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…

4 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…


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 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…