Real patch pain metrics

Humor me please?

If you can recall a patch directly causing impact to your systems please email me directly – email (change the -at- to @) with the KB number and what it impacted please?  I would love to put together a list of real patch pain, and not just perceived patch pain.

Fact:  There have been a lot of non security updates that are impacting our patching views.

(I’m looking at you Exchange)

Case in point:
8/26/2014    CU 6 for Exchange 2013

Fact:  There have been a lot of click to run issues impacting our patching views:

6/13/2014    Click to run        Uninstall/reinstall
5/22/2014    Click to run        Activation issues

Fact:  There have been hiccups in Office releases – especially in regards to Outlook:
8/13/2014    Outlook 2013    KB2881011    Replaced with KB2889859

Lord knows KB2919355 has impacted my view of this year.

Off the top of my head these are recent pulled patches:
MS14-045 pulled and rereleased.
KB2949927 pulled

Anytime you see a Kernel update, expect slight turbulence especially in the consumer side.  Kernel updates interact with malware infected machines, pirated machines and antivirus vendors that get a little too much protection efforts.

I see the problem as a bit like the Ebola scare in the USA.  We’re scared because of a lack of communication.

There’s a lack of post release follow up and communication as I see it.  We have no idea how many machines are impacted, we just see the social echo of headlines and twitter feeds.

I am concerned that it seems like it’s taking longer to get investigations done.

We’re a week after release date and I still haven’t a clue why KB3000061 is failing, if the RDP patch is going to get a fix or if the fix should be expected from the vendors or what.

While security patches have a known issue section, other patches need a “we’re investigating” section with follow up.

So?  Can you help me out with a feel on REAL patch pain versus perceived patch pain?  I don’t want to know “I heard about an issue on a random blog/twitter account that someone was impacted”… I want to know exactly what patch gave you pain.

Getting ready for a test run

Getting ready for a migration at the office from the 2008 R2 era HyperV to a 2012 R2 era hyperV

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And as the server sounds like a jet engine taking off…

it always makes me laugh how small the drives are, and how big the unit it

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Makes ya wanna buy more hard drives and fill that sucker up.

So one of the things I’m doing this time is rather than doing a router in front of the server to separate out from the production network, I’m trying a virtual router

Fastvue Sophos Reporter How to Deploy Sophos UTM on Hyper-V in 7 Simple Steps:

So far it’s not as simple as that leads one to think it is.  I obviously have networking/binding to the nics mucked up because it won’t find the web console address.

I’ll try again tomorrow and let you know how I get along with a virtual router.


Patches to keep an eye on:

KB30000061 is a kernel update:
KB3000061 fails to install on Server 2012:   Also impacting Windows 8. EDIT:  Cases opened: 114101711916740 and 114101711915623


Two issues with KB2984972 – this is a patch to update the RDP restricted admin mode

“Heads up, KB2984972 on Server 2008R2 RD server caused issues with our Wyse thinclients – it caused them all to span desktops across multiple monitors rather than presenting multiple monitors to the host OS. After uninstalling & rebooting clients are presented with multiple monitors again.”  <<<< will impact MultiPoint Server as well too <<<<<

Another thread on the issue here:

App v and KB2984972 impact:   << case opened on this issue SRX 114101611907865.


KB2949927 – the SHA-2 update: Also seeing issues with KB2949927 getting installed:  and
EDIT:  KB2949927 has been pulled from Microsoft update on 10/17/2014


Then KB2995388 8.1 cumulative update causing issues with VMware workstation:

Workstation 10 issue with recent Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update | VMware Workstation Zealot – VMware Blogs:
We noticed that a recent Windows 8.1 Update (KB2995388) may cause issues when running VMware Workstation on a Windows 8.1 host with this update installed. User will see an error message “not enough physical memory” when booting up a virtual machine

Exchange updates

I install Exchange update rollups all by themselves and on 9/24 Exchange put the 2007 and 2010 update rollups on MU and WSUS.  Normally they don’t kick a reboot but this time it did.

While I have seen issues reported with the 2013 update especially in a mixed Exchange deployment with 2010, I have not seen issues with 2007 nor 2010.



We hold a moment of silence…


For those of you youngsters who don’t know what that is, that’s a vintage Compaq luggable – that’s a laptop back in the 80’s – that has Lotus 1-2-3 burned into the green screen of the computer after years of running that software.  Two floppy drives, one for the OS and Lotus, the second for the data.

Now THAT’s vintage computing folks.

That was the program that revolutionized computers for businesses.  It meant we didn’t spend DAYS doing manual calculations of depreciation on green paper ledger sheets, by hand, with calculators.  (You think I’m kidding, I’m not).  It freed up office workers to do more complicated calculations and brought the mainframe into any sized business office.

So farewell then Lotus 1-2-3, spreadsheet extraordinaire | ZDNet:


October is cyber security month

And in the ransomware front we’re losing the battle. CryptoWall gets on a machine, not via wiggling in via the temp install locations but from an unpatched cocktail of Java, Silverlight, and Flash that we should have patched or ripped out of the machine years ago.

So on Day one of this 31 days of Cyber Security awareness month I challenge you to find a Silverlight installation and uninstall it.

Windows 10 betas now out

Announcing availability of Windows Server Technical Preview and System
Center Technical Preview – Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Blog –
Site Home – TechNet Blogs:


Windows 10 beta releases are now out so you can take it for a spin.

Right now the Windows update section is grayed out and you must install all updates.

But in a cryptic section in the blog post….


Windows 10 helps keep customers secure and up to date

Windows 10 will be delivered in a way that gives more choice and flexibility to businesses. As a result, a business can pick the speed of innovation that is right for each group of its users, rather than apply a one size fits all solution.

Businesses will be able to opt-in to the fast-moving consumer pace, or lock-down mission critical environments to receive only security and critical updates to their systems. And businesses will have an in-between option for systems that aren’t mission critical, but need to keep pace with the latest innovations without disrupting the flow of business. And the choice isn’t one or the other for businesses; we expect that most will require a mixed approach where a number of scenarios can be accommodated.

Consumers, and opt-in businesses, will be able to take advantage of the latest updates as soon as they are available, delivered via Windows Update. Business customers can segment their own user groups, and choose the model and pace that works for them. They will have more choice in how they consume updates, whether through Windows Update or in a managed environment. And for all scenarios, security and critical updates will be delivered on a monthly basis.


What exactly does THAT mean?

Looking for resources to check urls

I was wanting to check a url for nasty stuff… thanks to several folks … here’s a list of places to send a link to see what phishing/issues
Virustotal (Submit a URL)
URL Query
Anubis – Malware Analysis
Dr.Web Check URL Scan
AVG Threat Labs
Norton Safe Web[/color]
Trend Micro Site Safety URL Query
Online Link Scan
Websense CSI: ACE Insight
Website Security Check – Unmask Parasites
Wepawet  << currently under maintenance
LongURL to de-obfuscate shortened URLS



PowerShelling on a OU structure

From Robert – I bet he orders Scotch using a PowerShell Script – Pearman comes this reminder of a script to put back in the SBS OU structure into a raw domain where there is no OU structure.
  1. on the AD server, Open PowerShell ISE.  Paste this into the box, hit enter.


$domain = (Get-ADDomain)

$DN = $domain.DistinguishedName

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “MyBusiness” -path $DN

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “Computers” -path “OU=MyBusiness,$DN”

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “Distribution Groups” -path “OU=MyBusiness,$DN”

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “Security Groups” -path “OU=MyBusiness,$DN”

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “Users” -path “OU=MyBusiness,$DN”

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “SBSComputers” -path “OU=Computers,OU=MyBusiness,$DN”

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “SBSServers” -path “OU=Computers,OU=MyBusiness,$DN”

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “SBSUsers” -path “OU=Users,OU=MyBusiness,$DN”

  1. Also on the AD server, at an elevated cmd prompt run this so that new users and computers are inserted on creation into the correct OU (instead of default users/computers).


(edit the XXXX to match your domain name for your environment)


2.1 For redirecting users;

c:\Windows\System32\redirusr.exe ou=SBSusers,ou=users,ou=mybusiness,dc=xxxx,dc=local


2.2 For redirecting computers;

c:\Windows\System32\redircmp.exe ou=SBScomputers,ou=computers,ou=mybusiness,dc=xxxx,dc=local



Firefox is evil


Seen on a random computer…helping to clean it up.  The number of times I’ve found funky extensions in Firefox…. are too numerous.

I am not a fan of Firefox’s security model.