A while back we had a lively debate on SMS Packaging tools. In that time Microsoft has worked with InstallSheild to offer AdminStudio SMS Edition because of the need mainly for people to edit MSI files and customize them for deployments. This tool by no means eliminates the need for SMS Installer since you can’t do any custom scripting, etc, without purchasing the full AdminStudio. The documentation is also pretty weak IMHO which I’m not sure if that falls on the shoulders of Microsoft or InstallSheild to offer more public guides for this. Either way I recommend everyone to download … Continue reading AdminStudio SMS Edition?
Along with this month’s Security Updates, Microsoft has also released utilities for SMS and non-SMS environments to Scan and Patch their systems for MS04-028. You can find them here: KB 885920 – How to obtain and use the MS04-028 Enterprise Update Scanning Tool in environments that use Systems Management Server http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;885920 – Will be available by noon PDT Tuesday Public download location (Available by noon PDT) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=C4745685-9521-4B63-A338-0B3E2DCBF2BB&displaylang=en KB 886988 – How to obtain and use the MS04-028 Enterprise Update Scanning Tool in environments that do not use Systems Management Server http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;886988 – Will be available by noon PDT Tuesday … Continue reading What SMS shops need to know about October’s bulletins and the MS04-028 Scan Tool