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ConfigMgr v.Next Beta 1 is now available for download from:
.NET Framework 2.0
982318 FIX: A .NET Framework 2.0-based application that uses Remoting objects crashes and closes unexpectedly
206153 Description of the Office updates: May 11, 2010
980534 How to export email messages from Windows Live Mail into Outlook
SQL Server 2008
981702 Cumulative update package 8 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1
981052 You can configure Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Service to integrate with SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint Technologies 2010 in Cumulative Update 8 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 or later versions
202353 How to setup the custom log shipping which has a RESTORE VERIFY ONLY step
981973 FIX: The data in a custom report item is displayed incorrectly after you export the report to a PDF format file by using the ReportExecutionService.Render method in SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
982631 FIX: A SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services report that contains a table with a child group does not comply with the Section 508 standards
982441 FIX: You receive error 666 when you rebuild an index online on a partition scheme in SQL Server 2008
979785 FIX: Error message when you use the Script Wizard to generate scripts for stored procedures in SQL Server 2008
981611 FIX: An access violation occurs when you use the COUNT_BIG function and the OVER clause in a query in SQL Server 2008
981922 FIX: An assertion failure occurs when you run a parameterized query that has many parameters in SQL Server 2008 and that has the SHOWPLAN_XML option enabled
System Center Operations Manager 2007
202753 New Management Server unable to get configuration in System Center Operations Manager 2007
Windows Internet Explorer 8
982632 A Compatibility View list update is available for Windows Internet Explorer 8: May 25, 2010
206218 SharePoint Ribbon tabs display too small and text truncated when IE 8 using Zoom feature
Windows Server 2003
983840 Not all resources are migrated from a Windows Server 2003-based failover cluster to a Windows Server 2008 R2-based failover cluster
981793 May 2010 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems
979230 TCP connections fail intermittently when both endpoints are on the same computer in Windows Server 2003 SP2
977801 Windows XP Font Pack for ISO 10646:2003 + Amendment 1 Traditional Chinese Support is available for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
208903 SQLOLEDB Parametrized query may not report network errors
983280 Windows Installer 4.5 stops responding in Windows Server 2003 if hotfix 972397 is installed
202762 You cannot save a Performance Monitor log file on a mapped drive in Windows Server 2008 or in Windows Server 2003
979290 "A referral was returned from the server" error message when you use the IADsUser::ChangePassword method in Windows Server 2003 SP2
983254 The first data point that is in a Performance Monitor log .csv file may be a larger number than expected in a Windows Server 2003-based domain
978542 MS10-030: Vulnerability in Outlook Express and Windows Mail could allow remote code execution
202759 The new printer status is "Offline" after you delete a print queue and then restart a Windows-based computer
Windows Server 2003 R2
202863 Microsoft Services for NFS does not support NTFS volume mount points
981801 Some unexpected characters may be generated when you use the tcsh shell in Windows Server 2003 R2
Windows Server 2008
203260 Error adding a server to a Database Availability Group : Error 0x6f7
982485 A DirectX 9.0 application crashes on a computer that has more than 16 logical processors configured
978098 Errors when you have a large "Folder Redirection" policy settings file in Windows Vista, in Windows 7, in Windows Server 2008, or in Windows Server 2008 R2
982327 "STOP: 0x0000000A IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" Stop error message when you try to put the computer into hibernation (S4) in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008
202864 NFS resources in a cluster environment only supports Physical Disks as a storage dependency
Windows Server 2008 R2
981981 Arabic translations in te month of July may be incorrect in the Windows calendar in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2
982822 Some providers may receive an incorrect password value from the OLEDB32 component if the password in the connection string is blank in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2
983256 A connect may be lost to a proxy server or to a NLB server if you create a VPN to a Windows Server 2008 R2-based domain by using SSTP
Windows Vista Enterprise
202828 "Cannot complete this action" error message when you perform site functions in SharePoint Server 2010
Windows XP Service Pack 2
202609 WMI stops working on Windows XP after applying System Services startup policy for WMI
202758 Windows XP may display an error when copying folders from a Storage Server share
982733 aAfter you update the Windows Update client to version 7.4.7600.226, a computer that is running Windows XP SP2 or SP3 takes a long time to start
202705 WD2007 'Word could not create the work file' message displayed when attempting to save documents
A new ConfigMgr Hotfix has just been released under KB982399 “A System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 site server randomly stops processing status messages”:
IMPORTANT: Remember that Hotfixes should ONLY be applied if you are experiencing the issue documented in the KB Article. If you’re not seeing the issue DON’T apply it as you could end up breaking something else.
This was mentioned on today’s MVP call with the Product Group, which apparently caused a few issues for some of you. So just in case any of you missed it I thought I’d re-post this from the Configuration Manager Support Team Blog:
“We've been getting some calls about this one so I thought it deserved a mention here. If you're having some ITMU related issues with the April 2010 security patch install then you'll want to take a quick read of this one. Note that this issue only affects SMS 2003. Our currently supported products, ConfigMgr 2007 and WSUS 3.0, do not share this limitation.
Issue: Deployment of the April 2010 security patches requires two executions of PatchInstall.exe and may require two reboots of the client. On the first execution, the PatchInstall.log shows:
INSTALL FAILED: UpdateID = 804db346-55c5-44b7-8491-1ecf77062836, QNumber = 978601, Title = Security Update for Windows XP (KB978601), ExitCode = 1642, Executable = C:\WINDOWS\system32\VPCache\PackageID\SmsWusHandler.exe /InstallFile:"\\DPServer\SMSPKGx$\PackageID\804db346-55c5-44b7-8491-1ecf77062836\windowsxp-kb978601-x86-enu_49ae6ac4f6e0a609124f2ce6f80fcef249273c02.exe" /UpdateID:804db346-55c5-44b7-8491-1ecf77062836
INSTALLED: UpdateID = d9782d11-f459-402c-bf34-d2606caa91a1, QNumber = 979309, Title = Security Update for Windows XP (KB979309), ExitCode = 0, Duration = 2, Executable = C:\WINDOWS\system32\VPCache\PackageID\SmsWusHandler.exe /InstallFile:"\\DPServer\SMSPKGx$\PackageID\d9782d11-f459-402c-bf34-d2606caa91a1\windowsxp-kb979309-x86-enu_b6a3d8953714847d02d614e8fcb5b4171d1029fb.exe" /UpdateID:d9782d11-f459-402c-bf34-d2606caa91a1
And on the second execution, after the reboot, the same log shows:
REBOOT NEEDED: UpdateID = 804db346-55c5-44b7-8491-1ecf77062836, QNumber = 978601, Title = Security Update for Windows XP (KB978601), ExitCode = 3010, Duration = 2, Executable = C:\WINDOWS\system32\VPCache\PackageID\SmsWusHandler.exe /InstallFile:"\\DPServer\SMSPKGx$\PackageID\804db346-55c5-44b7-8491-1ecf77062836\windowsxp-kb978601-x86-enu_49ae6ac4f6e0a609124f2ce6f80fcef249273c02.exe" /UpdateID:804db346-55c5-44b7-8491-1ecf77062836
Cause: MS10-019 shipped as two KBs - KB978601 and KB979309 - with KB978601 requiring that KB979309 be installed in order to install successfully. ITMU v3 has a limitation that results in PatchInstall.exe trying to install KB978601 first.
Resolution: Per http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=2890, SMS 2003 mainstream support ended on January 12, 2010. As such, no further updates to ITMU will be released and use of the work-around - running the Patch Install package twice - is required.
It is important to note that our currently supported products, SCCM 2007 and WSUS 3.0, do not share this limitation and can deploy the current security patches in one pass.
Keith Thornley | Senior Support Escalation Engineer”
Link to the article:
981725 Description of the Office Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail Filter update: May 11, 2010
202836 Outlook crashes on Windows Server 2008 R2 Terminal Server when DEP is enabled
981726 Description of the Office Outlook 2007 Junk E-mail Filter update: May 11, 2010
980084 An oversized message is transferred unexpectedly from Office Outlook 2007 to a computer that is running Exchange Server 2007
202879 Daily Index Card Calendar Template for the Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook (CPAO)
SQL Server 2000
202225 SQL Server may report 18272 error during restore operations
SQL Server 2005
202777 Understanding the .NET Framework requirements for various versions of SQL Server
I saw this over on the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog so thought I’d share it here:
“Deploy Windows 7 and Office 2010 quickly and reliably—while boosting user satisfaction.
If you’re making the move to Windows 7 and Office 2010, you need tools and guidance to help deploy Windows and Office quickly—and do it right the first time. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 Beta includes new features like Office 2010 support, the ability for users to initiate and customize their own deployments using Configuration Manager, key enhancements in driver support, and much more.
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 Beta – Benefits
The MDT 2010 Update 1 Beta provides organizations with the following benefits:
· Save time and money deploying Office 2010: Customers can now use MDT 2010’s comprehensive tools and guidance to efficiently manage large-scale deployments of Microsoft Office 2010.
· Respond more effectively to user needs: MDT 2010 Update 1 includes a “User-Driven Installation” (UDI) deployment method that leverages Configuration Manager. An easy-to-use UDI Wizard allows users to initiate and customize an OS deployment on their PC that’s tailored to their individual needs.
· More reliable driver installation: MDT 2010 Update 1 boosts the reliability of the driver installation process by detecting each driver’s true supported platforms.
These features, combined with many bug fixes and other improvements, make MDT 2010 Update 1 more reliable and flexible than ever.
· Join the MDT Update 1 Beta. (Live ID required.)
· Learn more about MDT 2010 by visiting the MDT site on TechNet.
· Ask questions, post answers, and share your insights in the MDT Forum.”
Well I’m pleased to be able to blog about the availability of the first book relating to Windows Deployment using MDT 2010 Lite Touch and WDS written by WMUG’s good friends Johan Arwidmark and Mikael Nystrom.
The book is called “Deployment Fundamentals – Volume 1: Deploying Windows clients using MDT 2010 Lite Touch” in Johan’s own words this is:
“the first real world book on deploying Windows 7 (and Windows XP) using MDT 2010 Lite Touch and WDS. The book covers end to end deployment, inventory, applications (even ugly ones), real drivers, real hardware, real problems, real network environments and of course, real world solutions.”
Currently available via Amazon at:
PS – The guys are investigating options for making this more readily available to non-US buyers but for now you’ll need to buy from Amazon.com and wait for it to ship.
It’s been a busy time for me of late getting my certifications up-to-date and I’m pleased to say that I’ve achieved my Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) in Windows 7 which I hope will stand me in good stood employment prospect wise as there seems to be a lot of deployment projects going on at the moment “out there”.
On reflection if I knew before what I know now I’d have studied for both this exam (70-686 PRO: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator), and the “TS: Windows 7, Configuring” exam (70-680), before attempting either. There again I’m testament to the fact that you can pass 70-680 without studying for 70-686 before.
Well folks it’s official - I’m now a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), so if you or anyone you know is in need of some Official Microsoft training or indeed if you know of a training company looking for a Trainer then please get in touch.
“Congratulations! On behalf of Microsoft, we are happy to welcome you to the Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) Program. You will be sent a Microsoft Certified Trainer Welcome Kit within four to six weeks.
As an active MCT, you have access to the MCT member web site. The member site offers exclusive program information, access to the MCT Download Center, digitized logos for download, access to the private newsgroups, and many other benefits and special offers. It also gives you the ability to update your personal information and print or share your transcript.
Access to content is key to everything we do. You have access to our full library of courseware through the MCT Download site and the CourseWare Library. We are proud to offer a free subscription of TechNet Plus, a valuable subscription that includes premium resources to help you evaluate Microsoft technologies. Within the next 2 weeks you will receive several emails with instructions on how to access some of your MCT benefits.
In the meantime, there are several benefits that you can begin using immediately. You may want to join the MCT community and participate in the newsgroups. It is a great way to meet colleagues from all over the world and stay informed or share opinions and best practices. The Microsoft blog, ‘Born to Learn’ contains MCT blog information along with other training news.
Thank you for joining the Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) Program. We look forward to working with you and making your MCT participation a great success!
MCT Program Manager”
Somehow and somewhere one of the screws/ bolts on the legs of my Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod had fallen off. After checking the rest were not loose (none of the others were so bizarre this particular one worked lose), it was decision time.
Go to a camera store like Jessops where I would no doubt pay a fortune or try to source the item from a DIY store. So after spending a fair amount of time scouring the various nuts, bolts and screws B&Q sell (and practically on the verge of giving it up as a lost cause as there are SO many), I found the answer:
Machine Screw Pan Head Slotted Zinc Plated 5x16mm- 3/16” x 5/8” – Qty 10
I thought I’d post the details here just in case anyone else needs them.
I see that Microsoft has decided to retire the SMS 2003 MCP exam 70-089 (along with a bunch of others) on the 31st October. Seems a bit strange to me personally as there are still LOTS of folks using SMS 2003 and personally I would have expected it to stick around until the v.Next exam is out.
So if you’re thinking of taking this exam then the clock is ticking. Here is a list of all the exams being retired:
Internet Explorer 6.0
982892 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - Developing IE Extensions
Internet Information Services 6.0
982884 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - Programmatic administration of Internet Information Services (IIS)
982889 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - Single Sign-On Solution in ISAPI API
980051 Changing the start time of a recurring meeting series in Exchange Server 2007 by using OWA does not remove exceptions
978965 "0x80004005" or "0x80040102" error message when you access a mailbox on an Exchange Server 2010 server by using a MAPI client
982870 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - Diagnosing and Troubleshooting SQL Server Performance Problems
982899 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - Forms Based Authentication in Reporting Service
983332 You cannot open a Business Intelligence project after you upgrade the project to the format that is used by Visual Studio 2010
982895 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - Analysis SQL Transactional Replication High Latency
982900 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - SQL Merge Replication Non-Convergence
982910 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - Monitoring agents in an untrusted domain or workgroup using Operations Manager 2007
Windows Internet Explorer 7
982890 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - Internet Explorer (Developer) Memory Usage
982891 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - Internet Explorer Performance
982888 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - IEAK 7 and 8 Configuration & Deployment
982879 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - Internet Explorer 7 and 8 Group Policy Deployment
982894 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - Internet Explorer Component Deployment
Windows Live Mail
983320 You cannot input Japanese characters in the e-mail message body in Windows Live Mail
981156 RemoteApp applications are displayed as black windows when you restart the applications in a Remote desktop connection in Windows Server 2008 R2
202340 Disk Management gives a "Unspecified Error" with "Unable to connect to Logical Disk Management Service"
982909 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - Windows Server 2003 Server Cluster Disaster Recovery Planning
980864 Some IPsec packets are dropped unexpectedly on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista
980080 Files may be corrupted when a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 enters the sleep mode or the hibernate mode
979743 You cannot use an MPIO storage device after a failover operation in Windows Server 2008
981206 A handle leak occurs in the BITS service when the service switches between user accounts to create jobs in Windows Server 2008
982908 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster Disaster Recovery Planning
981791 "STOP: 0x0000001a" error message on a computer that has an Intel Westmere processor together with the Hyper-V role installed on Windows Server 2008 or on Windows Server 2008 R2
202582 UNIX clients take a long time to recover access to Clustered NFS share when resource is rapidly moved back and forth between nodes
202776 [SDP 3][06bb55c8-3207-406e-a3fc-f538867a399b] Machine Memory Dump Collector - Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
981070 "Windows can't open Add Printer" error in a 64-bit version of Win7 or of Windows Server 2008 R2
982813 How to restore IIS and clean up Active Directory when you uninstall Active Directory Federation Services 2.0
981848 "0x0000009F" Stop error message when a computer enters and resumes from hibernation in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2
974408 Availability and description of Active Directory Federation Services 2.0
981842 Computer may stop responding when it enters hibernation and then resumes from hibernation about 300 times when HID Class device is installed
982633 You cannot write with ink in an application on a laptop that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 after you close the lid and open the lid again
978309 IPv6 transition technologies, such as ISATAP, 6to4 and Teredo do not work on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core
202572 Client for NFS on Windows 2008 R2 does not work properly
202580 On Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and below, if an error or veto is returned while a snapshot deletion is in progress, the snapshot deletion will still continue
981738 Hardware-accelerated video playback stops responding for more than 10 seconds in Windows Server 2008 R2 or in Windows 7
981347 The "Automatic disconnect" setting in a WDS multicast transmission does not work in Windows Server 2008 R2
982872 Microsoft Advisory Services Engagement Scenario - Windows Server 2008 R2 RD Web Single Sign On
202564 Device Manager doesn't install device driver automatically for all devices with same hardware ID when updating driver of a specific device instance by UI ("Update Driver â€¦")
Looks like 2 Critical patches this month:
Vulnerability in Outlook Express and Windows Mail Could Allow Remote Code Execution (978542) This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Outlook Express, Windows Mail, and Windows Live Mail. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user visits a malicious e-mail server. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the local user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
Vulnerability in Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Could Allow Remote Code Execution (978213) This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a host application opens and passes a specially crafted file to the Visual Basic for Applications runtime. If a user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.