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MICROSOFT’S January 2017 PATCH RELEASES

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MICROSOFT’S January 2017 PATCH RELEASES   Microsoft have released 4 new Patch Tuesday releases for deployment this month of January. Quite a small deployment of updates this month 🙂 See how you can remove the risk of patch deployment by adding SnaPatch to your SCCM patching infrastructure? MS17-001 – Important Security Update for Microsoft Edge (3199709) This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Edge….

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KB3209501 Update for SCCM 1610

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How to update to KB3209501 for Microsoft SCCM 1610 An update was released this week for SCCM 1610 KB3209501. This update fixes the following issues with Microsoft SCCM 1610; After you upgrade from Configuration Manager version 1606 to version 1610, Software Center does not open on client computers. This issue can occur if an application is deployed to the version 1606 client after the site was…

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MICROSOFT’S December 2016 PATCH RELEASES

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MICROSOFT’S December 2016 PATCH RELEASES Microsoft have released 12 new Patch Tuesday releases for deployment this month of December. See how you can remove the risk of patch deployment by adding SnaPatch to your SCCM patching infrastructure? MS16-144 – Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3204059) This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote…

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Filtering Users and Groups using Azure AD Connect

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Filtering Users and Groups using Azure AD Connect Microsoft’s Azure AD Connect allows you to sync your on-prem AD to your Azure AD / Office 365.  If you leave all the settings as default, then AD Connect will happily sync all your AD objects. This is fine for some, however many large organisations do not want to sync their entire environment. There are options…

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Azure VM Scheduler tasks not running

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Azure VM Scheduler tasks not running If you are having any issues with the Azure VM Scheduling tool not running a scheduled task, it could be one of the following issues First thing to check is your log file which is located in the following location: C:Program Files (x86) – SMIKAR Software – AVMS – avms.log Error 1: Scour through the log file and…

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How to upgrade SCCM 1610

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How to upgrade SCCM 1610 Microsoft have recently released the much anticipated upgrade to their System Centre Configuration Manager to version SCCM 1610. SCCM 1610 includes new features and enhancements in Office 365 management. Windows 10, application management, client management, end user experience and new functionality for customers using Intune with SCCM. A quick overview of these enhancements are; Windows 10 Upgrade Analytics integration…

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MICROSOFT’S November 2016 PATCH RELEASES

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MICROSOFT’S November 2016 PATCH RELEASES Microsoft have released 14 new Patch Tuesday releases for deployment this month of November. See how you can remove the risk of patch deployment by adding SnaPatch to your SCCM patching infrastructure? MS16-129 – Critical Cumulative Security Update for Microsoft Edge (3199057) This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Edge. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote…

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Configuration Manager 1606 Hotfix KB3180992

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Configuration Manager 1606 Hotfix KB3180992 A new update for your System Centre Configuration Manager has been released, which will bring your SCCM environment to build 5.00.8412.1204. This update fixes the following issues identified with SCCM; When you select the Update all clients in the hierarchy using production client option on the Client Upgrade tab of Hierarchy Settings Properties, an exception occurs. The exception details…

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70-534 – Maintaining the Azure Cloud

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70-534 – Maintaining the Azure Cloud As explained in the previous post around the Azure Datacentres, Microsoft’s Azure offerings have to be reliable, have high performance and be incredibly resilient. Therefore maintaining the Azure Datacentres can be quite a complex procedure. Microsoft has to have a plan in place for the two possible scenarios of maintenance, planned and the unplanned. Planned maintenance happens on a schedule, while unplanned…

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70-534 – Azure Datacentres

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70-534 – Azure Datacentres The second post of many more to come to help you understand and pass the Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam and gain that sort after certification. Well first things first, lets cover off the Microsoft Azure Datacentres. The datacentres may be known as Azure GFS datacentres (Global Foundation Services) or they were newly renamed to Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations (MCIO)….

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70-534 – Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions Certification Skills Measured

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70-534 – Skills to study Well if you love Microsoft products as much as we do, and you wish to learn about them further and be recognised as one of the select few that are solution experts, well you will need to study, study and complete more study. There is nothing better than hands on experience combined with excellent articles and blogs to help…

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Azure Tools

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Azure tools Cloud Computing Cloud computing is a game changer and Microsoft’s Azure is the leading provider of cloud infrastructure and services. Whether you require Platform as a Service (PAAS), Software as a Service (SAAS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRAAS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) it is hard to go past the suite of products that Microsoft’s Azure cloud provides. Tools SmiKar…

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MICROSOFT’S October 2016 PATCH RELEASES

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MICROSOFT’S October 2016 PATCH RELEASES Microsoft have released 10 new Patch Tuesday releases for deployment this month. Are you ready to remove the risk of patch deployment by adding SnaPatch to your SCCM patching infrastructure? MS16-118 – Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3192887) This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if…

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Automate Azure Shutdown

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Automate Azure Shutdown To save time and money, especially with virtual machines that are not required to operate outside regular business hours (for example, development and test vms), having the ability to shutdown, deallocate and then power back these virtual machines on all within a schedule. As you are billed by the minute for running virtual machines on Microsoft’s Azure, automating a scheduled shutdown then…

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MICROSOFT’S September 2016 PATCH RELEASES

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MICROSOFT’S September 2016 PATCH RELEASES Well after a horrible last month for patches causing issues (KB3176934 breaks Windows 10 Powershell , KB3179575 causing authentication issues with Windows 2012 servers, and KB3177725 & KB3176493 causing printing issues), we are all hoping that this month’s release doesnt cause any problems. If you want to avoid issues with patch deployment, and to facilitate a quick roll back should any windows…

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KB3176934 breaks Windows 10 Powershell

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KB3176934 breaks Windows 10 Powershell Not sure what is happening this month with the August releases of patches by Microsoft. There have already been two other known issues caused by a few security patches, Microsoft patches KB3177725 & KB3176493 causing printing issues and Microsoft Patch KB3179575 causing authentication issues with Windows 2012 servers. They have released a fix for the printing issue problem (KB3187022), but we havent had…

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Microsoft Patch KB3179575 causing authentication issues with Windows 2012 servers

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Microsoft Patch KB3179575 causing authentication issues with Windows 2012 servers Seems yet another Microsoft security patch is causing issues this month. KB3179575 which was in the August Patch Tuesday deployment is to fix issues with the Windows 2012 (not R2) operating system. Taken directly from the Microsoft site, this update includes quality improvements but no new operating system features are being introduced. The key changes include:…

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Microsoft patches KB3177725 & KB3176493 causing printing issues

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Microsoft patches KB3177725 & KB3176493 causing printing issues Two recently released patches from Microsoft (in the August Patch Tuesday Release) seem to be causing some issues. The problematic security updates are KB3177725 and KB3176493 both which were to patch security vulnerabilities that could allow remote code execution on both Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 as well as server editions of their software, Windows server 2008,…

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MICROSOFT’S August 2016 PATCH RELEASES

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The following nine Patch Tuesday updates / patches have been released by Microsoft for the August 2016 Update deployment. Are you ready to start deploying and remove the patching risk using SnaPatch Patch Management Software? MS16-095 – Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3177356) This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a…

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How to snapshot multiple VMs

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How to snapshot multiple VM servers with SnapShot Master The need arises at times for the creation or deletion of snapshots of multiple VMs in unison. Creating snapshots of multiple VMs (virtual servers) for VMware’s Vsphere or even for Microsoft’s HyperV with SnapShot Master is a relatively easy task. Hopefully you have installed and are running SnapShot Master in your environment, if not, you can download…

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Schedule a VMWare Snapshot

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How to Schedule a VMWare Snapshot. Before I show you how to use SnapShot Master to create and schedule a VMWare Snapshot I will briefly describe what a snapshot is. What is a VMWare Snapshot? VMWare Snapshots are a quick and easy way to provide a previous point in time in which you can revert your virtual machine to. Snapshots are a great feature to use prior to…

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Schedule a Hyper-V Checkpoint

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 How to Schedule a Hyper-V Checkpoint. Before I show you how to use SnapShot Master to create and schedule a Hyper-V checkpoint I will briefly describe what a checkpoint is. What is a Hyper-V Checkpoint? Hyper-V Checkpoints are a quick and easy way to provide a previous point in time in which you can revert your virtual machine to. Checkpoints are a great feature to…

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How to upgrade to SCCM 1606

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SCCM 1606 Update New features of SCCM 1606 So what was the most exciting thing released this month? Well if you said Pokemon GO, you are on the wrong blog. It was in fact the release of a well received update to System Centre Configuration Manager, known as update SCCM 1606. SCCM 1606 (released on the 22nd of July 2016) introduces some great new features…

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How to Create a Hyper-V Template for Deployment

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How to Create a Hyper-V Template for Deployment If you ever need to deploy Virtual Machines often a great time saving way is to create a VM Template for quick and easy deployment. VM templates give you the advantage of a consistent configuration that is standardised format that is reusable. To create a Hyper-V VM Template follow these steps;  1. Open your SCVMM (Microsoft System…

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MICROSOFT’S July 2016 PATCH RELEASES

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The following eleven Patch Tuesday updates / patches have been released by Microsoft for the July 2016 Update deployment. Are you ready to start deploying and remove the patching risk using SnaPatch Patch Management Software? MS16-084 – Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3169991) This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a…

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VMWare PowerCLI Installation Failed

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VMWare PowerCLI Installation Failed If you are installing VMWare’s PowerCLI for remote administration of your VMWare farm, or for SnaPatch or Snapshot Master you may at times receive the following error, “Setup has detected that the installation package is corrupted. Please be aware that this installer may have been tampered with.” One of the possible causes for this is that the root certificate for VeriSign…

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How to Create a VMWare Template for Deployment

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How to Create a VMWare Template for Deployment So you are deploying Servers regularly and ask becoming sick of completing this the manual way. Well to create a template for quick deployment is relatively easy, just follow the steps in this blog post and you will be deploying VMs in no time. There are two methods to create a VMWare template, Clone to Template or Convert to…

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How to Deploy a VM and Join a Domain Automatically

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How to Deploy a VM and join a Domain Automatically If you ever have the need to deploy a Virtual Machine and have some customisations for deployment (i.e. Network Settings or have the automatically join a domain), this post will show you how to. The VMWare Customistation script will allow you to specify; Domain to join automatically Network settings Registration Settings Computer Name Windows License…

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Deploying a Zero Day Exploit Update Fix with Microsoft SCCM 2012

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Deploying a Zero Day Exploit Update Fix with Microsoft’s SCCM 2012  Zero Day Exploit Overview So what exactly is a Zero Day Exploit you ask? To be exact, a Zero Day Exploit is a vulnerability that is found that a possible Hacker can use to exploit and use for malicious or personal intent. The Vendor (software or hardware) has Zero Days to plan, mitigate…

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Create a SCCM Automatic Deployment Rule for SCEP definition updates

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SCEP Definition Automatic Deployment Rule in SCCM 2012 R2 If you have setup your SCCM environment with the Microsoft product, System Centre Endpoint Protection (SCEP) and have deployed the SCEP agent to your client computers the next task you need to complete is the creation of an Automatic Deployment Rule for the antivirus updates.  Automatic Deployment Rules as the name suggests, automate the deployment…

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Create a SCCM Automatic Deployment Rule

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SCCM Automatic Deployment Rule Automatic Deployment Rule Overview In this blog post, I will show you how to create a SCCM Automatic Deployment Rule.  ADR (abbreviation for Automatic Deployment Rule) have been a great feature that was released by Microsoft with SCCM 2012. They allow and Administrator to control update download and deployments like no previous version of SCCM. With ADRs, the Administrator can…

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How to create a Patch Management Process

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Patch Management Process Overview One of the most tedious things an Administrator can ever be given as a task, is to manage Patch Deployment and having a suitable Patch Management Process in place. From monitoring various blogs, emails, rss feeds and forums to keep abreast of the latest vulnerabilities that have been discovered and the patches that remediate these issues, to gaining approval to…

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SCCM Update Deployment Issues?

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SCCM Update Deployment Issues A good place to start troubleshooting Update Deployment within SCCM is to look in to the many logs that it has available. Determining which log to look at can be quite harrowing, so here is the a list of logs that can help identify any issues when deploying Updates from SCCM 2012.   Server Side Software Update Logs: SUPsetup.log –…

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Configuration Manager did not find a site to manage this client.

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In our Lab we had an issue where during Windows Update deployments as it seemed some clients were not getting their updates. Looking through various logs, we eventually checked the Configuration Manager applet on each of the clients and found they didnt belong to a client site. First thing that came to mind, was that there is an issue with a boundary. As this…

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Manually download updates with SCCM

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How to download updates manually with Microsoft’s System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) If you ever need to manually download and deploy updates with SCCM, or even when using SnaPatch, and you dont know how to download updates that havent been downloaded automatically by the Auto Deployment Rule, this post will show you how. To kick off a manual download of updates using SCCM, follow these steps….

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Microsoft SCCM update deployment best practices

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Deploying updates with SCCM can always be tricky. Here are some of the Best Practices that Microsoft suggest when deploying Microsoft Updates from SCCM 2012. Limit software updates to 1000 in a single software update deployment​ You must limit the number of software updates to 1000 for each software update deployment. When you create an automatic deployment rule, verify that the criteria that you…

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SCCM 2012 Installation Prerequisites Tool

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SCCM Installation Prerequisites tool A great tool has been released by Microsoft to aid administrators with the installation of System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM). The idea of this tool, is that you run it prior to installing SCCM and it will check if you have the correct prerequisites in place and also install them if required. You can install all the prerequisites for a Central…

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SCCM build numbers

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System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) by Microsoft versions System Center Configuration Manager 2016 Build Number Release Date Description 5.0.8299.1000 2015, September 22 SCCM 2016 Technical Preview 3 (Update 1509) 5.0.8315.1000 2015, October 14 SCCM 2016 Technical Preview 3 (Update 1510) 5.0.8325.1000 2015, November 12 SCCM 2016 Technical Preview 4 (Update 1511) 5.0.8336.1000 2015, December 18 SCCM 2016 Technical Preview 4 (Update 1512) 5.0.8347.1000 2016,…

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MICROSOFT’S JUNE 2016 PATCH RELEASES

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The following seventeen Patch Tuesday updates / patches have been released by Microsoft for the June 2016 Update deployment. Are you ready to start deploying and remove the patching risk using SnaPatch Patch Management Software? MS16-063 – Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3163649) This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a…

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Assess your Security Risk.

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I came across a great page from Microsoft that will help you assess your security risk. Fill out the form with a dollar value for each of the options you choose and it will help you see how each of these breaches of security cost your company lost revenue. (If your not sure of the $ value, Microsoft has some examples for each of…

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Update rollup for System Center Configuration Manager 1602 – KB3155482

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KB3155482 for SCCM 1602 Microsoft released a new patch for System Centre Configuration Manager today (KB3155482) which fixes the following issues in SCCM version 1602. Remote Control The SCCMRDPSYSTEM.EXE process stops running on Windows Embedded clients after your try and start a remote control session. Site Systems The DBSchemaChangeHistory table in the site database grows exponentially. Microsoft Intune and Mobile Device Management The Service…

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SCCM 1602 Upgrade

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SCCM 1602 Upgrade Microsoft released an update to SCCM from version 1511 to version 1602 a few months back. Updating from SCCM 1511 to 1602 is a fairly easy process, you just need to follow the steps; Go to your SCCM console, and then to Administration, Cloud Services, then Updates and Servicing. Right click the update and choose to run the prerequisite check. This…

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MICROSOFT’S MAY 2016 PATCH RELEASES

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The following sixteen Patch Tuesday updates / patches have been released by Microsoft for the April 2016 Update deployment. Are you ready to start deploying and remove the patching risk using SnaPatch Patch Management Software? MS16-051 – Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3155533) This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a…

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MICROSOFT’S APRIL 2016 PATCH RELEASES

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The following thirteen Patch Tuesday updates / patches have been released by Microsoft for the April 2016 Update deployment. Are you ready to start deploying and remove the patching risk using SnaPatch Patch Management Software? MS16-037 – Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3148531) This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution…

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Manually download updates with SCCM

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Manually download updates with SCCM If you ever have the need to Manually Download Updates with SCCM (like with a zero day exploit deployment) I will show you how to below. This helps even if updates haven’t been downloaded automatically by the Auto Deployment Rule. To kick off a manual download of updates with SCCM, follow these steps. Open your SCCM console and go to Software Library, then…

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Microsoft’s March 2016 Patch Releases

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The following thirteen Patch Tuesday updates / patches have been released by Microsoft for the January 2016 Update deployment. Are you ready to start deploying and remove the patching risk using SnaPatch Patch Management Software? MS16-023 – Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3142015) This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution…

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Auto Deployment Rule Error 0x87d20415

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System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) Auto Deployment Rule Error 0x87d20415 When you realise that updates havent been downloading as intended, one of the first places to look is have a look is at your Auto Deployment Rules. Go to Software Library and choose Automatic Deployment Rules In the main window you should be able to see the error code and why your Auto Deployment Rule…

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CU3 for System Center Configuration Manager 2012

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An update version 3 has been released for Microsoft’s System Centre Configuration Manager 2012. SCCM 2012 CU3 This update released by Microsoft fixes the following issues; Administrator Console The Administrator Console may take longer than expected to expand different nodes, such as the All Users or All Devices nodes. This occurs when the console is installed on a touch-screen enabled computer. The Create Task…

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The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed.

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The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed. If you have ever restored an old snapshot of a domain joined virtual server and seen the above error when trying to log back in after it restarted, you will no the frustration. This seems to be a problem when the snapshot is older than 30 days. Once you restore the old snapshot,…

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Restore a Domain Controller from a Snapshot

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Reverting a snapshot of an active Domain Controller can be a risky and problematic issue. If you are considering using this procedure it should be your very LAST option.  This is not a supported Microsoft procedure and use of it could cause fatal issues to Active Directory. Reassessing your environment and take the proper steps to ensure this recovery model doesn’t have to be used again. Use…

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SCCM Log files for Software Updates

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SCCM Log files for Software Updates A great place to start with any issues with your SCCM environment, is to start looking at the many SCCM log files. Using the following logs can help identify any issues when deploying Windows Updates from within SCCM 2012. Server Side Software Update Logs: SUPsetup.log – Installation of SUP Site Role. WCM.log, WSUSCtrl.log – Configuration of WSUS Server/SUP….

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SCCM Clients failing to install windows updates

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SCCM Clients failing to install windows updates If you find no issues while looking at the Client and SCCM server Windows Updates logs and you determine that it isnt something else, it maybe worth checking the following on the clients with the issues. If you have issues with SCCM client machines during an update deployment, an issue that could be causing the problem is a proxy…

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SCCM Version 1511 – New Features

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SCCM – version 1511 New Features The latest version of Microsoft’s System Centre Configuration Manager has been released. (SCCM 1511). While we all expected this to be called SCCM 2016, it is in fact now called SCCM 1511. The new versioning is due to the fact that SCCM update cycle will be frequent. Every new version will be named as SCCM YYMM (Year and Month)….

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Microsoft’s Febuary 2016 Patch Releases

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The following thirteen Patch Tuesday updates / patches have been released by Microsoft for the Febuary 2016 Update deployment. Are you ready to start deploying and remove the patching risk using SnaPatch Patch Management Software? MS16-009 – Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3134220) This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user…

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SCCM Update Deployment Issues?

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SCCM Update Deployment Issues? A good place to start troubleshooting with SCCM is to look in to the many logs that it has available. Determining which log to look at can be quite harrowing, so here is the a list of logs that can help identify any issues when deploying Updates from SCCM 2012. Server Side Software Update Logs: SUPsetup.log – Installation of SUP…

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Microsoft’s January 2016 Patch Releases

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Microsoft’s January 2016 Patch Releases The following nine Patch Tuesday updates / patches have been released by Microsoft for the January 2016 Update deployment. Are you ready to start deploying and remove the patching risk using SnaPatch Patch Management Software? MS16-001 – Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3124903) This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The more severe of the vulnerabilities could allow…

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Adobe Flash Player – Critical Security updates released

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Adobe Flash Player – Critical Security updates released Adobe has released critical  security updates for Adobe Flash Player this month These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. The exploit for CVE-2015-8651 is being used in limited, targeted attacks. Effected versions are; Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime 20.0.0.235 and earlier Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release…

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Patch Management Pain?

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Patch Management Pain? Creating a great patch management strategy shouldn’t be a daunting task. While updating and patching servers can be quite tedious, having a strategy in place that is workable can remove some of this pain. The first step is having the correct infrastructure in place to keep your servers and workstations up to date. You can use any of the fantastic tools…

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SCCM – version 1511 New Features

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SCCM – version 1511 New Features The latest version of Microsoft’s System Centre Configuration Manager has been released. While we all expected this to be called SCCM 2016, it is in fact now called SCCM 1511. The new versioning is due to the fact that SCCM update cycle will be more frequent. Every new version will be named as SCCM YYMM (Year and Month)….

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Outlook 2010 only starting in Safe Mode (KB3114409)

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Outlook 2010 only starting in Safe Mode (KB3114409) Seems one of the updates in this months Microsoft Patch releases has caused an issue it was trying to prevent rather than fixing it. (This is one of the many reasons we created SnaPatch for, to give a quick and easy rollback) The KB3114409 update was to prevent Outlook 2010 from starting in safe mode. The…

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Microsoft’s December 2015 Patch Releases

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Microsoft’s December 2015 Patch Releases The following twelve Patch Tuesday updates / patches have been released by Microsoft for the  December 2015 Update deployment. Are you ready to start deploying and remove the patching risk using SnaPatch Patch Management Software? MS15-112 – Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3104517) This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could…

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Important update for WSUS 4.0 – KB 3095113

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Important update for WSUS 4.0  – KB 3095113 Microsoft has released Windows 10 with a feature upgrade (version 1511) which is the first in-place upgrade for Windows 10. To enable this deployment to Windows 10 clients, Microsoft will ship a patch to WSUS for WS12 and WS12R2 (KB 3095113) which enable WSUS to deploy this feature upgrade. The Windows 10 1511 feature upgrade is available via WSUS  (which will…

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Microsoft’s November 2015 Patch Releases

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Microsoft’s November 2015 Patch Releases The following twelve Patch Tuesday updates / patches have been released by Microsoft for deployment. Are you ready to start deploying and remove the patching risk using SnaPatch? MS15-112 – Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3104517) This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user…

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Adobe Flash compromised

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Adobe Flash compromised Adobe officials have confirmed a vulnerability affects Flash version 19.0.0.207, which was released on Tuesday. The vulnerability has been cataloged as CVE-2015-7645. Attackers are exploiting a previously unknown vulnerability in fully patched versions of Adobe’s Flash Player so they can surreptitiously install malware on end users’ computers, security researchers warned Tuesday. The attacks are known to target only government agencies as part…

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VMWare – Snapshot Consildation

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VMWare – Snapshot Consildation CONSOLIDATE SNAPSHOT: Snapshot consolidation is useful when snapshot disks fail to compact after a Delete or Delete all operation or if the disk did not consolidate. This might happen, for example, if you delete a snapshot but its associated disk does not commit back to the base disk. The snapshot Consolidation  searches for hierarchies or delta disks to combine without…

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VMWare – Reverting a Virtual Machine Snapshot

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VMWare – Reverting Snapshots If you ever need to revert a snapshot of a virtual server, what is the process that occurs. Well, reverting snapshots immediately activates the parent snapshot of the current state of the virtual machine. The current disk and memory states are discarded and restored as they were when you took that snapshot. If your parent snapshot was taken when the…

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SCCM Clients re-evaluate software updates

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SCCM – Change the time for a client to re-evaluate software updates By default, within SCCM, the client evaluation settings for available software updates is set to 7 days. If machines have issues with an update deployment, they wont check again for available updates until the next 7 days has passed. To change this setting to become more frequent and have your client machines check in…

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Who loves managing patching?

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Who loves managing patching? When you deploy a new VM from a template, you get a fully patched and up to date image which is nice. One month from now it is no longer not so nice – it’s unpatched and vulnerable as another Patch Tuesday release from Microsoft has passed. Lots of new security holes have patched by the new updates released. Of course it…

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Microsoft SCCM update deployment best practices

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Microsoft SCCM update deployment best practices Deploying updates with SCCM can always be tricky. Here are some of the Best Practices that Microsoft suggest when deploying Microsoft Updates. Limit software updates to 1000 in a single software update deployment​ You must limit the number of software updates to 1000 for each software update deployment. When you create an automatic deployment rule, verify that the…

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Microsoft’s October 2015 Patch Releases

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Microsoft’s October 2015 Patch Releases The following six Patch Tuesday patches have been released by Microsoft for deployment. Are you ready to start deploying and remove the patching risk using SnaPatch? MS15-106 – Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3096441) This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views…

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Microsoft’s September 2015 Patch Releases

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September Patch Release Hi All, Microsoft has released their latest round of Patches / Updates for September Month last Tuesday. The following patches / updates have been released for deployment MS15-094 – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3089548) MS15-095 – Cumulative Security Update for Microsoft Edge (3089665 MS15-096 – Vulnerability in Active Directory Service Could Allow Denial of Service (3072595) MS15-097 – Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Graphics Component…

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Windows 10

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Have you heard how many people have taken up Windows 10 and how big a success it is. 75 million devices in only one month are running the latest OS from Microsoft. That is more than the total number of Mac OSX already, and it is still growing rapidly. Incredible take up of Microsoft’s latest Desktop Operating System.  

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