Setting up a new Windows 2008 x64 Server and loading updates on a customer’s Vista notebook. Having updates fail on the server with an 802002b error stating “Windows Update encountered an unknown error” on the 2008 box. I have also been having an IE 7 update failing consistently on our SBS 2003 box. Decided to try turning off the Web monitoring/filtering our office’s Calyptix AE1000. All updates completed without any trouble. I like the Calyptix, but if you are running into similar errors, either on Calyptix, or other firewalls for that matter, try turning off the monitoring / outbound filtering.
If you prefer to run Microsoft Updates from a TS session, then make sure you run MS07-049 from a console session per the KB 937986 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937986). Taken from the KB: When the update 937986 is applied on a remote machine by using Terminal Services, the update does not replace the vulnerable files if the /console option is not used. To avoid this issue, you must use the /console option as shown in this example: mstsc /console /v:<machine name>-Steve
After experiencing Terminal Services intermittently hanging after applying Microsoft Updates I’ve come across one way that gets the server back up and responsive most of the time and a backup plan for when it still doesn’t. First, to cover yourself, it is a good idea to run a system state backup at minimum of the server before applying updates in case you need to get yourself out of a challenge resulting from the update. Then what I’ve started doing (wasn’t an original idea, got it from others in the community) is creating a restart.bat file that consists of shutdown -r … Continue reading Lost TS/RDP after running updates?