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  • Blog Post: How to manually remove all of WSUS

    NOTE: This article is out of date and no longer applies. We are researching alternaitves and will post them here when available. ===== Hey, let's face it, bad luck can strike the best of us, so if you find yourself in a position where your WSUS box is corrupt beyond repair, the regular uninstall...
  • Blog Post: Summary of Microsoft’s Security Bulletin Release for November 2009

    Today, we released six security bulletins addressing a total of 15 vulnerabilities. Four affect Windows and Windows Server and two affect Microsoft Office products (Excel and Word). As we do every month, we have prepared our Risk & Impact and our Deployment Priority guidance to help customers assess...
  • Blog Post: October 2009 Bulletin Release Advance Notification

    The folks over on the MSRC blog just announced Advance Notification for the October 2009 Security Bulletin Release: For October we are releasing 13 bulletins (eight critical and five important), addressing 34 vulnerabilities, affecting Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Silverlight, Forefront, Developer...
  • Blog Post: EEHndlr WARNING: Failed to populate ServiceStartup entries in Cache: error 0x80070002

    The EMEA Core Team posted a great tip on a WSUS related error they've been seeing lately: When running updates from WSUS 3.0 SP1 we are seeing the following error messages in the Windows Update Agent Log File C:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log.  We see these messages on all of our target Windows 2003...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Released to WSUS

    The WSUS product team just announced that they released SP1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 to our update services: Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 was released to Microsoft Update and Windows Server Update Services earlier today, Tuesday, June 28. You can get all the details at...
  • Blog Post: Windows Search 4 coming to Windows Update

    This is just an heads up in case you missed the announcement, but Windows Search 4 is coming to Windows Update sometime this month (if it's not already here).  Note that this update will not automatically install on WSUS clients and Windows users will either see it as an "Optional" or...
  • Blog Post: November 2008 Bulletin Release

    Over on the MSRC blog they have a post about the two bulletins included in the November 2008 bulleting release that came out today: ========= • MS08-068 : Vulnerability in SMB Could Allow Remote Code Execution (957097). This has a severity rating of Important . • MS08-069 : Vulnerabilities...
  • Blog Post: Updated Knowledge Base articles for 10-19 through 10-25

    We had three updated Knowledge Base articles for the week - one on Microsoft Update and two on WSUS.  Links and titles are below: ======== Microsoft Software Update Services 894199 - Description of Software Update Services and Windows Server Update Services changes in content for 2008 Published...
  • Blog Post: WSUS 3.0 SP2 RC Program now available on Microsoft Connect!

    Looks like Cecilia Cole announced the availability of the WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 2 Release Candidate over on the WSUS product team blog this morning.  All you have to do is sign in to your Connect account or sign up now in order to participate in the RC program, and it’s available to all registered...
  • Blog Post: The MS10-015 security update has been re-released with new detection logic

    The MSRC folks say that they have revised the installation packages for MS10-015 with new logic that prevents the security update from being installed on systems if certain abnormal conditions exist. Such conditions could be the result of an infection with a computer virus such as the Alureon rootkit...
  • Blog Post: New additions: Windows Live OneCare and System Center Online

    Over on the WSUS product team blog Cecilia announced a couple new additions: ----- Windows Live OneCare 3.0 In the next few weeks, Microsoft Update is adding a new product family to your WSUS server – Windows Live OneCare V3.0.   These product updates for Windows Live OneCare are applicable...
  • Blog Post: FCS update re-offer problem resolved – Update now available on WSUS

    I see that the WSUS product team just made an announcement about the FCS update re-offer problem and it’s resolution.  I have the meat of it below as well as a link to the source: Shortly after the release of our previously announced update for Forefront Client Security, we received reports of a...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Advisory 971778 Vulnerability in Microsoft DirectShow Released

    Just and FYI that we’ve released Microsoft Security Advisory 971778 . This discusses a new vulnerability in Microsoft DirectShow affecting Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 that is under limited attack. The advisory outlines information about the vulnerability and steps customers can take...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Advisory 973472 Released

    Just an FYI that we just posted Microsoft Security Advisory 973472, an update that highlights a vulnerability in Microsoft Office Web Components. Specifically, the vulnerability exists in the Spreadsheet ActiveX control and while we’ve only seen limited attacks, if exploited successfully, an attacker...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for October 2008

    Just a quick FYI that we posted an advance notification of an out-of-band security bulletin that is intending for release today (October 23, 2008). This bulletin advance notification will be replaced with the revised October bulletin summary on October 23, 2008. The revised bulletin summary will include...
  • Blog Post: May 2009 Security Bulletin Release

    Just saw this on the MSRC blog and thought I’d give everyone a heads up: Today we released one security bulletin, MS09-017 , affecting our PowerPoint products. This update addresses several vulnerabilities including the issue described in Microsoft Security Advisory 969136 . In that advisory, we noted...
  • Blog Post: WSUS: Reports are slow or fail with an OutOfMemoryException error

    Do you get the occasional OutOfMemoryException error when running reports in WSUS?  Are you looking to customize the reporting capabilities.  How about improving the overall performance of the reports?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then take a look at these tips from Joe...
  • Blog Post: New and updated Knowledge Base articles for 11-16 through 11-22

    Sorry for the delay in posting the new KB's but I took a couple days for Thanksgiving and I'm just now getting caught back up.  For the week of 11-16 through 11-22 we had one updated Knowledge Base article and it's our old familiar KB on SUS changes in content for 2008.  You probably have this...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting the WSUS synchronization process

    Yesterday I posted some general tips on troubleshooting the WSUS installation process and today we're going to take a quick look at troubleshooting synchronization. When troubleshooting synchronization issues you need to make sure you have the basics covered. This includes: Make sure you can browse to...
  • Blog Post: Security Advisory 981374 Released

    Just an FYI on a security bulletin release by the MSRC: Today we released Security Advisory 981374 addressing a publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7. Internet Explorer 8 is not affected by this issue. Customers using Internet Explorer 6 or 7 should upgrade to...
  • Blog Post: WSUS: Updates page times out while trying to view or approve updates

    Hello, Joe Tindale here from the WSUS team to give you some tips on those timeout errors you may see when trying to view or approve updates. This problem is prevalent on WSUS2 but it can happen on WSUS3 as well. It usually happens when a large number of updates or clients are on the server, client detection...
  • 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: WSUS clients fail with WARNING: SyncServerUpdatesInternal failed: 0x80244010

    Here’s an issue we have been seeing lately that I wanted to let you know about.  If you've just rolled out some new clients and are seeing these errors then this should explain why. ========  Issue: Newly built clients may fail to sync with the WSUS server with the following error: 2008...
  • 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: New and Updated Knowledge Base articles for 10-12 through 10-18

    We had two updated Knowledge Base articles for the week - one on Windows Update and one on WSUS.  Links and titles are below: ======== Windows Update 900936 - Error code 0x8024402C when you try to install updates on Windows Update or Microsoft Update Web sites Published - Updated Desktop -- Windows...