Sunday, March 09, 2014

News for the Sysadmins

Here is a quick-post for sysadmins in the crowd.

RELEASE: Office 2013 Service Pack 1 - Kurt Shintaku's Blog

How to force Office 365 to upgrade to Service Pack 1 - BetaNews blog

Microsoft releases fix for Windows Update corruption errors - ZDNet

Fix Windows Update corruption errors such as 0x80070002 and 0x80070057 - Microsoft Support

Description of Software Update Services and Windows Server Update Services changes in content for 2014 - Microsoft Support

Fix it tool available to block Internet Explorer attacks leveraging CVE-2014-0322 - Security Research & Defense blog

Fix problems that programs cannot be installed or uninstalled - Microsoft Support - I mentioned this tool in a previous GSD post but at the time hadn’t deployed it yet. What it does is give you the option to deploy to the system at hand to in a “portable” mode to carry with you. When you run the tool it gives you a menu from which you can select the category of issue you are running into, as well as a more detailed sub-listing of specific issues to pick from. Once selected, it will deploy the possible fix to the issue.

Sadly, it was no help to me in my repeated failures to get IE 10 or IE 11 installed on the church-house Win 7 x64 bit PC’s. It keeps failing with cryptic error messages that the required updates are not on the system, but even laboriously manually downloading and installing the documented IE 10/11 prerequisites results in the same failure.

INFO:    Setup exit code: 0x00009C57 (40023) - Prerequisites failed to install.

I’ve spent a lot of time picking though the IE 10/11 update log file (IE11_main.log) generated and cross matching it with a system that has a good/successful log install report, but despite everything so far, IE 10/11 upgrades just keeps failing. I’m not alone in this issue. That will be a post for another day, though…  And I haven’t done an Process Monitor trace file capture yet either…speaking of…

[Aaron Margosis will] be on Defrag Tools (Channel 9) - Aaron Margosis' Non-Admin, App-Compat and Sysinternals WebLog. This one sounds exciting:

We talked about the upcoming Sysinternals book I'm writing with Mark Russinovich, and demonstrated a very cool "App Install Recorder" built with Process Monitor and some PowerShell scripts.

The episode will go live next Monday, March 10, at 9:00am Pacific Time.


--Claus V.

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