System Center Update Publisher 2011 and Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 is released recently. System Center Update Publisher 2011 can work well on Windows Server 2012 except for the following known issues: 1. On Windows Server 2012, the WSUS version is 4.0. While on all other OSes, you can only install WSUS 3.0 (with or without service pack). WSUS 3.0 & WSUS 4.0…


Script to Clean expired updates from update lists, packages and deployments

<—My college Kurt has pointed out to me that the code snip to trigger the update synchronization has some problem. So I remove that. As a workaround, you can trigger a full update synchronization from the UI–>   If you use Software Update Point (SUP) in a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 hierarchy, you may…


KB2661254: August Security Release Cycle Will Block RSA Keys Under 1024 Bits – Impact to SCUP 2011

Microsoft recently released a security update to block RSA keys that are less than 1024 bits: KB2661254 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2661254 This update is now released to download center only and not yet be enforced to MU. So customers have some time to review all their certificates used and see if they meet the key length requirement. System…


Configuration Manager May Fail to Install Exchange Rollup (KB2706990, KB2734323) because of Timeout

If you use Configuration Manager to deploy Exchange Rollups, you may find it failed to install. The symptoms are: In UpdatesHandler.log, it shows the update installation was cancelled and shows a Win32ErrorCode = 2278557284. In WindowsUpdate.log, it show WU client failed to installing updates with error )x8024000b. 2012-08-13               03:09:01:255            796          a90           Agent         * Criteria…


Generate Hardware Inventory for Simulated Client with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Client SDK

My colleague Adam has a better series of samples of the Client SDK. You can check these blogs here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ameltzer/archive/tags/sdk/.   In this blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/minfangl/archive/2012/04/25/step-by-step-on-how-to-create-a-fake-client-using-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-client-sdk.aspx, I have shown how to simulate a client in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with Client SDK. Now I will give you the code sample to create hardware inventory for…


Tips for troubleshooting SC 2012 Configuration Manager Data Replication Service (DRS)

In SC 2012 Configuration Manager, Site to Site communication will use SQL Service Broker feature to replicate data between site databases instead of file based replication in previous Configuration Manager versions. With SQL replication, the performance and reliability will be improved. However, it might be a little more difficult for users to trouble shoot replication…


SC2012 Configuration Manager Log Flow Series 1 – Adding DP

In this series, I will demonstrate some operations on SC 2012 Configuration Manager and show you what log entries you will see during the process. Hope by doing this, you can gain some troubleshoot experience for SC 2012 Configuration Manager. In this article, we will discuss the flowchart of adding/updating a DP. Assuming the Site…


Step by Step on how to simulate a client using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Client SDK

My colleague Adam has a better series of samples of the Client SDK. You can check these blogs here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ameltzer/archive/tags/sdk/.   System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SDK RC is now available at: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=29559 One of the most exciting features of this SDK is the introduction of Configuration Manager Client SDK: Microsoft.ConfigurationManager.Messaging.dll. “The Configuration Manager Client…


WUA running context used to install update

This might be useful for 3rd-party update developers. Description Context Used to Install Update Site This is when you go to http://www.update.microsoft.com directly for updates. This is only used for pre-Vista systems The current user account WU App This is for Vista/Win7 system. This is when you go to Control Panel -> Windows Update The…


System Center Update Publisher 2011 Troubleshoot Series 2: Pubisher name shown as "Unknown" on some OS

One of our partner meet the following issue when they are testing their catalog: Though the cab file is signed properly, when importing the catalog, it shows “Unknown” on some OS. This issue only happen on one Windows Server 2008 SP2 machine. And the publisher can be identified correctly on other machines. After some invesgitagion,…