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Software Update Services Feature Pack

Updated: October 12, 2004

The SMS Software Update Services Feature Pack contains the following tools: the Security Update Inventory Tool, the Microsoft Office Inventory Tool for Updates, the Distribute Software Updates Wizard, and the Web Reports Add-in for Software Updates.

For detailed information about each tool, please refer to the table below and the resources listed at right, and be sure to read the Software Update Services Feature Pack deployment guide before registering and downloading.

New Security Update Inventory Tool

  • March 11, 2004 Release: English only

  • April 15, 2004 Release: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Japanese, and Korean

This release includes Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) version 1.2 that enables security update detection for the following items:

  • MDAC 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, and 2.8

  • Exchange Server 2003

  • Microsoft Virtual Machine

  • Microsoft XML (MSXML) 2.5, 2.6, 3.0, and 4.0

  • BizTalk® Server 2000, 2002, and 2004

  • Commerce Server 2000 and 2002

  • Content Management Server 2001 and 2002

  • Host Integration Server 2000, 2004, and SNA Server 4.0

This release does not include the full install of the Web Reports Tool. The Web Reports Tool is part of the Administration Feature Pack.

For more information about the capabilities of MBSA 1.2, see the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer V1.2 page. If your software updates are not detected by MBSA, follow the procedure on the Deploying Software Updates Using the SMS Software Distribution Feature page.

Localized Software Update Catalogs

Localized catalogs are available for French, German, and Japanese. These catalogs will allow the Distribute Software Update Wizard to automatically download language-specific updates.

Additionally, software update titles will be displayed in the localized language if the SMS site server language matches the client's language.

If you install the French, German, or Japanese version of the Software Update Services Feature Pack, it will, by default, download the English version and the selected language catalog. To enable additional languages, follow instructions in KB article 838403.

Display Issue when Using Localized Software Update Catalogs

Applicable to the Security Update Inventory Tool only: If your environment has clients whose language does not match the language of your site server, you must use localized catalogs to avoid manually downloading language-specific software updates. However, if the SMS Administrative Console language does not match the localized title of software updates, the SMS Administrative Console and Distribute Software Updates Wizard will not be able to display the localized titles of software updates. In this case, you must use the QNumber field to identify software updates.

Support for Previous Releases

Previous releases used MBSA version 1.1.1 for the Security Update Inventory Tool. April 15, 2004 will be the last update for the MBSA version 1.1.1 compatible catalog. Therefore, you must update to the latest version of the Security Update Inventory Tool to use the MBSA version 1.2 catalogs. If you do not upgrade by April 15, 2004, your catalogs will be out of date.

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Also Available for Download

The International Client Pack (ICP). The client pack allows you to see dialog box text in your native language during the software update installation process. This download contains only those additional Software Update Services Feature Pack files that are required on the client. It should be used with SMS sites that already use multiple SMS client languages and have SMS International Client Pack software installed. It does not contain the full Software Update Services Feature Pack release, which is required for their use.

You will be able to access the International-language versions of the Feature Pack and the ICP once you have completed the registration process.

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Feature Pack Contents

Security Update Inventory Tool
DescriptionThe Security Update Inventory Tool is used to create an inventory of applicable and installed security updates for each client computer. This data is included in the Systems Management Server inventory and a comprehensive view of the status is provided through the Web-based reporting capabilities. (This tool uses technology developed for Microsoft by Shavlik Technologies LLC.)
Features
  • Simple setup process configures the hierarchy for weekly scanning of all computers to identify security bulletin compliance levels

  • Automated task obtains the latest catalog of updates (no information is sent to Microsoft; only specific files documented in the Help files are downloaded)

  • Can be configured to report audit results during existing inventory schedules or in expedited fashion for more urgent auditing

System requirements
  • SMS 2.0 SP3 or later

  • Windows NT® 4.0 SP6a or later (SMS site server computers)

  • Windows NT 4.0 SP5 or later (SMS client computers)

  • Internet Explorer 5.01 or later (SMS client computers)

  • MSXML 3.0 SP2 or later (SMS client computers)

Microsoft Office Inventory Tool for Updates
DescriptionThe Microsoft Office Inventory Tool for Updates uses the Microsoft Office Update Tool and the Office Update Database to carry out automated, recurring scans of client computers for installed or applicable Office updates. This includes updates that address issues raised in Microsoft security bulletins. This data is converted to, and included in, the Systems Management Server inventory information and can also be viewed from a central point through the Web-based reporting tool.
Features
  • Simple setup process configures the hierarchy for weekly scanning of all computers to identify Office update compliance

  • Automated task obtains the latest catalog of updates (no information is sent to Microsoft; only specific files documented in the Help files are downloaded)

  • Can be configured to report audit results during existing inventory schedules or in expedited fashion for more urgent auditing

System requirements
  • SMS 2.0 SP3 or later

  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP6a or later (SMS site server computers)

  • Windows NT 4.0 SP5 or later (SMS client computers)

  • MSXML 3.0 SP2 or later(SMS client computers)

  • Windows® Installer (previously installed during Office installation)

Distribute Software Updates Wizard
DescriptionThe Distribute Software Updates Wizard evaluates software updates against missing and previously installed updates on targeted client computers. Only the necessary updates are installed while redundant or unnecessary updates are ignored or postponed which reduces system overhead.
Features
  • Analysis of update status for all enterprise clients based on security update information added to the inventory

  • Provides a method for reviewing and authorizing suggested updates

  • Downloads authorized updates (no information is sent to Microsoft; only specific files that are identified for the selected updates are downloaded)

  • Builds packages and advertisements tailored to each update or set of updates

  • Distributes the update advertisements to client computers in the enterprise using Systems Management Server software distribution features

  • Client-side evaluation installs only needed updates with a single system restart (makes an intelligent determination of restart conditions)

  • Workstation and servers supported with unattended features and conditional restart suppression

  • Installation of updates becomes required after a configurable amount of time (based on either the time the update was authorized or the time the update was first audited as applicable to the client)

  • Users can be shown customized text notifying them of corporate policy, urgency, and other matters

System requirements
  • SMS 2.0 SP3 or later

  • Windows NT 4.0 SP6a or later (SMS Administrator console computers)

  • Windows NT 4.0 SP4 or later (SMS client computers)

  • MSXML 3.0 SP2 or later

Web Reports Add-in for Software Updates
DescriptionThe Web Reports Add-In for Software Updates allows software update inventory information and reports to be viewed from the Web. In addition to the preconfigured reports available from the Web Reports Add-in, custom software update inventory reports can be created by using Microsoft SQL Server™ views and the software updates inventory schema.
Features
  • Enterprise Agreement license True-up Reporting has also been included to provide a simple and reliable way to report on installed applications

  • Ability to create custom reports and links to reports you need to share with others

  • Custom inventory reports can be created by using SQL Server views and the inventory schema

  • Tracks software update status for:

    • Individual updates

    • Individual computers

    • Groups of updates or computers

    • All updates or all computers in the enterprise

  • Includes reports on compliance rates of software updates

System requirements
  • MSXML 3.0 SP2 or later

  • Internet Information Services (IIS) 4.0 or later

  • Internet Explorer 5.01 or later (reporting client console)

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Download Instructions: Feature Pack

  1. Read the SUS Feature Pack Deployment Guide. Note that French, German, and Japanese translations of this document are included in the respective international-language download packages.

  2. For the English-language version, click the link at right and save the download to your computer. Use the drop-down menu below it for any of the international-language versions.

  3. Double-click the self-extracting executable file to open.

  4. Run the setup package based on the system requirements—some tools require only a Systems Management Server (SMS) Administrator console; some require the SMS site server computer (please refer to the deployment guide mentioned in Step 1 for detailed information about the system requirements for each tool).

  5. Follow the instructions presented by the setup wizard and review the release notes.

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Installation Instructions: Security Update Inventory Tool

The Security Update Inventory Tool has been updated. Install this updated version if you downloaded and installed the English version of the SMS Software Update Services Feature Pack before March 11, 2004, or any international-language version available before April 15, 2004. This current release includes Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) 1.2.

  1. Download and install the language version of the updated self-extracting executable file you need.

    • Match your SMS Software Update Services Feature Pack language version, with the language version of your site server.

    • For customers with clients of different language versions, you can simply edit your download.ini file to detect language appropriate updates. Follow instructions in KB article 838403.

  2. Run the updated Setup SecurityPatch program from the SMSSUSFP_BBB folder (where BBB is the three-letter language code).

For more information about the capabilities of MBSA 1.2, see the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer V1.2 page. If your software updates are not detected by MBSA, follow the procedure on the Deploying Software Updates Using the SMS Software Distribution Feature page.

Note: Setup detects and removes previous installations of the tool; however, you may allow Setup to skip the removal of the collections, packages, programs, and advertisements created by a previous installation of the tool. If you keep the existing SMS objects that you used during a previous deployment, Setup reuses these objects. Also note that if a previous deployment used customized settings, it is important you review the settings for the package, program, collections and advertisements to ensure they are appropriate for your environment. Though the settings Setup uses are reasonable default settings, they may not suit all environments.

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Download Instructions: International Client Pack

  1. Download and install the English-language version of the Feature Pack according to the steps listed above.

  2. Download and install the International Client Pack (ICP) on the SMS Administrator console computers where you have installed the Distribute Software Updates Wizard.

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Download

International Client Pack

Download

PatchWiz_icp.exe
646 KB

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