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Hey Folks,

How many of you are aware of http://www.kbalertz.com. Its really cool site I have been using for more than a year. It emails you links to all the new articles based on your selection to your email.

“kbAlertz.com is an e-mail notification system that scans the entire Microsoft Knowledge Base every night, and e-mails you when updates or additions are made to the technologies you subscribe to. Since we scan the entire knowledge base, we also have a pretty good search system for you to use on the left menu.

Subscribing is easy. Simply fill out your e-mail address and password below. Then, select the technologies that you’re interested in. That’s it. Now you’ll be kept up to date when Microsoft publishes updates to your favorite technologies!!“

Very recently, Microsoft has added RSS Feeds feature to the support knowledge base. RSS feed for KB’s.  http://www.support.microsoft.com/gp/rsshelp 

MS also has added a new subscription feature where in you will be notified for the new downloads & Microsoft Download Notifications: Downloads? Sign Up to Be Notified

More on http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/render.aspx?displaylang=en&content=notifications

Happy Reading!
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
MVP – SUS / WSUS
Windows Server Update Services Wiki
http://www.wsuswiki.com/Athifs
Save the Internet. Keep all Systems Patched

Applications that fear to fail with Windows Server 2003 Service # 1

In continuation to my blog, Windows 2003 Server Service Pack# 1 Known Issues with SUS!!!  here you will find some more information on what you need to consider before you actually install Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, you need to take care of some applications which may fail due to the tightened security. Read more on Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 application compatibility


 


Happy Reading!
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
MVP – SUS / WSUS
Windows Server Update Services Wiki
http://www.wsuswiki.com/Athifs
Save the Internet. Keep all Systems Patched

Blogs I read & recommend

Blogs I read: Here you will find a list of Microsoft Blogs I read & I suggest these readings for IT PRO Folks;


  1. Microsoft Community Blogs
  2. MSDN Blogs
  3. TechNet Blogs
  4. Microsoft Exchange Team Blog
  5. WSUS Product Team Blog
  6. WSUSwiki
  7. Windows Server Blogs

Blogs I recommend reading;


  1. myITForum Blogs
  2. MVP Blogs
  3. Indian MVP Bloggers – Maintained by Anand M
  4. MVPBlog.com – Presented by Sudhakar Sadasivuni
  5. Alexander’s TechGalaxy.net

Happy Reading!
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
MVP – SUS / WSUS
Windows Server Update Services Wiki
http://www.wsuswiki.com/Athifs
Save the Internet. Keep all Systems Patched

Day -2: Singapore Asia Pacific MVP Summit.

So, day- 2 was not so bad. Being a Windows Server MVP, we had a session on PKI which was boring with just little content. Later in the evening, we had a session on Tuning Terminal Service performance by Dan Fox and I really learned some good things out of this session.


Caveats:


  • Don’t enable /PAE Switch in boot.ini on a Terminal Server, because those switches change the partition between the application memory space and kernel memory space. These switches gives each application 3GB of memory, which in turn only leaves 1GB for the kernel—a disaster in Terminal Server environments! . It has got some issues. More on http://www.brianmadden.com/content/content.asp?ID=69
  • Disable Network Drives and Network Printers from User properties Terminal Services Tab. It eats your network bandwidth and CPU too at the time of logging in to windows.

We also had a session on Microsoft System Center – Data Protection Manager aka DPM this was really rocking..!! It’s a new concept and the application is still on BETA. One thing to remember that is it works on Windows Server 2003 and only backup your File Server which Microsoft has really to think on! I gave some feedback to the PM, Karandeep Anand of DPM group and let’s see how it goes in future. Join the DPM Community


Read the DPM Product Overview & Get Answers to Frequently Asked DPM Questions


Happy Reading!
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
MVP – SUS / WSUS
Windows Server Update Services Wiki
http://www.wsuswiki.com/Athifs
Save the Internet. Keep all Systems Patched

Day -1: Singapore Asia Pacific MVP Summit.

Hey All,


As I have blogged earlier, I am in Singapore to attend Asia Pacific Regional MVP Summit. It’s really exciting here and I met couple of MVP’s from India, Srilanka, Australia … and I am mingling with them. We really had a good session today from speakers like Cally Ko, Sean O` Driscoll, Manish, Lori and some other evangelists too. We had a good demo on Longhorn. I got to learn about Exchange 12 & Office 12, it looks to be promising.


Hectic day and later in evening we spent our time in Singapore Night Safari. Oh let me tell you we had good fun right after the dinner along with Indian MVP’s. It was good to see Sean on the stage with tremendous foot-work (dance dance) and some good performance even without the laptop with him…it was really fun to see him and the FIRE SHOW was fabulous. May be someone will POST the pictures too.


Then we all went for Night Safari and it was good to see the the Elephants, Tigers, Lions and many beautiful animal creatures.


It’s almost 1 AM in the morning.


Happy Reading!
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
MVP – SUS / WSUS
Windows Server Update Services Wiki
http://www.wsuswiki.com/Athifs
Save the Internet. Keep all Systems Patched

Basic Troubleshooting Steps using SUS with AU

Based on my experience in Automatic Updates with Software Update Services (SUS) I am adding a few Troubleshooting steps which you can try in resolving issues related to Automatic Updates. Well, this is my approach and based on the feedback from folks on Communities from microsoft.public.softwareupdatesvcs , FAQShop.com & SUSserver.com these steps have helped in resolving many issues.


http://faqshop.com/sus/general/basic%20trobshootting%20sus.htm#Top


Happy Reading!
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
MVP – SUS / WSUS
Windows Server Update Services Wiki
http://www.wsuswiki.com/Athifs
“Save the Internet. Keep all Systems Patched”



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Tutorial: Patch Management with Microsoft Software Update Services (SUS) – Part 2

In the first article of this two-part series, we took a look at the basic idea behind keeping systems patched with the latest security updates using SUS Server and the Automatic Updates feature now included with Windows systems.


In this second article we dig deeper into how SUS Server is installed, how clients can be configured to use a local update server via Group Policy, how to test to ensure that everything is functioning correctly, and more.


http://www.2000trainers.com/article.aspx?articleID=347&page=1


Happy Reading!
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
MVP – SUS / WSUS
Windows Server Update Services Wiki
http://www.wsuswiki.com/Athifs
“Save the Internet. Keep all Systems Patched”


[This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties and confers no rights.]

Tutorial: Patch Management with Microsoft Software Update Services (SUS) – Part 1

In this first article, we’ll take a look at what SUS does, and how it works in conjunction with technologies like Automatic Updates and Group Policy. In the next part, we’ll get into installing SUS and configuring its settings.


http://www.2000trainers.com/article.aspx?articleID=336&page=1



Happy Reading!
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
MVP – SUS / WSUS
Windows Server Update Services Wiki
http://www.wsuswiki.com/Athifs
“Save the Internet. Keep all Systems Patched”




[This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties and confers no rights.]