ADM files for Windows Update

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by thejamie, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. thejamie

    thejamie Guest

    There is a link for ADM files for Server 2003 SP1 but there is not mention of
    SBS in the article
    I am having trouble with Windows Updates going very very very very slowly on
    the client machines in the network and was wondering if maybe I need
    waua.adm loaded into the group policies. I was also wondering if there may
    be an adm file that might help be allow msn messenger to run on my network.
    (still can't figure out how to do that one).
    thejamie, Jul 21, 2006
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  2. The ADM template would allow you to configure automatic updates on the
    workstations with group policy, saving you from having to do it manually at
    each desktop PC. It would not address the performance issue you're seeing.
    Are other Internet-related functions working slowly, or at normal speed?

    I would really urge you to install WSUS and use that for updating instead of
    Windows Update or Microsoft Update. Once you get it installed and
    configured, you can manage updating centrally from the WSUS console. You
    can have updates install at night while your office is closed, or background
    install during the day without interfering with the work being done on the

    Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started with Microsoft Windows Server Update
    Services on Windows Small Business Server 2003

    Messenger should run by default, so I'm not sure what your problem is with
    that, but it's not something that would be addressed by group policy unless
    you blocked it in group policy and now need to unblock it.

    Group Policy is simply a way to create settings in a Group Policy Object and
    have them applied to any users or PCs that are covered by the GPO. ADM
    templates are extensions to the built-in objects, to add the ability to
    control settings that are not controlled in group policy by default.
    Examples would be the one you cited, or various ones for the Office
    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Jul 21, 2006
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  3. thejamie

    thejamie Guest

    I assumed that ISA 2004 was blocking it. If I run the repair on the client,
    I receive a message that says all is well. Still MSN cannot access the
    internet. Somehow the port was closed. I haven't been able to figure out
    how to open it securely. Is there a default policy that is created when
    Premium ISA 2004 is installed that blocks the port?

    thejamie, Jul 21, 2006
  4. Do you have the ISA 2004 firewall client installed and enabled on the
    workstation? I'm logged into windows messenger right now - it's not blocked
    in ISA by default. I believe this would be enabled by the SBS Internet
    Access Rule, which by default is set to allow "all content types."

    It might be disabled in the client PC's Windows Firewall. There's an
    exception for Windows Messenger that needs to be enabled.

    Here's a TechNet article that will probably help (and it's not much longer
    than the Encyclopedia Britannica).

    Windows Messenger in Windows XP: Working With Firewalls and Network Address
    Translation Devices

    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Jul 21, 2006
  5. thejamie

    thejamie Guest

    Dunno. If I check the exception list in the client, the live msn as well as
    the older windows messenger is listed as an exception. It lists that the
    group policy for the messenger is "No". I did check the Access Rule for
    Internet Access and it is definitely setup to allow all content types.
    thejamie, Jul 21, 2006
  6. What happens when you try to use messenger?

    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Jul 21, 2006
  7. thejamie

    thejamie Guest

    I can't sign in. At that point, I am offered a wizard to check for why the
    ports are closed. It does its thing and asks if I would like to repair. I
    choose repair. That pretty much sums it up. I still cannot sign in.
    thejamie, Jul 21, 2006
  8. thejamie

    thejamie Guest

    Urrgh... dumb reason. The password policy caused the password to change and
    it wasn't changed in the connection options of the messenger.
    thejamie, Jul 21, 2006
  9. Glad you got it sorted. I hope you'll read over that WSUS doc in
    preparation for installing it. I have about 28 client PCs, and the WSUS
    install took me less time than one round visiting each of them to install
    patches. I now approve, install, and monitor everything from the WSUS
    console, and I'd estimate that I'm spending less than 20 minutes per month
    keeping all the MS apps patched on all the clients. (I do the servers with
    WSUS too, but not automatically).
    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Jul 21, 2006
  10. thejamie

    thejamie Guest

    That's a plan. Thanks for your help.
    thejamie, Jul 21, 2006
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