AskPFEPlat: New Slow-Boot-Slow-Logon Hotfix available for Windows 7/2008 R2

SBSL Hotfix Rollup

Mark at AskPFEPlat announced the release of a new slow-boot-slow-login (SBSL) hotfix rollup particularly useful for corporate Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 customers:

Hey y’all, Mark here with some great news. A massive Slow Boot Slow Login (SBSL) hotfix rollup for enterprises that includes 90 post Windows 7/2008 R2  hotfixes is available for download. The hotfixes focus on performance (Hooray!) and stability (Hooray again!). There are improvements to the DFSN client, Folder Redirection, Offline Files and Folders, WMI, and SMB client to name a few. There also improvements to Group Policy which gets blamed for pretty much everything when I’m doing a WDRAP. You can read the full list of improvements here.

Also, he’s got a cool tip for IT Pros to really demonstrate their value on this one!

Second, use Xperf to baseline before and after the update is applied. We’ve been talking about Xperf forever here. Use this as an opportunity to really be the hero. Show the improvement that can affect EVERYONE in the enterprise daily. Multiply that by how many work days there are and that is a nice thing to hang your hat on. Not a bad day at the office.

Great idea – take a baseline, measure the improvement. Awesome. The full post is here.

SCCM/WSUS Integration

Update: As helpful related information, Mike Griswold posted a helpful guide on how you can integrate the hotfix rollup – which isn’t on WindowsUpdate – into your WSUS or ConfigMgr catalog for deployment to clients.

This week Microsoft rolled out a BIG hotfix (90 hotfixes) rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.  It is being distributed as an enterprise hotfix and so I think it likely that a lot of you folks running SCCM to manage your enterprise might want to roll out this hotfix.  One big advantage that comes to mind is including it in your OSD image capture to cut down on patch install time for future deployments.   The trick is that “out of the box” you can’t deploy this.  It does not sync to WSUS and your SCCM software update point (SUP) automatically.  There are some simple steps you can take to get it there, however.

Really short article, lots of pictures, easy steps.

If you’ve tested and are happy with it, you now have integration instructions to help you ease it out into the wild! (And you said I didn’t care about you.)

Posted by Tristan Kington, MSPFE “Editor”

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