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21 days and counting

21 days before unmanaged 8.1 systems are locked out of getting security updates.  And I'm still seeing issues with folks trying to get the update installed.

I worked with Robert (the PowerShell genius) to build a PowerShell tool that let's you run some of the commands in the post in the answers forum as well as checking on the free space in the C drive and in the reserved partition.

2919355 and WSUS

For those running default SBS 2003 R2/2008 and 2011 with WSUS - it auto approves security updates to servers and workstations.  If you have an 8.1 or R2 deployed in that network, KB2919355 will be automatically approved and probably automatically installed tonight.

Just be aware and watch your patch settings.

2919355 is deemed a critical security update and thus will automatically be installed if you have not changed the settings.

Enterprises (those of us behind WSUS/Intune) have more time

For those of you behind WSUS, Intune or System center the less than 30 days before KB2919355 has to be installed has been extended.

Folks who patch with WSUS/Intune or System center have until August to roll out KB2919355

Tuesday! SMBKitchen ASP Chat

Tuesday! SMBKitchen ASP Chat | Third Tier:

Join us today at the SMBKitchen chat.  Remember that you can sign up and get a sneak peak of the documents we've released before April 30.

I'll be sending out a revision to the Heartbleed client facing communication to reflect some latest developments.  Hope to see you there this afternoon!

Status report of KB2919355

Only 29 days-ish to get KB2919355 installed.  And we're starting to see people getting their issues resolved (yea) and starting to see the support engineers move from the fishing expeditions to where they can start giving out canned responses to the problems. 

Still Microsoft is in it's offering up mode and not pushing out the door mode (you can tell this in the USA as the update is offered up but not yet checked). 

I'll be starting my roll out this week and I'll let you know how it goes.

Heartbleed and other headlines

Hectic week this week between the Windows 8.1 issues and the Heartbleed - which is not a virus btw.

Up on the ASP kitchen project I've placed client facing communication you can use to help guide them.  If you have any questions - like I have had - please feel free to ask and we'll help to get clarity.

Windows 8.1 Update prevents interaction with WSUS 3.2 over SSL

KB2919355 issues being investigated/tracked:

Windows 8.1 Update prevents interaction with WSUS 3.2 over SSL - WSUS

Product Team Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs:

Impact of 8.1 update on 2012 R2 Essentials

A note from Joe Raby about the impact of 8.1 update on 2012 R2 Essentials:

So what about the lifecycle?

All future security and nonsecurity updates for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 require this update to be installed.

Windows 8.1 update just announced at the BUILD conference today is on MSDN/TechNet now, on Windows update on April 8th.  In the read me file from MSDN is states

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1 Update

Recommended Install Order
1.  KB2919442
2.  KB2919355
3.  KB2932046
4.  KB2937592
5.  KB2938439
6.  KB2949621

A servicing stack update is available for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2: March 2014:


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