Daily Archives: March 29, 2005

Securing MOM 2005

I had a question from Tony over the weekend (he must have had a busy time rolling out MOM!) and he was asking how some security questions.  They had 2 management groups which they planned to connect to the central group using the MOM to MOM product connector and MCF.  He was concerned about privileges of the MOM service and which security accounts needed access to which directories.

I had a search on the web, and found this useful guide which documents how to secure the MOM servers and agents which should keep the security team happy.

Good luck with the security meeting Tony!


Windows Server Update Services released to Web

So SUS has changed to US, and it’s now available to download.  Here’s some of the key features:

Microsoft is also announcing the official name – Windows Server Update Services, or Update Services for short, of the next version of Software Update Services (SUS).  Update Services is a corporate update management offering used by SMB and enterprise customers to update Microsoft software, and is available free of charge to customers of Windows Server (2000 and above).  The Release Candidate of Windows Server Update Services includes new features such as: 

· Replica mode for WS Update Services server hierarchies, making them easier to manage

· SSL connections between WS Update Services servers and clients, providing an even more secure end-to-end environment

·  Automatic Update policy to allow non-administrators to receive update notifications, offering greater flexibility in organizations where logged on users are commonly not administrators


How can you obtain the Windows Update Services RC, associated documentation, and tools?

· Go to this site:  

·Register and download the release

It is important to note the following regarding content support for your existing Beta 2 installation:

  • The last update to the beta Microsoft Update service was made on March 8th. As a result, Windows Update Services Beta 2 will no longer receive new updates. We encourage you to download the Release Candidate of Windows Server Update Services as soon as possible to continue receiving updates and testing the product.
  • Existing content on the beta Microsoft Update service will be available for server synchronization until April 22, 2005. After that date, that service will be decommissioned and Windows Update Services Beta 2 installations will not be able to receive any content.