Archive for February, 2011

Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 yesterday.  It’s currently available to everyone via Windows Update.  I’m still waiting (impatiently, at that) for it to be released for wsus deployment.  You can download different varieties from here.  For you early adopters like myself, to start deploying it to your users, run the applicable exe with supported switches.


All switches are listed below

Options Description
/forcerestart If a restart is required, this option forces any open applications or documents to close.
/nodialog Suppresses the success or failure dialog box at the end of the installation.
/norestart Does not restart the computer after the installation is complete, even if a restart is required to complete the installation. You should use this option in conjunction with the /quiet option.
/promptrestart If a restart is required, a dialog box notifies the user that a restart is required to complete Setup. You should use this option in conjunction with the /quiet option.
/quiet Runs the installation in quiet mode. This mode shows no user interface during the installation of the updates. This is the same as unattended mode, except that the user interface is hidden. No prompts will appear during the installation process except the success or failure dialog box at the end of the installation. To suppress this dialog box, you must also specify the /nodialog option.
/unattend Installs the service pack in unattended mode. Only critical error prompts and a progress bar will appear during the installation. For example, Microsoft Software License Terms is not shown, and the computer will be automatically restarted.
/warnrestart[:<seconds>] If a restart is required, a dialog box notifies the user that the computer will restart in the specified number of seconds. The user can either cancel the restart or restart the computer immediately. The default setting for the automatic restart is 30 seconds.
/wsus Returns a failure code if the previous installation attempt failed. This option is needed only when you are deploying SP1 in a Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), SMS, or System Center Configuration Manager environment, or in any non-Microsoft product that uses the Windows Update Agent to report installation success.
/? or /help Displays command usage.

so for example you want a silent install with a reboot at the end:  windows6.1-kb976932-x64.exe /quiet /nodialog /forcerestart

Happy updating!




This is going to follow alot of the stuff already described in a previous post I made, I’m just going to update it with some tweaks for the latest version of Adobe Reader.  This assumes you have the Adobe Customization Wizard X installed.  If not, download it.  It’s version specific, so the Customization Wizard 9 will not work with this version.

First download Adobe Reader X from

Then extract the installation files from the exe.  The path indicates I put the downloaded exe file in c:.   The command is c:\adberdr1001_en_us.exe -nos_o”c:\readerx” -nos_ne  This runs the installer to extract the files but not actually install the program.  The files are now in c:\readerx.  Note: there is a space between .exe and -nos_o, but no space between -nos_o and “c:\readerx”, then another space between “c:\readerx” and -nos_ne.

Now that you have your files, open the msi in the customization wizard and go through the options to customize the installation the way you want.  Don’t panic that it claims the installer will remove old versions of reader and acrobat, it only removes old versions of reader and doesn’t touch acrobat, the way we want it.  Once you have the install the way you want, generate a transform from within the wizard and save it with all your other install files in c:\readerx

Copy this entire folder to a network share and go into SCE and create a new package. You’ll need to specify that you want files and folders, and not just the setup file, so the second option.  Select your readerx folder on the network share, then the acroread.msi file.

When it asks for installation parameters you’ll put in:  TRANSFORMS=”\\server\sharename\<yourmstfilename>.mst”  The installer is inherently silent and you specify this option in the customization wizard.  So /qn is not needed, in fact, it’ll error out if you put this in.  So if you want to try it before you deploy it, I’ll give you my command line so you can see what the whole thing looks like.  c:\windows\system32\msiexec.exe /i \\server\share\acroread.msi TRANSFORMS=”\\server\share\acroread.mst” /qn  – note this is the command line, DONT put this is sce and expect it to run.

There you have it!  The installer will remove old versions of Reader, leave Acrobat alone, install Reader X, and you’ll sleep a little better!  There are more advanced options for configuring update behavior, icon management, and locking down certain security options, but that’s a case-by-case basis and I won’t post that here, it you want to do this, let me know, I’ll help you as best I can.


I’m going to copy and paste most of this from the SCE Forums on TechNet.   I normally wouldn’t post isolated instances of problems, but when I was helping this other person, I found that his conditions existed in my environment as well, so it could very well be the case for everyone.

Issue #1:

When we discover systems in our domain, clients that are located in our Administrative office (same location as the SCE server) are contacted by SCE and we can see the installed software, number of hard drives, etc.  Systems that are not in our Administrative office (remote sites, same domain) are displayed, but do not have software inventory and lists zero hard drives.

If I log into the remote site systems, configure Windows Update to automatically update the system, and perform “Check for Updates”, within a few minutes SCE will start displaying information about that remote system.  If I don’t go through these steps, SCE will not display the number of hard drives or the installed software, etc.

Questions – Is this an issue with WSUS? Once these clients are talking to SCE, will they truly continue to communicate and receive updates from the SCE server?  Is there something we can do to correct this behavior before we discover any more clients?

Issue #2:

In the Computers workspace, on the All Windows Computers pane, if I double click on a client system (Win 7) I can view the CPU performance, but there are no performance counters available to view under Processor Queue Length or Memory Usage.  On servers, I see performance counters for CPU, Processor Queue Length and Memory Usage.

Questions – Similar to Issue #1, is this a WSUS issue?  Is there something I need to configure to collect or view the Processor Queue Length and Memory Usage data for the client systems, or is this data not available?

Issue #3:

In the Monitoring workspace, if I expand the Microsoft Windows Client tree and look under Performance, Windows Client OS Performance, there are no performance counters that can be selected/viewed under any of the options (Disk Capacity, Disk Performance, Disk Utilization, Memory Utilization (Page File), Memory Utilization (Physical), Network Adapter Utilization or Processor Performance).

Under the Microsoft Windows Server | Performance, there are performance counters for Disk Capacity, Memory Utilization (Page File), Network Adapter Utilization [Bytes Total/Sec] and Processor Performance.  There are NO performance counters for Disk Performance, Disk Utilization, Memory Utilization (Physical) and Network Adapter Utilization [Bytes Received/Sec and Bytes Sent/Sec].

My Reply:

Issue #1 probably isn’t related to an actual WSUS problem, but more of a wsus/client problem where the client more than likely hadn’t received the certificate generated from the installation, which is then relayed via group policy.

Issues# 2+3 – Keep in mind, the problem exists with Windows 7 clients (and presumably Vista as well).  XP Clients work fine

Looking at the performance counters for any random Win7 client, doesn’t display any graph data, but will show the counters for that particular client.  Checking the box next to the counter doesn’t change the display behavior within SCE.  When you right-click the counter and select properties, the target is “Windows XP Operating System”, which obviously doesn’t apply since as I mentioned this is a windows 7 box.  When I look at the same information for a windows xp box, graph data is displayed properly.  So I went into the Authoring pane and scoped my search to “windows xp client operating system” and “windows 7 client operating system”, most of the rules for xp are enabled, but windows 7 rules are disabled.  Find the windows 7 rule “System Processor Queue Length” and  “Memory Available Megabytes”, and do an override to enable them.  SCE will then notify you client of an enabled rule and modify the configuration to start gathering performance data.


It’s a matter of rules not enabled by default, or inadvertently disabled through another rule.  Fortunately, from what I can tell, the rule names stay the same for the most part, it’s just a matter of scoping you rules to the correct category.  Why Windows 7 rules aren’t enabled by default I can’t really say, but it’s easy enough to enable them now that you know what you’re looking for.