Release Info – Nov. 11, 2005

This is a general release information article relating to the availability of the file, a subset of the Windows Update and Microsoft Update patch data that includes information about security updates, update rollups and service packs for Microsoft products. The and its uses are described here: From a Systems Management Server, the…

SMS ITMU Deployment of MS05-048 (KB 907245)

Some folks have asked me why they are not able to find KB 907245 in the Distribute Software Updates Wizard when approving the October security bulletins from Microsoft. This one is a bit tricky, because the master KB number for MS05-048 is 907045. However, the vulnerability actually affects two distinct Microsoft products: Windows and Exchange. The…

SMS ITMU Deployment Guidance for October Security Releases

This is just a quick article to let you know that all Microsoft security updates released for the month of October are detected and deployable using the new SMS Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates (ITMU) available for download at There is one interesting deployment scenario that I want to make SMS administrators aware of this month….

SMS Security Scan Tools Supported Products

The following article does a nice job of explaining when to use certain SMS security scan tools and what the supported product story is for each.

Windows Installer Requirement and the SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates

I want to provide some clarification regarding the Windows Installer 3.1 requirement for the newly released SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates. This tool provides integration with the Windows Update Agent and the catalog of updates available on Windows Update and Microsoft Update to enterprise customers.   You may notice that the tool has…


SMS Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates Pre-Installation Guide Available

In anticipation of the upcoming release of the Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates, Microsoft has released a Pre-Installation guide that can help customers prepare their SMS environments for the new tool. As an add on to SMS 2003 SP1, several enhancements were made to the product to support the new tool….


SMS Patch Status Views and Reporting

With the release of the SMS Inventory Tool for Dell Update and the upcoming SMS Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates, SMS introduces a new set of PatchStatus and PatchState classes known as the Extended classes. These are denoted by the “Ex” suffix. Microsoft plans to use these classes extensively for future scan tools, so it…

SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates Beta

Hello all. I want to encourage users of Systems Management Server 2003 to try out the Beta version of the new SMS security updates scan tool based on Windows Server Update Services technology. You can evaluate the Beta by visiting the following web site:


New Role at Microsoft!

Hello All! I’ve been a way for a while and haven’t posted since the Fall, but it is the new year and I have a good excuse for my absence. I have transitioned to a new role at Microsoft as a Program Manager on the Systems Management Server team. The disappointing news is that I…


Using an External DataSet with Reporting Services Reports

A colleague of mine working at the SQL Server Developer Center has written a short article on Reporting Services and DataSet data processing. You can view it here: