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First install this patch MS08-067 Then use this to remove it from any infected computers Malicious Software Removal tool History: Win32/Conficker.B --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Background Win32/Conficker.B exploits a vulnerability in the Windows Server service (SVCHOST.EXE) for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2008...

I got a really good question today on maintenance windows and patching and how they can or cannot work together. Specifically if you had a maintenance window defined, but told the patches to install ignoring the maintenance window but suppress the reboots until the maintenance window will it install the updates and hold off on rebooting the clients until the maintenance window? First let's go over...

In ConfigMgr there is a new feature that hasn't gotten much attention called Maintenance Windows. This is a feature that I have heard numerous requests for and it gets a bit closer to the infamous 'Big Red Button'. So what is a maintenance window? A maintenance window is a rule applied to a collection of ConfigMgr clients that prevents those clients from: Executing a program, including...

I used to hate the second Tuesday of every month. I honestly liked it better when patches were released as they were ready. What happens with the scheduled updates is that everyone knows that it is coming and that means that everyone expects their SMS Engineers to have the patches deployed that night, no matter how late, no matter how many people, no matter what! And on Wednesday morning, usually around...

On the System Center Configuration Manager site there is currently a list of five audiocast or podcasts that you can listen to. They are all fairly short and cover a specific area of ConfigMgr. Wally kicks it off with the best practices for upgrading and setup, and also discusses a few new features and prerequisites. I am sure they will add more to this over time so if you are reading this months after...

Kevin is right, this has already been talked about , but he does a nice job of explaining the two types of multicasting. Two drawbacks to this however...First you cannot multicast across subnets, well you can but if your network supports this you are wide open to a SQL Slammer type of attack where one laptop brings your network to its knees. Second, you have to have Server 2008 to make this work. A...

Back in May Microsoft released the same type of fix for Windows 2003 and now it is ready for XP clients. SMS admins understand the pain of WMI corruption as well as anyone, and probably better than most. Getting permission denied errors when it has nothing to do with permissions, trying to diagnose client issues remotely when WMI is not reporting the correct or latest data, the painful memories return...

Error message in the WUSSyncXML.log file when the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates tries to synchronize and to download software updates: "Error retrieving object PackageID" View products that this article applies to. Article ID:936906 Last Review:May 14, 2007 Revision:1.0 On This Page SYMPTOMS CAUSE RESOLUTION Method 1 Method 2 SYMPTOMS The Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates (ITMU...

If you didn't believe me when I said reducing your power consumption could save you millions? Would you will believe the CIO of Verizon? In the article below he explains how 1E's NightWatchman alone is going to save them $500,000 per year! Through NightWatchman, application rationalization, and thin client technology they have saved $20 million so far. How Verizon Does Green Computing John...

While the article below highlights complaints posted to the WSUS product team blog if you read in the newsgroups it seems that this has fixed a number of peoples problems. They essentially lowered the priority that the process runs under so while the CPU will still show 100% used you can still work as it will hand back CPU cycles as other processes or threads request them. There is a trade off here...

Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Dell Update Brief Description SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Dell Updates is an add-on to SMS 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) that enables customers to use the SMS 2003 Software Update Management feature to update their Dell servers. SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Dell Update includes the following components: Setup – Windows Installer based setup that allows SMS...

This should sound familiar to a number of people. WSUS Celerons and SVChost "BK" posts in what we've been suspecting all along..that 927891 isn't working/doesn't always work. Oh in my network where I don't have Celery.... I mean Celerons .... so the applications of 927891 does help a lot, but if you have underpowered machines, celerons you are STILL getting nailed.... KB927891 helps resolve the svchost...

Late last year a flood of calls came into Microsoft Premier Support Services (PSS) regarding the SMS patch scan causing computers to lock up or freeze for a long period of time while the patches were installed. This problem got immediate attention by the product teams and a new version of ITMU was released to help resolve the issues being reported. The issues actually lie in the WUA agent that is installed...

Large WSUS deployments will have their performance degrade over time if the WSUS database is not maintained properly. The WSUSDBMaintenance script is a T-SQL script that can be run by SQL Server administrators to re-index and defragment the WSUS database. Download At Source Source: Bink.nu | WSUSDBMaintenance T-SQL Script With the implementation of WSUS into SCCM 2007 this will become an important...

Omar, Omar, Omar....Why must you always.....read on folks. SCCM 2007: No ITMU but WSUS!! "If you are considering SCCM 2007 and you have your 'legacy' SMS 2003 running on ITMU or ITCU? -Forget it! SCCM 2007 will use WSUS. But will a few lesser screenclicks really speed up your patch management? The integration of ITMU / ITCU in SMS2003 was for me one of the biggest milestones for centralised patch management... More Posts Next page »