Unable to open .chm HTML Help files

I just downloaded Technet Magazine – January 2007 HTML help file and when I opened, I noticed the topics in the .chm file cannot be viewed and I realized that it was getting blocked and all I had to do is to unblock the file (see the procedure below) and this time I can see the contents happily:-) 1. Right-click the CHM file, and then click Properties. 2. Click Unblock. 3. Double-click the .chm file to open the file. More information is available in the KB article – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/902225/EN-US/  

Rights Management Services Client with Service Pack 2 (KB917275) via WSUS

On Tuesday, November 28, 2006, Rights Management Services Client with Service Pack 2 (KB917275) was downloaded by WSUS Server as classified under Service Packs. According to Brian Lich [MSFT], “The RMS client should be not offered via WSUS because it is not considered a critical update.  We are investigating this.” The RMS client is offered on Windows Update and Microsoft Update to Windows 2000 and Windows XP computer as an Optional/Recommended update.  It’s also available on the Microsoft Download Center. I have approved this update for INSTALL and so far I haven’t seen any issue. Happy patching!  

Extract computer hardware information from WSUS

A question was asked in the WSUS Mailing List (hosted by Shavlik Technologies on www.patchmanagement.org) –   I am using WSUS 2.0 and I was wondering if there was a way to extract the computer hardware information it collects?   Oh yes, this is possible.   You can extract computer hardware data in table ‘dbo.tbComputerTarget’ in SUS database (SUSDB). You can query for the following information;   TargetID        ComputerID    SID     LastSyncTime LastReportedStatusTime      LastReportedRebootTime          IPAddress      FullDomainName        OSMajorVersion        OSMinorVersion        OSBuildNumber          OSServicePackMajorNumber  OSServicePackMinorNumber  OSLocale       ComputerMake          ComputerModel         BiosVersion    BiosName       BiosReleaseDate       ProcessorArchitecture          ClientGuid      RequestedTargetGroupName IsRegistered   For instance, you can query it directly using SQL … Continue reading Extract computer hardware information from WSUS

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Talkr.com allows you to listen to text-only blogs on your iPod. It’s a free service to convert the blog text into podcast (Podcasting your blog). Registration is very easy. Once registered, you can add your blog RSS Feed in Talkr Partners Account. This is for your information. Happy podcasting. More information is available on http://www.talkr.com. Listen to this article

Disable the SSL warning in the To Do List

Many a times folks in WSUS newsgroup want to know if – Is there a way to disable the SSL warning in the To-Do list in WSUSAdmin Console? To Do List   Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) WSUS has detected that you are not using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). Microsoft recommends using SSL to secure administration and client to server communications for better security. For more information, see Using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).   I used to answer that as – “That is not documented anywhere!!. We will have to live with that”. But, thanks to Josh (poster in NG) for … Continue reading Disable the SSL warning in the To Do List

Un-hide hidden updates

lf the logged in user is part of Local Administrators group, then he can use the custom install option to unselect the updates which will be eventually hidden. These updates will not be offered by the WUA at the next detection/scheduled installation time. Scripting Guru Torgeir Bakken has posted an excellent .vbs script to unhide those hidden updates. According to Torgeir Bakken (MVP) If you are afraid that some users will hide some updates using the custom install option, here is a counter-measure you can use if the computers are in an Active Directory domain. Use a script that unhides all … Continue reading Un-hide hidden updates

Windows Server Update Services add-ons — by Steven Manross

Steven Manross has created Windows Server Update Services add-ons in the form of an SQL stored procedure and .vbs / Perl scripts to determine if computers currently show as needing updates. The SQL stored procedure (spSRMCountComputersNeedingUpdates.sql) is used in conjunction with the WSUSReport.vbs or (WSUSReport.pl) scripts to automatically notify an admin via email that there are computers needing Windows Security-related updates. In step 1, let’s add the sql stored procedure on WSUS Database Server and in step 2 we will run the .vbs script scripts to automatically notify WSUS Administrator via email that there are computers needing updates. SAMPLE OUTPUT … Continue reading Windows Server Update Services add-ons — by Steven Manross

WSUS SP1 Readme Updated!!

WSUS SP1 Readme is updated (on 21st June 2006) with known issues once you apply WSUS SP1. Readme for WSUS Service Pack 1: This document describes known issues affecting Windows Server Update Services Service Pack 1 (WSUS SP1). New Known Issues: Issue 6: If you are using a proxy server, the SP1 upgrade may clear the proxy configuration username and password Issue 7: How to recover from a failed upgrade to restore your WSUS server to a consistent state and then retry the upgrade. Issue 8: WSUS SP1 upgrade can fail in some cases when the WMSDE database has been migrated Issue … Continue reading WSUS SP1 Readme Updated!!

WSUS SP1 Known Issues

Bobbie Harder (MSFT) has posted a list of Top known issues whilst upgrading WSUS to WSUS SP1 on microsoft.public.windows.server.update_services. These issues will be updated in a KB and in the online WSUS SP1 readme. 1.  If you are using a proxy server, in some cases the SP1 upgrade may clear the proxy configuration username and password.  This may cause synchronization of updates from Microsoft Servers to generate an “invalid parameter” error. To address this issue, reset the proxy configuration username and password and re-synchronize your server. 2. Remote SQL deployments: WSUS SP1 is not updating WSUS servers which are setup using remote … Continue reading WSUS SP1 Known Issues

Error 0xC800021F

You see the following error in %Windir%\WindowsUpdate.log SYMPTOMS 2006-06-15      17:02:23        2104    83c     Misc    ===========  Logging initialized (build: 5.8.0.2469, tz: -0400)  =========== 2006-06-15      17:02:23        2104    83c     Misc      = Process: C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe 2006-06-15      17:02:23        2104    83c     Misc      = Module: C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuaueng.dll 2006-06-15      17:02:23        2104    83c     DtaStor FATAL: Failed to initialize datastore, error = 0xC800021F 2006-06-15      17:02:23        2104    83c     Misc    ===========  Logging initialized (build: 5.8.0.2469, tz: -0400)  =========== CAUSE It looks like the client datastore failed to initialize. WORKAROUND   1. Open a CMD prompt on the client.  2. Type “net stop wuauserv” (without quotes) <hit enter>.  3. Type “cd %Windir%\SoftwareDistribution“.  4. Type “RD /s … Continue reading Error 0xC800021F