Windows Tips & Tricks UPDATE, May 9, 2005, —brought to you by the Windows IT Pro Network and the Windows 2000 FAQ site
Make sure your copy of Windows Tips & Tricks UPDATE isn't mistakenly blocked by antispam software! Be sure to add [email protected] to your list of allowed senders and contacts.
This email newsletter comes to you free and is supported by the following advertisers, which offer products and services in which you might be interested. Please take a moment to visit these advertisers' Web sites and show your support for Windows Tips & Tricks UPDATE.
Download a Tool that will Benefit any Sys Admin
"THE ARGENT GUARDIAN EASILY BEATS OUT MOM IN ALL OUR TESTS"
Sponsor: Download a Tool that will Benefit any Sys Admin
Are you searching for an affordable real-time monitoring toolset that will support your proactive system management objectives? Start NOW and download ELM Enterprise Manager from TNT Software. Within an hour, you will experience for yourself why ELM is recognized as the tool that will benefit any System Administrator. Before the 30 Day
full feature trial is completed, the Monitoring, Alerting and Reporting will have saved you time and provided you the data for prompt corrective action. Be Proactive; and download ELM Enterprise Manager from the link below:
- Q. How can I install the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Inventory Tool for Dell Update?
- Q. How can I create a Microsoft Office 2003 installation source that has an integrated service pack and hotfixes?
- Q. I use Active Directory (AD) sites as my Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) site boundaries. Why can't my SMS OS Deployment Pack clients can't find a distribution point?
- Q. What's the new /NoExecute switch that's added to the boot.ini file after you update a machine to Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows XP SP2?
- Q. How can I check whether I have Windows Server 2003 Release 2 (R2) installed?
by John Savill, FAQ Editor, [email protected]
In this issue, I tell you how to install the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Inventory Tool for Dell Update and how to create a Microsoft Office 2003 installation source that has an integrated service pack and hotfixes. I also explain why SMS OS Deployment Feature Pack clients can't find a distribution point if you use Active Directory (AD) sites as your SMS site boundaries. Finally, I tell you about the new /NoExecute switch that's added to the boot.ini file after you update a machine to Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows XP SP2 and how to determine whether Windows 2003 Release 2 (R2) is installed on a machine?
Sponsor: NETWORK TESTING LABS COMPARES ARGENT TO MOM 2005
Network Testing Labs, one of the world's leading independent research
companies, concluded that "Argent's suite had a smaller footprint, was more scalable, supported more platforms, had a more responsive and intuitive user interface and gave us more useful reports," the report says. "Argent's suite of monitoring products emerged from our testing with flying colors."
Download this FREE Comparison Paper now:
Q. How can I install the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Inventory Tool for Dell Update?
A. In partnership with Dell, Microsoft has released an inventory tool that scans and updates Dell-brand machines. You can download the tool at http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/downloads/2003/tools/dellupdates.asp . After downloading the file, open it to extract the installation files, then install the tool by performing these steps:
- Execute the extracted smsitdu.msi file.
- Click Next at the welcome page of the Microsoft SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Dell Updates Setup Wizard.
- Accept the license agreement and click Next.
- Accept the default destination installation folder (or select a new location by clicking the Browse button). Click Next.
- Select whether to automatically download the additional components or to manually download them. If possible, leave the default automatic download setting and click Next. If you need to manually download the files, refer to the instructions at http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/downloads/2003/tools/dellupdatescomponents.asp .
- Select the name for the updates and how you want to distribute them, then enter the name of a test machine (a Dell machine), as the figure shows. Click Next.
- Select the server to connect to for up-to-date Dell information (e.g., the SMS server), select to automatically download, and click Next.
- Click Next to begin the installation and to create the utilities and collections. If you run Windows Firewall, you might be prompted to unblock the utility. Click Unblock, as the figure shows.
- The manifest for the Dell updates might take as long as 10 minutes to process, so be patient. Click Finish after the process is done.
Q. How can I create a Microsoft Office 2003 installation source that has an integrated service pack and hotfixes?
A. You can create an Office 2003 installation source that has an integrated service pack (in this case, Service Pack 1--SP1) and hotfixes to avoid having to manually install the updates later. Ideally, you should perform this process on an administrative Office 2003 installation so that you don't have to enter product keys or other information. First, download the latest Office service pack at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9C51D3A6-7CB1-4F61-837E-5F938254FC47&displaylang=en . Then extract the service pack to a temporary location (e.g., D:\temp\office2003sp1) by executing the following command:
D:\temp\Office2003SP1-kb842532-fullfile-enu.exe /t:d:\temp\office2003sp1 /c(The commands wrap to several lines here because of space constraints, but you should enter each command on one line.) Click Yes to accept the license agreement. You can now patch the core Office component by executing this command:
D:\temp\office2003sp1>msiexec /p d:\temp\office2003sp1\MAINSP1ff.msp /a "D:\Software\Microsoft Office 2003 Admin\PRO11.MSI" shortfilenames=true /qbNext, patch the Office Web Components by running this command:
D:\temp\office2003sp1>msiexec /p d:\temp\office2003sp1\owc11SP1ff.msp /a "D:\Software\Microsoft Office 2003 Admin\OWC11.MSI" shortfilenames=true /qbThe Office 2003 installation source is now integrated with SP1. It's also possible to integrate hotfixes. For example, you can download the Update for Office 2003 (KB885828) at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=160FB267-810B-4B40-BC34-E55E25D07A7E&displaylang=en . Then extract the files by running this command:
D:\temp\office2003-kb885828-fullfile-enu.exe /c /t:d:temp\office2003tagpatchAgain, click Yes to accept the license agreement. You can now integrate the hotfix into your Office installation source. To do so, run this command:
msiexec /p d:\temp\office2003tagpatch\MSOff.msp /a "d:\Software\Microsoft Office 2003 Admin\PRO11.MSI" shortfilenames=true /qbThe Office installation now has the integrated hotfix.
Q. I use Active Directory (AD) sites as my Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) site boundaries. Why can't my SMS OS Deployment Pack clients can't find a distribution point?
A. SMS 2003 lets you define sites in terms of IP subnets or AD sites. If you define your SMS boundaries by using AD sites instead of subnets, you might receive an error message that says a distribution point for the OS package couldn't be found. The reason you receive this error is that the OS Deployment Feature Pack installation process can't query AD to find the site for the client. Therefore, the client doesn't fall within the boundary of an SMS site and can't access distribution points (which are restricted to clients in designated SMS sites). A workaround is to use IP subnets for your SMS boundaries or to install the hotfix that's included in the OS Deployment Feature Pack (but isn't automatically installed). The hotfix is the file sms2003-sp1-kb888311-x86-enu.exe.
Q. What's the new /NoExecute switch that's added to the boot.ini file after you update a machine to Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows XP SP2?
A. The /NoExecute switch relates to the new data execution prevention (DEP) technologies that Microsoft introduced in Windows 2003 SP1 and Windows XP SP2. DEP technologies help stop malicious code from accessing data pages. Two types of DEP technologies exist: software-enforced and hardware-enforced. The table at http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/images/tableNoExecute shows the four parameters you can use with the /NoExecute switch.
Q. How can I check whether I have Windows Server 2003 Release 2 (R2) installed?
A. To confirm whether you have Windows 2003 R2 installed, check for the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\R2Setup registry subkey. You'll also see a R2BuildNumber value that indicates the exact build of the R2 release.
Hot Release (advertisement)
Over a decade ago the Department of Defense (DoD) released a statement saying, "Hack your network, or the hackers will do it for you. Up until that point, the value of vulnerability scanning and penetration testing was questionable. Today, vulnerability-scanning hackers, Internet-traveling worms, and roving bots are common. This free white paper will discuss how to identify and fix vulnerabilities, discover and use vulnerability assessment tools, evaluate your security investment and more. Download your free copy now!
Events and Resources
(A complete Web and live events directory brought to you by Windows IT Pro: http://www.windowsitpro.com/events )
Managing storage growth, providing application resiliency, and handling small errors and problems before they grow are all important aspects of boosting your Exchange uptime. In this free Web seminar, discover how storage and application management techniques for Exchange can be used to improve the resiliency and performance of your Exchange infrastructure. Register now!
In this free Web seminar, join industry expert Dan Holme as he explores options for implementing and managing WSUS and other automated solutions in your organization. You'll learn how WSUS makes it easy to keep Windows systems and Microsoft applications up-to-date with patches, security rollups, drivers, and updates. Plus, you'll discover alternatives to manage the deployment and patching of non-Microsoft software.
Get the facts about migrating to SQL Server 2005. SQL Server experts will present real-world information about administration, development, and business intelligence to help you implement a best-practices migration to SQL Server 2005 and improve your database computing environment. Attend and receive a 1-year membership to PASS and 1-year subscription to SQL Server Magazine. Register now!
Managing desktop software configurations is a manual process, resulting in unplanned costs, deployment delays, and client confusion. In this free Web seminar, find out how you can meet software-package-preparation requirements and increase your desktop reliability, user satisfaction, and IT cost effectiveness. You'll learn about the new application process, issue management during package preparation, historical recording and reporting, and more.
Follow along as industry guru Roger Grimes puts IIS 6.0 to the test. The first hacker to succeed will win an xBox.
Featured White Paper
(from Windows IT Pro and its partners)
Unfortunately, fragmented appliance-based and software-based antispam solutions operating inside the email gateway can't prevent a potentially devastating impact on your email system and users. In this free white paper, learn how you can protect your email boundary and stop attacks with a multilayered approach that effectively prevents the perfect storm from ever reaching your email gateway. Download your copy now!
(from Windows IT Pro and its partners)
With SQL Server 2005 right around the corner, it's important to note that SQL Server Magazine is on target to deliver comprehensive coverage of all betas of the new product and the final release. If you aren't already a subscriber, now is the time to subscribe. Act now and save 47% off the cover price, plus get the new Reporting Services poster.
MCP Hall of Fame? Get the fame you deserve by nominating yourself or a peer to become a part of this influential community of certified professionals. You could win a VIP trip to Microsoft and other valuable prizes. Enter now--it's easy:
Convert MS Access into a Web application for multiple users. Download now!
Here's how to reach us with your comments and questions:
- About the newsletter — [email protected]
- About technical questions — http://www.windowsitpro.com/forums
- About product news — [email protected]
- About your subscription — [email protected]
- About sponsoring UPDATE — [email protected]
This email newsletter is brought to you by Windows IT Pro,
the leading publication for IT professionals deploying Windows and
related technologies. Subscribe today.