Gosh, it’s been a while…

Hi friends of Configuration Manager, After a short stint in the Exchange product group, I have moved back to a product group that I just couldn’t stay away from: Configuration Manager. Not only is the team great, but the community and customers surrounding this product are absolutely fantastic. This is truly a place where my…


SQL Reporting Services is Coming to Configuration Manager

In Configuration Manager 2007 R2, SQL Reporting Services is an available option for providing ConfigMgr administrators the management and inventory data they need to do their jobs and run their businesses. This offering is a ‘side-by-side’ offering along with what we will soon be calling legacy or classic reports. For some time, Systems Management Server…


Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and R2

Well folks, it has been a long while since I contributed to my blog. This is what two kids will do to a young father. I wanted to take the time to promote the work that my team and I have been involved with for over a year now. Coming later this summer is the…


New SMS ‘Patch Tuesday’ PM has a Blog

Dan Conley has been running Patch Tuesday operations here on the Systems Management Server team for some time now and has a blog started to inform the customers of happenings in SMS patch. Check out his blog here: http://blogs.technet.com/dconley/


A New Version of the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates is Coming

As outlined in knowledge base article 926464, a new version of the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates (ITMU) is being released in the November timeframe. This release will focus on making the necessary changes to accomodate the new Windows Update catalog format. The changes being introduced are small and targeted at resolving the issue mentioned…


SMS Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates and McAfee: Setting the record straight

More and more companies that use SMS 2003 for software update management are starting to roll out the latest software update tool available: the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates (ITMU). As this happens, I am seeing a lot of misinformation floating around and being spread on the incompatibilities between McAfee Antivirus and ITMU. I want to set the…


SMS 2003 R2 Brings Custom Application Updating to Systems Management Server

I am very pleased to announce the release of Systems Management Server 2003 R2. It has been a real thrill to work on a new set of features for the SMS 2003 product. In my opinion, R2 includes one of the most exiting new innovations in systems management, namely, custom update management. Custom update management refers to the ability…


WSUSScan.cab and MSSecure.cab Delayed for Patch Tuesday

There is currently an issue with the release process for the metadata catalogs for MSRC Patch Tuesday. Resolving the issue is a top priority and we do not anticipate it taking much longer. I will update this posting as I am able to share further information. Thank you for your patience. UPDATE (7/11/2006 2:44:18 PM):…


Issue for SMS customers deploying MS06-007 who have AU and ITMU running

After the release of MS06-007 on Tuesday 14 February 2006, Microsoft became aware of an issue affecting  the installation of MS06-007. Microsoft quickly investigated the issue and determined that customers who attempted to install the MS06-007 security updates through Automatic Updates, Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services and Systems Management Server 2003 when using the…


Article Describing Windows Update Content Release

This is a good, running KB article for discovering changes in Windows Update content and what might currently be included in the WSUSScan.cab used by SMS Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates. It is also a good resource for discovering why a new CAB might have been released and what new content is available: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;894199