Support Tip: Many new revisions of updates may be downloaded by the WSUS server

UPDATE – 12/4/2012: The System Center Configuration Manger team has released a hotfix ( to address the re-downloading and redistributing issues described by this post.  To minimize further impact, it is strongly suggested that all Configuration Manager 2007 admins install the hotfix immediately to all Configuration Manager 2007 primary and secondary site servers.  ===== Microsoft… Read more

Support tip: Installation of KB2720211 fails with Error 0x80004005: Unspecified error

Consider a scenario where you have encountered issues with the installation of KB2720211 (An update for Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 is available) which forced you to remove and reinstall WSUS. Afterward, when reinstalling 2720211 it fails to install and in the MWusSetup.txt file you find the following: 2012-07-01 15:45:58 Success CustomActions.Dll… Read more

Will security advisory KB2719615 be added to the offline Microsoft Update Catalog?

UPDATED 6/26/2012: We’ve had a few questions regarding critical updates and WSUSSCN2.CAB so I thought I’d publish a quick explainer in case you were wondering the same. Question: Is security advisory KB2719615 going to be added for Microsoft Update Catalog in the near future? Answer: KB2719615 is a critical update, so like all other MSRC… Read more

How To Expire Software Updates in System Center Updates Publisher And Synchronize the Expired Updates in Configuration Manager 2007

Looks like our very own Fei Xia on the ConfigMgr 2007 Sustained Engineering team wrote up a great blog post on how to expire Software Updates in System Center Updates Publisher and synchronize the expired updates in Configuration Manager 2007.  If you’ve ever struggled with this or wanted to know more about how it works… Read more

Information on the ConfigMgr 2007 client side process for Software Updates

I already posted this over on our Configuration Manager blog but since it relates to WSUS I thought some of you might like to see it as well.  If you’ve integrated WSUS into your ConfigMgr environment then this is some good reading by our very own Brian Shaw: ===== I want to take a minute… Read more

Announcing the release of the Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 3.0

This release of the Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 3.0 completely replaces the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool version 2.1. VMST 3.0 helps customers reduce IT costs by making it easier to update their offline virtual machines, templates, and virtual hard disks with the latest operating system and application patches—without introducing vulnerabilities into their IT… Read more

SMS 2003: ITMU v3 requires two passes, two reboots, to deploy April 2010 security patches

We’ve been getting some calls about this one so I thought it deserved a mention here.  If you’re having some ITMU related issues with the April 2010 security patch install then you’ll want to take a quick read of this one.  Note that this issue only affects SMS 2003.  Our currently supported products, ConfigMgr 2007… Read more

Survey: What are your top pain points for the use of ConfigMgr and WSUS?

If you love taking surveys, and who doesn’t, then you’ll definitely want to stop by MyITForum and give ours a shot.  And if you’re thinking "Wow, I love surveys, but who has the time?" then don’t worry, ours is only a single question.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.  So if you’d like to… Read more

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP) Now Available!

I know this isn’t WSUS specific but I thought it was something you’d appreciate hearing about nonetheless.   The Solution Accelerator team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP). Designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide… Read more