSUS 3.0 SP1, you may notice that clients no longer...
  • Blog Post: Update: WSUS Offline Scan Catalog Fails to Sync on ConfigMgr 2007

    We recently posted some new information regarding the inability to deploy updates to SMS 2003 clients.  The original post is here and the update is here .  Just in case the links above don't work for you the same links are below: ----====---- Original post: WSUS Offline Scan Catalog Fails to...
  • Blog Post: SMS 2003: Troubleshooting the data flow for Security and Office updates

    It seems like a fairly common situation we find ourselves in around here is troubleshooting Security or Office updates so I imagine that on occasion you might find yourself in the same boat.  If so, the steps below are a high level overview of the process and what we generally follow to troubleshoot...
  • Blog Post: Supported configurations for using WSUS to distribute Forefront Client Security Definition updates within SCCM 2007

    Just a quick FYI on a recent Knowledge Base article we released describing the supported configurations for using the same WSUS instance to support both FCS v1 and ConfigMgr 2007.  I'll spare you all the gory details other than to point out the basic server requirements here: • There must...
  • Blog Post: Edit: WSUS Offline Scan Catalog Fails to Sync on ConfigMgr 2007

    Actually it looks like the issue Cecilia posted on is different. Sorry about the confusion. You'll probably want to check it out anyway if you're seeing any client/server synchronization issues in your WSUS environment: ======= Just a quick heads up that it looks like Cecilia Cole from the WSUS...
  • Blog Post: WSUS Offline Scan Catalog Fails to Sync on ConfigMgr 2007

    If you're having sync problems or seeing an update dated 3008 with Tuesdays catalog then this one's for you: ======== The June 10, 2008 release of the WSUS Offline Scan Catalog (wsusscn2.cb) fails to synchronize on a ConfigMgr 2007 or ConfigMgr 2007 SP1 site server using the Inventory Tool for Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: New Knowledge Base articles for 2-10 through 2-16

    We have a couple new Knowledge Base articles that published the week of February 10.  They're all on WSUS but check 'em out: ======= http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=948327 Windows Server Update Services 3.0 does not successfully process software inventory information for some computers or computer...