Microsoft patches blocked for some admins

Microsoft on Monday said it is working on a patch to correct an
issue that has rendered some administrators using System Center
Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 unable to download and install
lastweek's security updates.



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On Friday evening, Redmond confirmed what it called "a deployment
issue affecting customers using System Center Configuration Manager
2007 servers with Systems Management Services [SMS] 2003."



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"Our initial investigation has shown the issue only affects
Configuration Manager 2007 customers; no other detection or
deployment technology is affected," wrote Christopher Budd,
security response communications lead for Microsoft, in an e-mail
on Friday to Redmondmag.com. "Additionally, only customers who are
running Configuration Manager 2007 servers with SMS 2003 clients
are affected."



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Once dubbed Systems Management Server, SCCM helps corral components
and settings for system administrators who maintain large groups of
Windows-based machines. Among the program's chief attributes is
that it enables administrators at a given enterprise to perform
patch management, software distribution and operating system
deployment in addition to keeping track of hardware and software
inventory.



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In response to user complaints, on Friday Redmond issued SecurityAdvisory (954474), which offers guidance to clients and channel
partners running the program.



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Microsoft maintains that it is "actively monitoring this situation
to keep customers informed and will provide additional customer
guidance as necessary."



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Coupled with using Windows Server Update Services or SMS 2003,
administrators can determine if last Tuesday's updates are sticking
to their systems by keeping a close watch on the Wsyncmgr.log,
which details system activity on the SCCM 2007 site server.

This story originally was published June 16 at Redmondmag.com, an affiliate of GCN.com. Redmondmag.com and GCN.com are 1105 Media Inc. properties.



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