patches

Howto: List all installed Windows updates in an easy to read format

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Jesper has written a .vbs script that easily lists all installed updates on a Windows machine and outputs the results to a nicely formatted .htm file. The .htm file included links to the applicable Microsoft KB article for the particular update, and also includes the installation date. To run the script, start a command prompt […]

Microsoft request hotfix web submission form

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Hotfixes are small patches that address very specific problems with Microsoft products.  These patches are not available to the general public for download. In the past, technicians have had to call Microsoft’s 1-800 number to request access to the hotfixes. Now, you can submit an online request for the hotfixes.  All you need to do is provide […]

Zenworks Imaging: PXE-T04 Illegal TFTP operation on workstations

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1607: Unable to install Installshield Scripting Runtime during Groupwise client install

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I was trying to install the Groupwise 7.0.1 client on a Windows 2000 machine that was running the Groupwise 6.5.7 client, and kept getting the following error: 1607: Unable to install Installshield Scripting Runtime I tried uninstalling the Groupwise 6.5.7 client, rebooting, then running the client 7.0.1 setup again, but it didn’t make any difference. […]

Howto: Patch an OES Linux server after a new installation using the Red Carpet (rug) command line

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Before you do anything else, if you’re running an OES version prior to SP2, make sure you prepare the OES server for patching. A Cool Tool is available to make this process easier. If you are running OES SP2, read TID3045794 for an overview of the process. That being said, I have a brand new […]

Howto: Block Windows 2003 SP2 from Automatic Updates

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Starting June 12, 2007, Windows 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) will be automatically installed on Windows 2003 servers that have Automatic Update (AU) setup to download and install critical updates without administrator approval.  This service pack is also installed when visiting Microsoft Update or Windows Update and automatically updating your system. A toolkit is available […]

IMF still updating through Automatic Updates despite being disabled

by File in: diagnostics, events, exchange, microsoft update, patches, troubleshooting, windows update

I have a strong belief that thou shall not allow Automatic Updates (AU) to be automatically installed on Windows servers. 95% of the time the updates are just fine, but that other 5% can be quite painful. Last night I installed KB927891 that AU had downloaded. AU actually downloaded two updates, but the one for […]

Windows 2003 SP2 problems on Windows 2003 SBS servers

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When new service packs are released by Microsoft, I tend to wait a few weeks before installing them on my systems. Why? I’ve been burned before by ‘updates’ that make systems unstable, unusable, or even unbootable. It’s awful nice of Microsoft to finally release a KB article describing the problems Windows 2003 SP2 can cause […]

troubleshooting the inetinfo.exe process running at 100% utilization

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One of my clients has a Windows 2000 SP4/ Exchange 2000 SP3 server that I support. They know if needs to be replaced soon, but because they are already handling too many other projects, they are attempting to hold off on migrating to Exchange 2007 in summer 2008. Everything had been running great on the […]

dealing with the svchost/msi problem

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Many people have been experiencing Windows lockups and 100% CPU utilization due to the infamous svchost/msi problem. The apparent culprit is the Automatic Updates/Windows Update client – check out the sequence of updates that Microsoft has released to address this issue. KB92781 was first released February 20, 2007. Thanks for finally getting this fixed Microsoft, […]