WSUS New Category: Windows Internet Explorer 7.0 beta

Another new product category for Windows Internet Explorer 7.0 Dynamic Installer will be availabe via WSUS as posted on WSUS Product Team Blog. More information on Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview landing page http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie7/default.mspx.    

Configure WSUS console for read-only access

Many a times, WSUS Admins want to configure WSUSAdmin Console for read-only purpose which means they should be able to read reports e.t.c without manipulating any settings. Officially this is not supported in WSUS 2.0. Kudos to Rob Dunn who came up with a cheeky workaround. More information on; How do I configure the WSUS console for read-only access for reporting purposes? http://www.vbshf.com/vbshf/wsus/wsus_faq.htm#_Toc137608207 Beginner’s Admin FAQ for Windows Server Update Serviceshttp://www.vbshf.com/vbshf/wsus/wsus_faq.htm Thanks Rob!

Storing WSUS Content on a SAN

Storing WSUS Content on SAN is not supported and WSUS cannot be installed on a cluster. The content must be stored locally on WSUS Server.  More over, WSUS runs under the context of the “Network Service” account which will not have permissions to external network resources.  

Security updates are now available on ISO-9660 CD image

Microsoft now releases ISO-9660 CD image files that contain all the security updates that are released on the Microsoft Windows Update Web site for Windows. The ISO image files are released at the same time as security updates are released on the Windows Update Web site. MORE INFORMATIONhttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/913086

Error 0x8024400A in WindowsUpdate.log

You may see Error 0x8024400A in WindowsUpdate.log. This is caused by a known issue in with Windows Server 2003 http.sys and IIS. IIS 6.0 may send an “HTTP 100 Continue” response in the middle of the response stream when you send a POST request. WARNING: SyncUpdates failure, error = 0x8024400a , soap client error = 10, soap error code = 0, HTTP status code = 200 2005-10-14 08:43:14 1116 634 PT WARNING: Sync of Updates: 0x8024400a 2005-10-14 08:43:14 1116 634 Agent   * WARNING: Failed to synchronize, error = 0x8024400a 2005-10-14 08:43:14 1116 634 Agent   * WARNING: Exit code = 0x8024400a … Continue reading Error 0x8024400A in WindowsUpdate.log

WSUS and Office 2000 updates

If you are wondering why WSUS is not updating Office 2000 updates, then the simple reason is OFFICE 2000 IS NOT SUPPORTED through WSUS. WSUS will only support Office XP & Office 2003.

Updating Intelligent Message Filter v2 via WSUS

With Exchange Service Pack# 2, Intelligent Message Filter V2 updates are available every first and third Wednesday through Microsoft Update and Automatic Updates technologies like Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and System Management Services (SMS). To enable the updates, you must create the ContentFilterState registry DWORD Value of 1 entry in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Exchange as explained on http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=907747#XSLTH3131121123120121120120. Adding this value will enable the Exchange Server 2003 to receive updates from AU, WU or WSUS. Note that SMTP Service has to be restarted. From WSUS, you must add the following Update Classification – “Update Rollups” which will then download IMF updates as well … Continue reading Updating Intelligent Message Filter v2 via WSUS

Skype and ISA

This time, I wanted to block/permit Skype (2.0.0.97) messenger using ISA. There is a good discussion about allowing Skype from ISA Server on www.isaserver.org discussion lists. According to Skype Technical FAQ, The minimum requirement is that Skype needs unrestricted outgoing TCP access to all destination ports above 1024 or to ports 80 and 443 (the former is better, however). If you don’t allow either of those, Skype will not work reliably at all. Now, even if you open these ports, skype will not work if you authentication enabled on outgoing ISA web proxy requests. Actually, the fact is Skype does not … Continue reading Skype and ISA