Managing System Center Configuration Manager clients in a workgroup

When managing SMS or SCCM clients that are in a workgroup, clients will need access to a WINS server the contains the proper entries for the SMS/SCCM site systems.  If a WINS is not available, as an alternative you can edit the LMHOSTS and HOSTS files on each client to allow for name resolution. LMHOSTS… Read more

Notification of revised WSUSScn2.cab released on 02/10/2010

Today the WU/MU team released a revised WSUSSCN2.CAB file. This new cab file addresses missing files for bulletin MS012-012 for Windows 2000 for the following language platforms only: Czech Denmark Greek Finland Hungary Italy Norway Polish Portuguese-Brazil Portuguese Russia Turkish If you do not use Windows 2000 in your environment, or if you do not… Read more

SMS 2003 transitions to extended support

As we mentioned here last month, mainstream support for SMS 2003 ends on January 12, 2010.  Well that date came a went this week so I just wanted to remind everybody that SMS 2003 has now entered the Extended Support phase of it’s life.  Jeff Wettlaufer, Senior Technical Product Manager for System Center, talks a… Read more

Heads up on a few recent SMS 2003 and ConfigMgr 2007 KB articles

I’ve been out for a while due to the winter break so I’m still trying to get caught up on all the things I’ve missed, and part of that includes all the new Knowledge Base articles we published over the last few weeks.  There are far too many to discuss each one individually but I’ve… Read more

Mainstream support for SMS 2003 will end on January 12, 2010

Mainstream support for SMS 2003 will end on January 12th, 2010.  On January 12, 2010, SMS 2003 will be entering the extended phase of support. What is the difference between Mainstream Support, Extended Support, and online self-help support? Source: http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifepolicy Note: A hotfix is a modification to the commercially available Microsoft product software code to… Read more

Troubleshooting patch installation issues on SMS 2003 ITMU with Exit Code 32788

I thought of blogging this information as it took a little bit of time to identify the root cause of the issue and I didn’t see it documented publicly anywhere.  Hopefully if you run into the same issue this will help you find a quick solution. Symptom: Patch installation fails with the following error: ERROR:… Read more

Notification of revised WSUSScn2.cab released on 08/03/2009

This afternoon the WU/MU team released a revised WSUSSCN2.CAB file. This new cab file address several reported issues with last Tuesday’s release of the security bulletins MS09-034 and MS09-035. Most of these problems were limited in nature, but we recommend that .cab users download and run this newer version of the .cab file. Thanks, The… Read more

SMS 2003 SP3 ITMU scan fails with WSUSScn2.CAB released on June 23rd

We’ve seen some issues reported over the past couple of days where the SMS 2003 SP3 ITMU scan is failing on some or all clients with code 87 (The parameter is incorrect).  When this occurs, the SMSWusHandler.log contains entries similar to the following on the failure: ERROR: UpdateSearcher::Search() failed. An error occurred when searching with… Read more

Six new Configuration Manager/SMS Knowledge Base articles for the week ending 06/20/2009

We had five new Knowledge Base articles for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 last week and one for SMS 2003: I won’t go into the details of each but you can check out the article titles and links below: ======== KB971225 – Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 are… Read more

Updates to Supported Platforms for SMS 2003 and ConfigMgr 2007

This should go out in an updated Knowledge Base article within the next couple days but I figured I’d give all of you an advanced, sneak preview anyway.  Below are our updated statements regarding supported platforms for Systems Management Server 2003 and System Center Configuration Manager 2007: * SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 is… Read more