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    Update for the Systems Management Server 2003 R2 and Systems Management Server 2003 Service Pack 3 to Support Update Packages for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

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    This update adds support for update packages for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 using the Custom Updates Publishing Tool.
    • Version:

      02.50.4235.0103

      File Name:

      R2MSUSupportENU.exe

      Date Published:

      6/16/2008

      File Size:

      1.5 MB

        The Custom Updates Publishing Tool in SMS 2003 R2 and the Patchinstall in Systems Management Server 2003 SP3 clients do not support update packages for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, which are in Microsoft Update Standalone Package (.msu) format. Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 updates obtained from Microsoft Product Support or the Microsoft Download Center cannot be authored and published using the Custom Updates Publishing Tool.

        To resolve this problem this hotfix will update the publishingtool.dll (in the Custom Updates Publishing Tool) and the patchinstall.dll (in the SMS 2003 SP3 client) to provide support for update packages which are in .msu format.

        Feature Bullet Summary:
        • The Custom Updates Publishing Tool is updated to support the Microsoft Update Standalone Package (.msu) file type. The Microsoft Update Standalone Package (.msu) option will be available in the Installer Type drop-down box in the Create/Modify Update Wizard.
        • The following rules have been added as a saved rule and available when selecting Use existing rule when creating or modifying an update:
          • Windows XP SP3 Systems
          • Windows Vista Systems
          • Windows Vista SP1 Systems
          • Windows Server 2008 Systems
        • SMS 2003 SP3 client file patchinstall.dll is updated to support the .msu file type
    • Supported Operating System

      Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows XP Service Pack 3


        • Systems Management Server 2003 SP3

        • Systems Management Server 2003 R2


        1. Extract the following two files from R2MSUSupportENU.exe.

          • SMS2003R2--KB953592-X86-ENU.exe

          • SMS2003-SP3-KB953591-X86-ENU.exe



        2. Install SMS2003-SP3-KB953591-X86-ENU.exe on the site server. A package beginning with name “KB953591” will be created. Create an advertisement to distribute this hotfix (patchinstall.dll) to the appropriate collection of client computers.

        3. Run “SMS2003R2--KB953592-X86-ENU.exe /X” to retrieve the following file:

          • sms2003r2-cupt-kb953592-x86-enu.msp


        4. On the computer running the Custom Updates Publishing Tool, run the command;

          • sms2003r2-cupt-kb953592-x86-enu.msp


          to install the hotfix (publishingtool.dll)


        Four “existing rules” (see article KB953592) are added when you install the hotfix.
      • How to deploy an .msu Update:
        Deploying an update with the .msu file type is similar to deploying an update with the .exe file type, It is recommended that both “Create Basic rule” and “Use existing rule” are used in authoring the update. “Create Basic rule” can be used to test the file version of the updated files. The “expand” command can be used to extract the files from the update package to get the file version information. To do this, use the expand command to extract the .cab file from the .msu package, and then use the expand command again to extract the update files from the .cab file. The following examples show how to use the expand command on the .msu and .cab files:

        expand -F:* MSU_File_Name.msu c:\MSUFolder
        expand -F:* extracted_File_Name.cab c:\MSUFolder

        It is recommended that the new Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 rules are used to target the update to the appropriate client computers.

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