If I were in charge of the universe….

Sometimes it’s nice to just pretend …. what if I were in charge of the Universe.


Well the first thing I would do is that I would put out a formal statement (and not just a blog post) about how I’d be planning to help the patching admins clean up the Windows Desktop Search …. well…mess that was blogged about here: http://blogs.technet.com/wsus/archive/2007/10/25/wds-update-revision-follow-up.aspx 


I’d state a timeline of actions and I’d give people a variety of tools, options and guidelines to pull that patch back off.


I’d first build a scan tool that would allow folks to scan their networks for that patch.  MBSA is already build, how about a special build that would look for that Search KB/registry?


I’d then give guidance on removal. 


I’d take what was added as a suggestion on the blog…


Put the script in your Active Directory Computer Startup GPO and this runs with the necessary rights, also /norestart if you don’t want it to retart the PC
[ instead of /promptrestart  ]
 %windir%\$NtUninstallKB917013$\spuninst\spuninst.exe /q /promptrestart

And I’d see if there’s more options I could do to help admins.

And then I’d start a WSUS advisory council.  Okay so it’s probably too much to ask that there’s an external WSUS test network, but if there was some way that Microsoft would have WSUS deployments monitored around the world so that when they deployed something, they could call the admin and just say “everything okay?” and confirm that what was intended to occur, really did occur.

But first off… I’d make a formal statement.  No this isn’t because blogging is maturing or dead or anything else… I just think that Blaine and his fellow Patch Admins deserve it is all.

2 Thoughts on “If I were in charge of the universe….

  1. Dave Nickason on October 31, 2007 at 10:22 am said:

    If I were in charge of the universe, every web page that requires login would have the “Log Off” button in the same place.

  2. How about re-educating sysadmins with a 4×2 about how they shouldn’t Auto-approve the Update category in WSUS?

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