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Friday, June 29, 2007

Script for Windows updates remote installation


if you are using WSUS for workstations it is more or less easy, you set GPO to automatically download and install. Then you approve/reject updates in WSUS console. However for server it's better to setup automatically download. The installation itself should be manual. To automate the manual patch installation use this script:

Put this script on the file share, together with follwing cmd

c:\windows\system32\cscript.exe \\server\UpdateHF\updatehf.vbs action:install mode:silent restart:1

Then you can use GUI for psexec or LANGuard Network Security Scanner or other tools to run this command remotely.

Monday, June 25, 2007

HP Version control agent bug

HP VCA shows drivers with old version, but can not install new ones. For example in my HP DL360G4 it was showing "HP ProLiant Smart Array SAS/SATA Controller Driver for Windows Server 2003" version, but when I try to install update to version, the system would tell that
"The software will not be installed on this system because the required
hardware is not present in the system or the software/firmware doesn't
apply to this system."

Workaround is to rename folder Discovery in C:\hp\hpsmh\data\cgi-bin\vcagent.

I believe definitive solution will come with VCA patch soon.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sharepoint HTTP compression

as you know, you can enable IIS compresion to improve Sharepoint performance over WAN (

However, when you open documents from Sharepoint using Office (Excel or Word), then compression does not work. It looks like it's because Windows WebDav client does not support header "Accept-Encoding:"(gzip or deflate). Without this header compression will not work.