Thursday, August 31, 2006

ACL Permission Error from IIS when installing SUS 1.0 on Windows 2003 SP1 server

After installing Software Update Services (SUS) 1.0 w/SP1 on my Windows 2003 Standard Server w/SP1 I was unable to view the SUSadmin webpage. The error message

"You are not authorized to view this pageYou do not have permission to view this directory or page due to the access control list (ACL) that is configured for this resource on the Web server. "

To fix this, navigate to Default Web Site-->SUSAdmin via IIS Manager and change the authentication methods for the SUSAdmin site to use Integrated Windows authentication. Refesh the SUSadmin page and you should now see the admin site.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Error message after you install the Systems Management Server 2003 site database on Microsoft SQL Server 2005: "Message ID : 619"

For those of you that have been experiencing a backlog of .sql files in Inboxes\\Retry and seeing the error below, take a look at KB923116. You will need to call Microsoft Support to get the necessary changes (or take a look at this thread). Microsoft has told me that a hotfix should follow shortly.

*** [42000][102][Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]Incorrect syntax near 'd'. : sp_InsStatusMessageAttribute SMS_STATUS_MANAGER date time 4144 (0x1030) ERROR: Could not add a SQL command to the transaction. Most likely, there is a problem with the SQL server or our connection to it. The transaction will be rolled back. SMS_STATUS_MANAGER date time 4144 (0x1030)

Changes to the file

For better or worse the is changing. In an attempt to reduce size, all superseded patches will now be removed because the maximum cab file size has been reached. The reduction in size should come as a welcomed relief to all those that have been seeing CPU levels holding steady at 100% during SMS ITMU or Windows/Microsoft Update scanning.

The question right now becomes how customers that require the superseded patches (because the current version breaks LOB apps) will be able to scan for the superseded patches.

For more info,

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

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Technet magazine is a great resource for MOM, SMS, and Windows System Administrators and best of all it's free.

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Customize SMS 2003 with Local Policies

There was a recent thread on regarding the use of local policies. For more information, take a look at the SMS 2003 SDK or have a look at this recent article in Techet Magazine, Customize SMS Using Local Policies -- TechNet Magazine, September 2006.

Microsoft Virtual Server support policy

If you are wondering whether or not yoru Microsoft Server app is supported on MS Virtual Server, take a look at the Microsoft Virtual Server support policy.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

ITMU Updates Fail when Scan Tool fails to Run

Brian Tucker : ITMU Updates Fail when Scan Tool fails to Run

Take a look at Brian's blog if you are having issues with the SMS 2003 ITMU scan tool failing on clients.

How MS does patch management

Taken from Rod Trent's Blog...

Thanks to Paul Thomsen at Microsoft for posting these to the SMS email discussion list!
Main presentation – you have to sign in but that then leads to the live presentation, or the PowerPoint slides (or it should – it’s busted now), or the offline viewing download
WMA – voice-over only (podcast, I suppose you could say)
MP3 – same thing but for devices that don’t support WMA
PowerPoint slidedeck direct download - you don’t have to sign in

Webcast: ADMP for MOM2005

TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 (Level 200)

If you have questions on the configuration of the AD Management Pack for MOM 2005, this webcast is worth viewing.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Dell 1600N Network Scan issue

I've been having an issue on my Dell 1600N All-In-One printer where the network scan would initially work and then it would stop working. Opening the network scan manager and trying to find the scanner fails every time. After a searching the Dell forums it turns out that the problem is that I had an additional network adaptor configured as an MS Loopback Adaptor. As soon as I disabled this, the scanner is found. In my mind this is only a temporary workaround, but at least I know the issue and am able to resume scanning.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Monday, February 06, 2006

SMS 2003 Technical Drilldown

SMS 2003 Technical Drilldown

Great presentation given by Bill Anderson. He discusses some of the features of SMS 2003 and also briefly discusses SMS v4 towards the end of the presentation.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Microsoft : How Microsoft IT Does Patch Management

Microsoft : How Microsoft IT Does Patch Management

I came across this on Rod Trent's blog and feel it's definitely a must read for those in the patching community. The presentation gives a detailed look at Micrososft's approach to patch management and serve as a guide for development or improvement of your own patch management process.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Networking Pipeline | Blog | BellSouth: Cyberextortion Pays Off

Networking Pipeline Blog BellSouth: Cyberextortion Pays Off

This is absurd. BellSouth is being completely unreasonable. It's customers pay for a service which includes access to the sites that the customer deems appropriate for their viewing needs. While this isn't exactly censorship, BellSouth is certainly limiting it's customers freedoms to enjoy the content that they want.

Saturday, January 14, 2006


Let's see how Blackberry blogging works.