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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Secunia integrates with SCCM and or WSUS to identify, prepare packages and deploy updates for any publicly available software. http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/corporate/wsus_sccm_3rd_third_party_patching/


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The Microsoft given System Requirements for Server 2008 are "Disk space: Minimum 32Gb or greater". http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/system-requirements.aspx Why do you think it can run comfortably in half that space?


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If WinDirStat and the OS itself (just lookung under My Computer) is reporting the same amount of space used, its irrlevant if its miscounting the sizes as hard links. If the OS thinks you are out of space -- YOU ARE OUT OF SPACE. I have this issue on a Storage Server 2008 and a DC (Server 2008). No other programs but Windows updates have been installed on ...


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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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In the end the solution was the following command: wsusutil configuressl update.company.com Replacing company.com with the host name referenced in the issued to field of the SSL certificate we self-issued. After an: iisreset /noforce And wsusutil checkhealth The following event was logged in the event log: Event Type: Information Event Source: ...


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There are several apps that do this to a limited degree. FileHippo Update Notifier CNet TechTracker (registration reqd) I use FileHippo which tracks most of the apps I use. None of these are really "enterprise" tools though, if you are looking to do this on a larger scale than just a handful of PCs, you're probably looking for something like Altiris, ...


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CentOS times out the screen by default on the console. That's normal. You shouldn't use enter as a means to wake it up, as it will put enter on the input buffer and the next time yum asks you for confirmation, you might be selecting a default option. I think CentOS has a mouse driver, so wiggling the mouse to wake up the screen is a better approach. ...


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A couple of suggestions: Where is your swap file? Setup a test machine with the same software to see if you can replicate the problem. This is definitely not normal, and the only thing I can think of is that something on that box is constantly modifying a DLL (or something like that) and so Windows is constantly making backups of it. 15GB is very much on ...



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