Best practices for catalog authoring in System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP)

If you’re looking for some guidance and best practices on how to author and maintain high quality System Center Update Publisher (SCUP) catalogs then you’re at the right place.  Our very own Jason Lewis has created an authoring guide that will answer just about every question you could have including: "When should I modify my… Read more

A new product category called Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime will be added to WSUS

According to the great WSUS product team blog there will be a new product category called Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime added under the product family called Developer Tools, Runtimes, and Redistributables.  So what is the Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime you ask?  To run solutions that are created by using… Read more

Two new WSUS product categories for Office Communicator Server and Office Communicator

Just an FYI that the WSUS product team announced the release of 2 new categories for “Office Communicator Server and Office Communicator”.  The two new categories are: Office Communications Server 2007 R2:  The Office Communications Server 2007 R2 product category will include updates for the Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 R2, including service packs, critical… Read more

Coming Soon: New BizTalk Server Product Family and Host Integration Server Product Categories

In case you missed it, the WSUS product recently announced that in a few days you will see a new product family in your WSUS server – BizTalk Server.  The BizTalk Server product family will include updates for Host Integration Server 2000, Host Integration Server 2004, and Host Integration Server 2006. For more information and… Read more

"Office Communications Server" becomes “Office Communications Server and Office Communicator”

Over on the WSUS product team blog they announced that later this month you will see the product family called “Office Communications Server” updated to “Office Communications Server & Office Communicator”.   This category will contain updates to components offered for various components of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and … Read more

New Category for Microsoft Expression Product Family

In case you missed this over on the WSUS product team blog, in the next few weeks they’ll be adding a new category to your WSUS server – Expression Media 2.  This category belongs to the Microsoft Expression product family and will include updates for Expression Media 2, including service packs, optional updates, and critical… Read more

New Revisions for MS08-053 (KB954156) and MS08-054 (KB954154)

In case you missed the announcement, the WSUS product team has released new revisions for MS08-053 (KB954156) and MS08-054 (KB954154) today.  You will see new revisions for both in your WSUS synchronization results, and the WSUSscan.cab will be re-released as well.  For further details on the revisions,  please see the bulletins: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-053.mspx http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-054.mspx J.C. Hornbeck… Read more

Cannot synchronize WSUS – Synchronization stays at 0%

Here’s an interesting issue recently discovered by Joe Tindale, one of our top WSUS Support Escalation Engineers out in North Carolina: ======== Issue: When trying to synchronize a WSUS 3.0 SP1 computer, it may not sync and progress may remain at 0%. When this occurs you may not see any obvious errors and the sync… Read more

WSUS: How to confirm WSUS fix 954960 is installed

Here’s a cool tip from Mike Johnson, one of our expert WSUS engineers out in Charlotte, North Carolina.  If you’ve rolled out the recent WSUS sync fix then he explains how you can verify that the patch is in fact installed. ======== We recently released a fix for the synchronization issue described in Knowledge Base… Read more

WSUS: So why do updates offered on Windows Update differ from those WSUS reports as needed?

Joe Tindale, one of our top gun WSUS Support Escalation Engineers, recently wrote up a good explanation on why the updates offered by Windows Update or Microsoft Update may differ from the number reported by WSUS as being ‘Needed’.  If you’ve ever seen this and wondered why then take a look below: ======== Issue: You… Read more