System Center Service Pack 1 is generally available

Finally. Microsoft promise to customers that SP1 for System Center will be available “very early in 2013”. And 15th of January, SP1 is generally available. Smile

This service pack brings vey much new things but crucial is fully support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 OS

More information and download location can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/system-center/default.aspx.

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Deploying Windows XP SP3 without GPO and WSUS

If You are managing wide infrastructure of your organization You could be unpleasantly surprise that Windows XP SP3 is not deployed to every Windows XP machine.

For some reason WSUS is not an option and GPO is upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2 functionality. What You will do?

Using GPO is not an option because of too much configuration and lot of requested modification.

Using of logon script could be a point.

Requests is that you can deploy and install Windows XP SP3 without disturbing users.

At first we must create temporary user with administrative rights

After that we must download lsrunas tool. We will use it for passing the password. You can download it from here.

After that we will put Windows XP SP3 (WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU) in network share accessible for domain users.

Check that every user can see it.

Create .bat script with following parameters

lsrunas.exe /user:tempadmin /password:password /domain:domain /command:xpsp3.cmd /runpath:

Create .cmd script with parameters:

net use x: /delete /y (where x is logical name of ntw share where SP3 is)

net use x: \\server\share ( reconnect share)

x:

cd sp3 (where Sp3 is name of directory where .exe file is)

WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe /quiet /promptrestart

Job done.

You can use this switches:

[/help] [/quiet] [/passive] [/norestart] [/forcerestart] [/warnrestart] [/promptrestart] [/overwriteoem] [/nobackup] [/forceappsclose] [/integrate: ] [/d: ] [/log: ]
/help Displays this message
SETUP MODES
/quiet Quiet mode (no user interaction or display)
/passive Unattended mode (progress bar only)
RESTART OPTIONS
/norestart Do not restart when installation is complete
/forcerestart Restart after installation
/warnrestart[: ] Warn and restart automatically if required (default timeout 30 seconds)
/promptrestart Prompt if restart is required
SPECIAL OPTIONS
/overwriteoem Overwrite OEM files without prompting
/nobackup Do not backup files needed for uninstall
/forceappsclose Force other programs to close when the computer shuts down
/integrate: Integrate this software update into
/d: Back up files into
/log: Create log file at