High CPU/High Memory in WSUS following Update Tuesdays

Recently, we’ve seen an increase in the number of high CPU/High Memory usage problems with WSUS, including WSUS in a System Center Configuration Manager environment – these have mostly corresponded with Update Tuesdays. Microsoft support has determined that the issue is driven primarily by the Windows 10 1607 updates, for example KB4022723, KB4022715, KB4025339, etc. See… Read more

Troubleshooting Configuration Manager and WSUS software update synchronization issues

If you’re having synchronization problems with either WSUS or System Center Configuration Manager, here’s a friendly reminder that we have a great troubleshooter that will walk you through diagnosing and fixing some of the more common issues that may be encountered when sync fails. If you ever have these kinds of issues, there’s a good… Read more

KB: Software Metering Agent fails with "Software Metering failed to start PrepDriver" in mtrmgr.log

After you install the Convenience rollup update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (3125574) and the System Center Configuration Manager client, the Software Metering Agent fails, and the following error message is recorded in the mtrmgr.log file: Software Metering failed to start PrepDriver This error can occur if you install rollup… Read more

Important note on Deploying Down Level Windows Updates with Microsoft Configuration Manager 2007

As you’re probably already aware, in October we announced a new simplified servicing model, where on the 2ndTuesday of each month you will see a new Security Monthly Quality Rollup as well as a new Security Only Quality Update. Because the Security Monthly Quality Rollup contains the same security fixes as the Security Only Quality… Read more

A new update is available for Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010

We’ve just released a new compatibility update that addresses an issue that occurs in Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 after you install the following anti-malware update for Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010: 3199963 – Revised September 2016 anti-malware platform update for Endpoint Protection clients (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3199963) Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 clients managed by System Center Configuration… Read more

KB: v_GS_AntimalwareHealthStatus view reports incorrect Endpoint Definition status in Configuration Manager 2012

We have a new KB article that describes a problem where the Endpoint Protection view v_GS_AntimalwareHealthStatus reports an incorrect Endpoint Definition status based on the AntivirusSignatureUpdateDateTime value in versions of Microsoft Configuration Manager that are older than version 1511. This problem prevents some of the information typically found in state messages for Endpoint Protection from… Read more

New KB: Configuration Manager Service Connection Point doesn’t download updates

We just released a new KB article that discusses an issue where a Service Connection Point that’s running on Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager current branch doesn’t download updates. If you’re experiencing this problem you’ll also notice entries that resemble the following logged in DMPDownloader.log: Download manifest.cab SMS_DMP_DOWNLOADER 8/2/2016 2:20:24 PM 7568 (0x1D90)WARNING: Failed to… Read more

Revised September 2016 anti-malware platform update for Microsoft Endpoint Protection clients

Just a quick FYI that we just released an anti-malware platform update package for the following clients: Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Endpoint Protection Service Pack 1 (SP1) clients Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Endpoint Protection clients Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Service Pack 2 (SP2) clients Microsoft System Center… Read more

Using a custom certificate store for Configuration Manager client authentication certificates

Author: Ray Rosen, Microsoft Premier Field Engineering Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is used in varying degrees in different organizations, and since System Center Configuration Manager 2007, it has been leveraged to support Internet Based Client Management. PKI is also an option to identify systems, as the Discovery Data Manager automatically approves clients when a PKI… Read more

Update 1610 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch is now available

Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know that update 1610 for the Technical Preview Branch of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager has been released. This month’s new features include: Improvements to the notification experience for high-impact task sequence and required application deployments: Task sequence deployments that have a high-impact to the end user, such… Read more