Configuration Manager 2012 R2 CU3 Released

System Center Configuration Manager SCCM

Microsoft have released Cumulative Update 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.

The hot fix download is available using the link below:

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 CU3

The full details of the update are below:

Issues that are fixed

Software distribution and application management

Content distribution from a Central Administration Site (CAS) to remote distribution points can take longer than expected. This can occur when multiple applications are updated across all distribution points.

An application that is deployed to a collection is not removed from the software center if the computer is removed from that collection.

The Export Application Wizard finished with errors when the source contains nested sub-folders, and the content is updated. Errors that resemble the following are displayed in the Export Application Wizard:

Error: The target file “C:ExportA_filesContent_XXXXXXXXXXXXF2” is a directory, not a file.

Changes to the CIEnforceState value for an application are not saved on the client when an immediate restart is initiated outside Configuration Manager. This scenario affects applications and application dependency chains in which the application has the following option enabled:

Only when no user is logged on / CM client will force a mandatory device restart

Wake on LAN

Wake on LAN requests from a site server to a client may time out in large environments of 30,000 or more clients.

Migration

The data collecting process may time out when Configuration Manager is migrated from Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. This issue can occur in sites in which multiple source sites are used, and many (100,000 or more) records exist only in the database at the destination site.

Company portal

Clients may not configure settings for the company portal for sites in which multiple Application Catalogs are installed. Entries that resemble the following are logged in the UpdateTrustedSites.log file:

Updating metro app setting with package family ‘Microsoft.CorporateAppCenter_8wekyb3d8bbwe’, URL ‘https://siteserver:80/CMApplicationCatalog’…E_FAIL, HRESULT=80004005Failed to set settings into container ‘PolicySettingsCCMSettings’ of package ‘Microsoft.CorporateAppCenter_8wekyb3d8bbwe’.

Administrator Console

The Administrator Console can quit unexpectedly when modifying the following task sequences:
Join a domain or workgroup
Apply Network Settings

Mobile devices

Policy assignment is not updated a Windows Embedded Handheld device is moved from one collection to another. For example, when a device is moved from a collection for installing an application to an uninstall collection, a rules conflict status occurs. Entries that resemble the following are recorded in the SMS_DM.log file:

Uninstall AppPolicy is in conflict with other Install AppPolicy. Bailing out without Processing

A race condition may cause renewing the Windows Intune Connector certificate to fail. Entries that resemble the following are recorded in the DMPDownload.log:

Renewing connector certificate… Failed to call SaveAccountInfo. error = Unknown error SMS_DMP_DOWNLOADER is exiting…

The Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol policy may not be delivered to a device that is enrolled in Windows Intune and then later renamed by the user.

State messages are marked incorrectly as corrupted from Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol Configuration Items that are targeted to devices and that contain a user entry of SYSTEM.

Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol certificate requests can fail for workgroup clients that Configuration Manager manages. Entries that resemble the following are recorded in the CRP.log file:

DB returned NULL. Parameters in CSR and DB do not match
Exception: System.ArgumentException: DB returned NULL.Parameters in CSR and DB do not match

Operating system deployment

When an unknown x64 UEFI computer is started by using PXE in a Configuration Manager 2012 R2 environment, the x86 Unknown Computer object is used incorrectly instead of the x64 Unknown Computer. This can potentially cause the computer to receive incorrect task sequences.

Client

The SMS Agent Host service may quit unexpectedly during the processing of task sequences.

Site servers and site systems

The SMS_Executive service may quit unexpectedly when removing a package from a large number (100+) of distribution points. Entries that resemble the following are logged in the distmgr.log file before process termination:

Wait failed while waiting for all DP threads to end. Thread Count = 94, Error = 87
Distribution Manager tried 100 times, it will exit now

Note These log entries do not always indicate a problem state that will lead to a process termination.

Changing the properties of a distribution point on a Windows Server 2012 R2 server can disable date and time logging in Internet Information Services (IIS).

Changing the properties of a distribution that was migrated from Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager can result in the upgrade process starting again.

Windows PowerShell

Windows PowerShell issues that are corrected in Cumulative Update 3 are described in the following article:

2999304 Description of Windows PowerShell changes in Cumulative Update 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
Additional changes that are included in this update

Management point communications

This cumulative update introduces a new registry entry for clients. This entry will restrict which management point (MP) a client can communicate with. This can be useful in environments that have multiple MPs in different forests, and the clients can only communicate with a subset of them. Setting the registry value to only those MPs that can be reached by the client can improve overall efficiency. The new registry value is AllowedMPs, a REG_MULTI_SZ (multi-string) type that is under the following subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftCCM

Each entry is the Fully Qualified Domain Name of the management point(s) with which the client is able to communicate. This value does not affect the selection of any other site systems such as distribution points, software update points, and so on. The value only affects the primary site MP selection.

Note After this value is defined, there is no fallback or other method for clients to communicate with other MPs. This new entry is only intended for permanently located workstation and server clients and is not portable to devices such as mobile PCs or tablets.

Operating systems other than Windows

The following operating systems are added to the list of supported platforms for software distribution:
Debian 7 (x86)
Debian 7 (x64)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (x64)
CentOS 7 (x64)
Oracle 7 (x64)

Software updates

Child sites may perform partial WSUS synchronization when the primary is under heavy load. This partial synchronization occurs when the WSUS Synchronization Manager component on a primary site begins synchronization before WSUS has completed processing all updates metadata. To prevent this scenario, the following registry subkey can be configured to use a new value in seconds:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftSMSComponentsSMS_WSUS_SYNC_MANAGERSyncGracePeriod

The default value is 120 seconds, and values between 5 seconds and 10 minutes (5 and 600) are accepted. This setting should not have to be changed in most environments.

VLC Player v2.1.5 MSI Installers Released

We believe that VLC Player is the best media player available on the internet at the moment and has been for some time, but there is no MSI installer for it. MSI installers can be used easily for distribution using systems like Configuration Manager, WDS or Group Policy.

So, we have taken the standalone version of VLC Player v2.1.5 and created a MSI installer from it.
You can download the file from our SourceForge project site and when there are updates, we will carry on to create the MSI installers to match.
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INSTRUCTIONS

If you want to distribute VLC Player as a silent install, then you can use the code as below:

WDS or Group Policy

 VLC Player v2.1.5.msi /q /norestart  

Configuration Manager

 msiexec /i "VLC Player v2.1.5.msi" /q /norestart

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Windows Update Stuck on Installing Update…[2020 Updated]

Windows Updates Stuck on Shut Down or Reboot

When you run Windows Update on your computer you assume that everything will be fine. However, sometimes can get a corrupt update and your computer when rebooted or shut down will get stuck on this dreaded screen:

Windows Update

This will not go away and most people outside of the IT world usually take full notice of the “Please do not power off or unplug your machine…” message and we have known clients leave machines on this screen for days in the hope that it will eventually start working – it won’t!

Windows Update Fix Video Demo

Before going into the full written guide, you can check out the video demo below which shows the fix being carried out. You should carry on to read and take notice of the full guide below though as this has the advanced details on how to carry out this fix correctly.

So, what do you do?

Well, the first thing you will need to do identify that you actually have a problem and that your machine is not actually doing as it says. Sometimes, updates can be very large (especially service pack updates) so you need to be sure that you machine is actually stuck. What we usually advise is that if your computer has been stuck on a message similar to the one above and has not changed for around 30 minutes then it certainly has a problem that will need to be acted on.

Once you are convinced you have a problem, you should power off your machine. This means holding down the power button (on your computer not a monitor which we have seen people do!…) for around 10 seconds. You should notice that you computer will completely shut off. Now – turn it back on again.

This should now take you straight back into Windows – if you are very unlucky then the update may have screwed up your computer and it may be time for a rebuild. But lets assume everything is ok and you are now back into Windows.

I am back in Windows but what now?

Do not turn off your machine or reboot it as you will just get stuck on the “Installing Updates…” message again. The reason this is happening is because of a corrupt update or a corrupt update database. Either way, the fix is pretty simple if you have a basic understanding of computers.

There is a folder under the Windows directory called “SoftwareDistribution”. This folder is where all Windows Updates are downloaded to and run from as well as the Windows Update database being in here. So, if it is corrupt, we need to get rid of it and recreate it from scratch – this will fix your problems.

How do I recreate my Windows Update SoftwareDistribution Folder and Database?

First of all, you cannot just go in and delete or rename the folder, there is a Windows Update service running that will stop you from doing this. So, the plan is to stop the service, rename the current folder, start the service again which will then in turn recreate your SoftwareDistribution folder and Windows Update database.

Stop the Windows Update Service

You first need to start an elevated command prompt, to do this in Windows 7, click Start then browse to All Programs then Accessories and then right click on Command Prompt and click “Run as Administrator“:

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To do this in Windows 8 or Windows 10, just right click the bottom left corner Start button and click “Command Prompt (Admin)“:

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You should then be presented with a back box that looks like this:

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You then need to stop the Windows Update service, so you should type in the following command:

net stop wuauserv

Renaming the SoftwareDistribution Folder

Then rename the current SoftwareDistribtion Folder in the Windows directory. Assuming your Windows is installed on the C: drive, you should then type in this command and press enter:

ren c:\windows\softwaredistribution sd.old

This will rename the folder to sd.old in your C:\Windows folder – you can later delete this folder once you are happy everything is working to save you some disk space but it is not critical that you delete this folder if you do not want to.

Restart the Windows Update Service

The final part of the fix is to restart the Windows Update service. To do this, you should type in the following command and press enter:

net start wuauserv

After this has restarted, you should now notice that the SoftwareDistribution Folder has been recreated – you should now restart your computer and you should notice that it reboots without any problems.

But wait – there is one last thing that you need to be aware of. As you have now completely removed the old SoftwareDistribution database, when you next run Windows Updates, it will not know that it has been run before and may through an error. Ignore this and just click “Check for Updates“. It will then check the machine, see that it has a number of updates and catch up with itself again.

But what if I work in IT and need to fix loads of machines?

Simple, you can either use Group Policy, create a batch file or use a system like Configuration Manager. For some clients we have pushed this fix out using a Configuration Manager Task Sequence and it works perfectly.

What if I have Windows 8 or Windows 10 and the stupid F8 key doesn’t take me to safe mode anymore?

Easy! simply click the link below to our guide on how to boot Windows 8 into Safe Mode:

How to Boot Windows 8/10 into Safe Mode

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Java Client 7 Update 67 MSI Installers Released

You may have seen our guides on how to update your Java Client using Configuration Manager or WSUS. Due to these, we have had a large number of requests asking us on how to get the MSI installers for Java. We have written a few guides on how to extract the Java MSI files, but we have now decided that we will also do this for you from now on.

So, using our Java microsite, you can now download the Java Client MSI files and we will try to keep these as up to date as we possibly can. The current version from today (being 29th September 2014) is version 7 update 67 and you can get this by clicking the download button below:

DOWNLOAD

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Once you have downloaded the Java Client MSI files, you can use it to distribute using Group Policy, Configuration Manager, WDS, MDT or WSUS.

UPDATE

Update added 26th April 2015 – Please be aware that it seems that the MSI extraction does not always work with the newer versions of Java, so please see the guide below which shows you how to setup a silent install using the standard offline installer:

Java Silent Installation Guide

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Ultimate Settings Panel version 2.1 Released

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Please note that version 2.6 is now available by clicking the download button below. We are pleased to announce the release of Ultimate Settings Panel version 2.1. This release now has 7 different configuration tabs including Windows 8 and a total of 198 configuration items. You can download the new version from our SourceForge project … Read more

FileZilla FTP Client MSI Installer v3.9.0.5 Released

FileZilla FTP

As you may be aware, we have previously created an MSI installer for FileZilla FTP Client, well there is a new version and we have now created an MSI installer for version 3.9.0.5.

This is the standalone version that has been repackaged by us into an MSI installer. This means that you can use this for deployment with ConfigMgr, WDS, Group Policy and MDT amongst other systems.

Download

Download FileZilla

Instructions

If you want to distribute FileZilla as a silent install, then you can use the code as below:

Group Policy

FileZilla FTP Client v3.9.0.5.msi /q /norestart

Configuration Manager

msiexec /i “FileZilla FTP Client v3.9.0.5.msi” /q /norestart

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Windows 7 Lock Screen Changer v1.4 Released

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Please note that version 1.5 of Windows 7 Lock Screen Changer is now available using the link below:

Windows 7 Lock Screen Changer version 1.5

We are pleased to announce the release of Windows 7 Lock Screen Changer v1.4.

This utility allows you to quickly and easily change your Windows 7 Lock Screen as you can see from the video demo below:

You can download the latest version using the button below:

DOWNLOAD

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UPDATE LOG

Updates in this version include:

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Gallery added – Pro version only
  • Some redesign of buttons and layout
  • Option to purchase Pro Package version for just 89p (GBP)

SCREENSHOTS

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Windows 7 Lock Screen Pro v1.4 Package Released

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We are pleased to announce the release of Windows 7 Lock Screen Pro v1.4.

This release is in relation to our previous post about us releasing Pro versions for all our freeware.

You can purchase the Windows 7 Lock Screen Pro package for just 89p (GBP) by clicking the “Buy Now” button below and follow through with the PayPal payment process. Once you have completed your payment, you will immediately receive your download package.

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  • No exit or link backs
  • No adverts
  • No branding
  • MSI and EXE installers included as well as standalone version for easy distribution
  • Distribute to all machines within your business or home
  • All future update releases included
  • Instant download availability
  • Gallery Included

SCREENSHOTS

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Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.167 for Internet Explorer Released – MSI Download

Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.167 for Internet Explorer Released - MSI Download 18Adobe have released another update to their Adobe Flash Player software, this time taking it up to version 15.0.0.167 for Internet Explorer.

As always, you can download the executable file or get the MSI file so that you can load it into your Configuration Manager Software Catalog.

The update is also now available to import through System Center Update Publisher (SCUP) so you can inject it into your WSUS or Configuration Manager systems.

You can the download in all formats for all browsers for Windows directly from Adobe by clicking the download button below.

DOWNLOAD

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Utility Pro Versions

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Thank you for taking the time to download and use our freeware.

In addition to the freeware utilities that we provide, you can enhance some of these buy purchasing the Pro versions. This also helps with the running costs of this website and allows us to keep the site going in the future due to ever increasing hosting costs and the time it is taking us to run the site.

Below, you will find all the current versions of Pro utilities that we have available. You can click on the utility you want to purchase and then simply follow the instructions – you will receive your download immediately and payment is accepted through PayPal to make it quick, simple and easy.

Ultimate Settings Panel version 2.0 Released

Please note that version 2.6 is now available by clicking the download button below.

We are pleased to announce the release of Ultimate Settings Panel version 2.0

DOWNLOAD

Download Ultimate Settings Panel

UPDATE LOG

In this version we have fixed some minor bugs, added x64 and x86 compatibility on some of the buttons that were not working and also added the server admin tab – however this is only usable with the Pro Version of Ultimate Settings Panel. There is also a very slight design change.

SCREENSHOTS

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