System Center 2012 R2 Release Date October 18, 2013

The title says it all.  We finally have a release date for System Center 2012 R2 (and also Win 8.1). 

Here’s a good link via WindowsITPro that highlights some of the new features of R2

It’s quite a bit of reading, and much doesn’t apply to me.  I didn’t see anything earth shattering – but its worth an hours read.


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The countdown: Less Than One Year for XP End of Support!

During MMS 2013 – a theme was reiterated over and over… we’re now down to 1 year of XP support. 

Microsoft will end Extended Support on April 8, 2014.

If you are a Windows 7 migration engineer – that means you will be very busy in the next 12 months converting remaining systems to Windows 7. 

Here’s a few key points from a Microsoft blog that I saw last week at MMS 2013.


  • On April 8, 2014, we will end the extended support for our commercial customers and we will no longer provide security updates for commercial or consumer customers.
  • Simply, it means you should take action to move off of Windows XP. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as:
    • Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.
    • Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support: Back in 2011, many independent software vendors (ISVs) were already unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP.

Yes, that’s correct.  NO NEW SECURITY PATCHES AFTER APRIL 2014

Talk about a hackers paradise!

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Problem Microsoft Security Patch MS13-036

Well, I am back from MMS 2013 just in time to remediate an April Microsoft security patch that’s caused mutiple problems.  The symptons are systems basically failing to boot after loading the patch to random applications not opening and/or crashing.

Right now it looks like Microsoft has pulled the patch until a fix is completed.  In the meantime – you’ll want to disable or remove this patch from SCCM or your software distribution product. 

Here’s the details

Removal Steps for Windows 7

Although the problem only seems to affect Windows 7 – its also available for XP.  Not sure if XP is affected or not. 


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IE Crashing with error Faulting module path: C:\windows\syswow64\msvcrt.dll

Ran across a very strange instance today with Windows 7 64 Bit and IE9.

When opening IE9 on a fresh image – it would immediately crash and try to restart.  It would loop a few times and eventually just display a blank IE screen.

The event log shows this error:

Faulting module path: C:\windows\syswow64\msvcrt.dll




Here’s the quick fix.  After IE bombs a few times and sits broken, go to Tools – Internet Options – Advanced Tab –

Check the following option on top “Use software rendering instead of GPU redering”



Restart IE9 and that should fix it.  If not, you most likely have larger issues in your image.


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Enterprise hotfix rollup is available for Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP1

Some good news in the OSD world – Microsoft has released a 90 patch Windows 7 SP1 rollup update.  This should save some time in deployments if added to your image process.  Some of the things updated are:  From

This hotfix rollup includes the following improvements:

  • Improves the Windows Client Remote File System components. These components include the following:
    • Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV)
    • DFSN client
    • Folder Redirection
    • Offline Files and Folders (CSC)
    • SMB client
    • Redirected Drive Buffering Subsystem (RDB)
    • Multiple UNC Provider (MUP)

Also found a good article on rolling this out with SCCM 2012.


Not sure if this is available for SCCM 2007 yet – looking into it.

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New out of band Microsoft patch for January 2013?

On December 29,  a new zero day vulnerability was announced that exploited IE 6, 7, and 8.  While Windows 7 machines should be safe (unless they’ve downgraded to IE 8) , almost all XP machines will be vulnerable.

Microsoft released a “fix it” tool today that can immediately patch the system.  No word on an out of band patch yet – but it’s definitely possible.



CNET article

Official Microsoft release

I’ll update the post as new information becomes available…..


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