• The five rules you need to know to build a custom update package

    Update package definitions for WSUS can be built from a very rich set of rules -- 24 different rule types in fact -- but as a matter of practicality, almost every package you will ever build can be defined from one of...
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  • Patch Management - Roles and Responsibilities

    The patch management process varies from organization to organization based on infrastructure size, organizational policy and size of the organization. Smaller organizations may assign a single administrator to take c...
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  • WSUS Timeout Errors - Defragment the filesystem

    WSUS Timeout Errors - When? and Why? - Eliminating and avoidingjavascript:;   We’re up to Part 4 now, and we’re going to look at defragmenting the database for WSUS. To recap in Part 2 we talked abou...
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  • WSUS Timeout Errors - Too many updates

    WSUS Timeout Errors - When? and Why? - Eliminating and avoiding WSUS Timeout Errors - Removing unneeded update approvals In Part 3 of this series, we’re going to discuss the complications of having too many u...
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  • WSUS Timeout Errors - Removing unneeded update approvals

    In Part 1, I introduced the three manifestations of timeout errors in a WSUS environment, and identified the four practices that will help eliminate them. In this article we’re going to talk specifically about t...
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  • WSUS Timeout Errors - WSUS database maintenance

    WSUS Timeout Errors - When? and Why? - Eliminating and avoiding   This is the 5th and final part of this series on handling WSUS timeout issues, and now that we’ve removed unnecessary update approvals, add...
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  • WSUS Timeout Errors - When? and Why?, Eliminating and Avoiding

    In several conversations during the past year I’ve observed an increasing number of occurrences of “Timeout Errors” with regard to Microsoft WSUS installations which seems to add complexity to WSUS p...
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  • Patching Overwelming, need help ASAP!

    So, I am new to patching and I have been put in charge of Deploying patches using WSUS, it seems overwhelming all those patches and choices that need to be maid during the deployment. Too many choices and drop down a...
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  • Table of third party patches - updated 5/4/2015

    UPDATED LINK!!! Please follow us to this link and bookmark it for updates to the 3rd party catalog! Table of third party patches - updated 06/21/2016     Simplify and automate these patches and more with S...
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  • Question about declining superseded updates

    Hi,     One of the best practices suggested for maintaining WSUS is to decline superseded updates that show as 100% non-applicable to your environment. Does this best practice assume you are always deployin...
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  • Does your company have outdated hardware and why?

    When I seen Windows 2000 servers still in service I cringe.  When it's a Windows NT server I don't have words to descibe my feelings, that I could put in print.  Most patching products are unable to patch th...
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  • Have you patched your MSXML 4.0 installations?

    This is not really a new issue... but I suspect it's unknown to many. I just encountered it today.   In January, 2013, MS13-002 was released to all channels to fix two privately reported remote code execution vu...
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  • MICROSOFT PATCH TUESDAY - FEBRUARY 2015

    On Friday (Feb 6) Microsoft announced the content for Patch Tuesday – Feb 10, 2015. Number of Releases: 9 Critical Security Updates: 3 addressing vulnerabilities in Windows & Internet Explorer, Important S...
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  • No more adobe reader updates, just full versions?

    I recently ran into a problem where adobe reader was published and got installed onto several servers and other machines that we did not want it to be on.  Looking into it, it seems like the last reader update wa...
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  • Microsoft Patch Tuesday - December 2014

    On Thursday (Dec 4) Microsoft announced the forthcoming content for Patch Tuesday – Dec 8, 2014. Number of Releases: 7 Critical Security Updates: 3 addressing vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Micr...
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  • Updates with no status

    Hello Everyone,   I’m running a Server 2008 R2 box with the WSUS role running on it. The server is also running patch manager. I have noticed that the summary status of updates has many updates with no s...
  • Configuring Your First WSUS Client

    Over the previous weeks,  I‘ve posted a series of articles about the configuration options available for the Windows Update Agent, but knowing what those options are is only half the battle. One of the most...
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  • Microsoft Patch Tuesday - November 2014

    On Thursday (Nov 6) Microsoft announced the forthcoming content for Patch Tuesday – Nov 11, 2014. Number of Releases: 16 Critical Security Updates: 5 addressing vulnerabilities in Windows and Internet Explorer....
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  • Microsoft Patch Tuesday - October 2014

    On Thursday (Oct 9) Microsoft announced the forthcoming content for Patch Tuesday – Oct 14, 2014. Number of Releases: 9 Critical Security Updates: 3 addressing vulnerabilities in Windows and Internet Explorer. ...
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  • Microsoft Patch Tuesday - September 2014

    On Thursday (Sep 4) Microsoft announced the forthcoming content for Patch Tuesday – Sep 9, 2014. Number of Releases: 4 Critical Security Updates: 1 addressing vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. Important Sec...
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