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Actually this problem is due to the control panel requiring Admin Privileges to allow the java control panel to save your settings (hasn't been fixed for ages, thanks to sun micro). First, you need to find the Java Control Panel executable, in one of the following locations: C:\Program Files\Java\jre[version]\bin\javacpl.exe or C:\Program Files ...


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You can disable the update using the registry key, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy\EnableJavaUpdate or if your using 64bit Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy\EnableJavaUpdate Set to 0 to disable this key. The advantage of this method is that it disables it for all users.


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Defaults The simplest method is to run a defaults command on the client Macs (easily pushed via Apple Remote Desktop): defaults write com.apple.SoftwareUpdate CatalogURL 'HTTP_URL_FOR_CATALOG' for a user. If you run it via sudo it will set it for whenever you use softwareupdate as root. The HTTP_URL_FOR_CATALOG has been changed with Mac OS X 10.6. If ...


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The WinSxS directory doesn't take up nearly the space reported by Explorer since it uses Hard Links to physical files, not actual files. Explorer just has issues reporting the size of hard links. This article on Disk Space (referenced here http://aspoc.net/archives/2008/11/20/winsxs-disk-space-and-windows-7/) has a great explanation on the WinSxS ...


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I was in the same boat as you. I had 5 brand new 2008 VMs and I was watching them steadily require more and more disk space over the last year. Let me illustrate with windrstat. Here's a screen capture of a brand new 2008 server: 3.8 GB winsxs directory Now here's a screen capture of a production 2008 server: 5.4GB winsxs directory Finally a screen ...


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Just remove the program from starting up in the registry - delete if from HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\CurrentVersion\Run


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In group policy for the server, navigate to: Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Windows Update->No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Update installation You can get to this by running "gpedit.msc" Reboot to apply changes.


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I install Adobe Reader via Group Policy and software assignment. I've been applying MSP-based patches to my Adobe Reader installation points and then instructing client computers to reinstall via the "Redeploy..." functionality in Group Policy. I don't particularly like doing things this way, but it's the least labor-intensive method I can see. This recent ...


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Download Autoruns (live.sysinternals.com/autoruns.exe) from Sysinternals / Microsoft, and uncheck "SunJavaUpdateSched" under the tab "Logon".


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15 GB won't cut it in my experience, especially if it's a 64 bit machine with some activity... Extending the VPS disk and then the system partition should be easy without having to re-install anything, however expensive it is. Offering less than 60GB system disk for a modern Windows Server VPS doesn't seem thought through in the first place even if ~30GB ...


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If it is possible you could try moving WinSXS to another partition as a workaround. To my knowledge there isn't any way to get rid of the contents of WinSXS. This cute little thingy is in the heart of Vista/Win2008 operation, so... I haven't heard anything better as moving it to another partition. Here's a link to a blog describing how to do it: Click I ...


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In order to have a system-wide configuration one has to run the following: sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate CatalogURL "http://your.updates-server.lan:8088/index.sucatalog" In order to correctly work both on Leopard and Snow Leopard the right command to issue is: defaults write ...


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There is a Microsoft Support article which addresses this error number: You may encounter temporary connection-related errors when you use Windows Update or Microsoft Update to install updates In most cases, these messages are temporary or short-lived issues that are caused by very slight interruptions in communications between the computer ...


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Adobe supply a tool to customise the MSI installation of Acrobat, the Adobe Customization Wizard. What we do is to deploy Acrobat/Reader through Group Policy, having first used this tool to customise the MSI to disable all updating, update prompts, etc. Having done this, we can roll out updated to Acrobat via GP as they're released. Sadly no, I don't know ...


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This article was very useful to me in deploying Adobe Acrobat Reader: Deploying Adobe Reader 9 for Windows. There are two sections which could be interesting for you. This one: What To Do About Adobe Updater Reader 9 continues to include the Adobe Updater application which has been updated to version 6. While I haven’t seen it misbehave for ...


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This is probably too late for you, and only based on Vista experience, but: Don't believe those who say 'its mostly hard links, so the folder isn't as large as it appears' - this is true, but if you ran out of disc space, it was too large. The only 'cure' ever suggested is to remove the applications that added the bloat to the folder - but there is no ...


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The DNS trick that Chealion points out is fantastic. I use it at our office, and every computer on our LAN will automatically pull the updates from the local repository at high speed without any configuration. Create the swscan.apple.com DNS zone on your internal DNS server, and have it resolve via an A record to your Mac OS X Server. On the ...


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If the main culprit is WindowsUpdate, then I would say your only alternative to buying more space or performing system file surgery is to limit the growth caused by Microsoft's trigger-happy updates. Since you primarily use a non-Microsoft application platform, you can probably do without 90-95% of the "imporant" updates being pushed down. Thus, what you ...


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You can accomplish this, and leaving updates installed waiting for a reboot does not leave the server in an inconsistent state. Updates that require a reboot are not applied until the reboot occurs. The settings to manage automatic updates are too numerous to list here, but you can manage them in a domain via Group Policy, or on stand-alone machines using ...


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right-click the update and select Hide Update


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The best solution that I am aware of is to turn off automatic updates. Then you schedule maintenance windows with your customers and apply the updates manually and do the reboot then make sure everything that you need is running after the reboot. Just stopping the reboots is a bad idea because that gives the impression that you are fully updated when you ...


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The problem turned out to be a missing SelftUpdate virtual directory in IIS. Recreating the virtual directory and pointing it to the appropriate files solved the issue.


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What about using SMS or the new System Center Configuration Manager? I can't afford to play with SCCM but from what I understand it is much easier to deploy / update software than SMS was. It might be worth looking into anyways. Ultimately I think the best solution is to toss out the idea of 'patching' update and do a remove/re-install with each new ...


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In Windows Server 2008 R2 you can use DISM to clean up WinSxS, of course you won't be able to roll back updates after you do this. Here's an explanation: http://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/glenn/how-to-reclaim-disk-space-in-your-windowswinsxs-directory-on-windows-server-2008-r2-sp1/ In summary, you need to run the following command as an administrator: ...


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I'm using (Microsoft) System Center Configuration Manager to do this + operating system installation (images).


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I do a lot of automation of just this kind of thing with my Customers. If you've got an Active Directory domain I'd recommend using Group Policy to execute startup scripts to update EXE-based products, and Software Installation Policy to update MSI-based products. It takes a bit of work, but you're trading your time for the cost of a licensed "application ...


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I came up with a really simple method for delivering software updates to all unmanaged macs on the network, with a minimal amount of hackery on a 10.7 lion server. make an A record in DNS as stated above, make sure swscan.apple.com is pointed at the IP for your server. add the correct entries for swcan.apple.com and swquery.apple.com to your servers ...


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Someone here mentioned a KACE appliance. I see them advertised on AppDeploy, and they look great. A co-worker, who worked for a large IT support staff for a public school system in one of America's biggest cities, relied on it and loved it. However, this is a small environment. That means money is probably tight. Active Directory, if properly organized, ...



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