Image Preparation Utility: “Automatic Updates is currently turned on”

The purpose for this requirement is to make sure that Windows Updates do not creep into any of your app layers or published images. Windows Updates need to happen only in the OS layer. (Similarly, Office Updates need to happen only in the Office layer.) When you wish to update Windows, you need to re-enable the setting, do the updates, and then disable them again.

The installer specifically is looking at HKLMSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdateAU. It requires that the value for “NoAutoUpdate” is set to a 1. If you look in your registry and that value is not set, then you may think that you disabled windows updates, but you actually have not. That setting is the only one that will absolutely prevent any OS updates from taking place in Windows 10.

(For Windows 7, simply set the Windows Updates pull-down to Never.)

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Starting March 1, 2019, Bay Area Systems Will Begin Providing It Support Services on the Latest …

SAN FRANCISCO (PRWEB)February 23, 2019

Bay Area Systems, Inc. (http://www.BayAreaSystems.com), premier Information Technology (IT) consulting provider in San Francisco Bay Area, is on the forefront of providing cost-effective IT outsourcing solutions for small businesses.

Starting March 1, 2019, Bay Area Systems will begin providing IT support services on the latest Microsoft Server: Windows Server 2019. Through utilization of Microsoft Windows Server 2019’s native Hyper-V virtualization technology, Bay Area Systems helped deployed web server farms, clustered database servers, remote desktop workstations, and cloud computing platforms. When businesses need Virtual Private Network (VPN) access and remote desktop services; rather than adding individual workstations to be used for remote office desktop connection needs, virtual workstations offer the same experience with greater efficiency. Clients praise our virtual machine solutions that are space saving (often one server can serve the needs of 10 – 30 servers and/or workstations, reducing the need to have these physical machines scattered around in the office); energy saving in terms of electricity needs as well as cooling requirements; easy deployment – adding a server or workstation is much faster than having to order an additional machine, and often may not be of the same exact specification; fast recovery – by utilizing the cloning feature, essential virtual machines can be cloned and quickly replaced should a catastrophic software error occurred.

Microsoft Windows Server 2019’s Server Core App Compatibility feature on demand (FOD) significantly improves the app compatibility of the Windows Server Core installation option by including a subset of binaries and components from Windows Server with the Desktop Experience, without adding the Windows Server Desktop Experience graphical environment itself.

Windows Defender ATP Exploit Guard is a new set of host-intrusion prevention capabilities. The four components of Windows Defender Exploit Guard (Attack Surface Reduction (ASR), Network protection, Controlled folder access, Exploit protection) are designed to lock down the device against a wide variety of attack vectors and block behaviors commonly used in malware attacks, while enabling you to balance security risk and productivity requirements.

Microsoft Windows Server 2019’s Security with Software Defined Networking (SDN) delivers many features to increase cutstomer confidence in running workloads, either on-premises, or as a service provider in the cloud.

Windows Server 2019 also has a new Storage Migration Service that makes it easier to migrate servers to a newer version of Windows Server. It provides a graphical tool that inventories data on servers, transfers the data and configuration to newer servers, and then optionally moves the identities of the old servers to the new servers so that apps and users don’t have to change anything.

Hyper-V virtual server provides one of the most stable platforms for virtual machines, and the multitude of tools available making cloning, clustering and failover available to support critical business needs. The time it takes to restore a cloned Microsoft Exchange Server in Hyper-V could be as little as 2 hours, compared to having to rebuild a physical server, reinstall Operating Systems and Exchange Server, setup accounts, and can easily take 6 to 8 hours and thousands of dollars. In Windows Server 2019, you can now add NIC on the fly without taking down the server.

Bay Area Systems have fully tested and deployed Hyper-V solutions to solve customers’ growing needs of testing new Operating Systems as well as program upgrades. It is much more convenient, and cost-effective, to use a virtual machine to test system integration, software upgrades, patches, and new installations before deploying into the production environment. Efficient resource sharing and distribution in Hyper-V also ensure a much better performance for individual virtual machines than purchasing separate physical units.

The combination of cutting-edge, professional services of Bay Area Systems and production proven virtual machine solutions provided by Microsoft’s Windows Server 2019 will serve to deliver energy saving, cost-effective, cutting-edge, fast and complete services to Bay Area Systems customers.

Since 2002,Bay Area Systems has provided cost-effective computer systems and network support and services to small businesses all around the San Francisco Bay Area. Bay Area Systems LLC has become a pioneer in providing customized technology solutions that are efficient, cost-effective, and improve bottom line of small businesses. Bay Area Systems’ business model is based on their passion to provide the best customer service experience in the industry, and building long-term business relationship with their customers.

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KB4487011 and KB4487006 fix unresponsive app issues

Microsoft recently released Windows 10 cumulative updates KB4487006, KB4487011, KB4487021, and KB4487029 addressing non-security bugs in the operating system. The company aims to enhance the reliability of the OS with bug fixes, stability enhancement and quality improvements.

KB4487011 improvement and fixes

KB4487011 offers four major improvements and fixes that we’ll list below:

1. IE Fails To Load Images Bug Fix

The update addressed the problems related to loading images having a backslash () in their relative source path. The issue was reported in the previous releases.

2. Microsoft Access Bug Fix

The Microsoft Access bug was responsible for randomly stopping those apps that are using Microsoft Jet database along with the Microsoft Access 95 file format. Just like the previous issue, this bug was also reported in KB4487044.

3. Application Not Responding Bug Fix

This issue was reported by the users that the issue arose when the same input queue is used by its two threads.

4. Device Compatability Issue Fix

This fix addresses a bug that existed in the evaluation of the compatibility status of the entire ecosystem of Windows. It is done to ensure device and application compatibility for all Windows updates.

KB4487011 Known Issues

As of now, Microsoft has not acknowledged any known issues in the update. The blog post will be updated if the tech giant confirms any potential bugs.

KB4487006 Improvement & Fixes

Apart from the device compatibility and issues and Microsoft Access bug fix, the update comes along with a series of bug fixes. Some of the major features are discussed below.

1. Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Client Bug

The release of KB4487006 resolved a major issue that existed in the previous build. The users got black screen at the login in the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client application.

2. win32kfull.sys Reliability Issue

The update fixes a reliability issue with win32kfull.sys, that existed in the previous versions. The bug was initially introduced in KB4487026.

3. Microsoft Outlook “The operation failed” error

When a user tried to open the Microsoft Exchange Address Book, “The operation failed” used to appear. The issue was introduced after the installation of KB4457127 on Active Directory domain controllers.

KB4487006 Known Issues

1. Startup Issues in Specific Laptops

Specific Lenovo and Fujitsu laptops that currently have less than 8 GB RAM may face startup issues. The bug is created as a result of KB4467691installation.

One of the easiest ways to resolve the issue is restarting your machine with the help of Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). Make sure to disable Secure Boot before restarting the device.

2. Cluster Service Start Fail

If the “Minimum Password Length” of the group policy uses more than 14 characters then the users can face cluster service start fail error. The following error message is displayed to the user “2245 (NERR_PasswordTooShort)”. The installation of KB4467684 triggers the error.

Microsoft is currently working to resolve the issue and the workaround is expected to be available in the coming weeks. Till now the company suggests the users to set the default minimum password length policy to equals to or less than 14 characters.

3. IE 11 Authentication Issues

Some authentication issues are reported in Internet Explorer 11 right after the installation of IE11. As soon as the same account is used by two or more users for various concurrent login sessions on the same Windows Server machine.

Microsoft recommends the users to create unique user accounts. Moreover, multiple RDP sessions should be disabled for each user account.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) fails to manage the logical switches that have been deployed on the host that is managed by SCVMM. Also, a stop error is raised in vfpext.sysif you fail to follow the best practices.

A quick workaround is to access the affected host machine to run mofcomp files for running two mof files named as Scvmmswitchportsettings.mof and VMMDHCPSvr.mof. Microsoft recommends that users can avoid a stop error by following the best practices.

Download KB4487011/KB4487006 for Windows 10

The KB4487011/KB4487006 patch can be automatically downloaded through the Settings menu. If you have not yet received the update you need to open the Settings menu by pressing Win+I. Now you need to navigate to Update & Security >>Windows Update >> Check for updates.

You can enhance the consistency of the update process by installing the latest servicing stack update (SSU) just before installing the LCU KB4487011.

Microsoft has followed its tradition to specify third Tuesday of the month for the release of the non-security cumulative update. Although these updates are termed as non-security, it is yet not clear that either security components are included in the update or not. 

Comment down below if you have faced any pre and post-installation issues while installing KB4487011 and KB4487006.

VxRail: PTAgent upgrade failure, ESXi error “Can not delete non-empty group: dellptagent”[3]

Article Number: 516314 Article Version: 6 Article Type: Break Fix



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VxRail upgrade process fails when upgrading PTAgent from older version 1.4 (and below) to newer 1.6 (and above).

Error message

[LiveInstallationError]

Error in running [‘/etc/init.d/DellPTAgent’, ‘start’, ‘upgrade’]:

Return code: 1

Output: ERROR: ld.so: object ‘/lib/libMallocArenaFix.so’ from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored.

ERROR: ld.so: object ‘/lib/libMallocArenaFix.so’ from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored.

ERROR: ld.so: object ‘/lib/libMallocArenaFix.so’ from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored.

Errors:

Can not delete non-empty group: dellptagent

It is not safe to continue. Please reboot the host immediately to discard the unfinished update.

Please refer to the log file for more details.

Dell ptAgent upgrade failed on target: <hostname> failed due to Bad script return code:1

PTAgent can’t be removed without ESXi asking for a reboot, due to earlier version of PTAgent (lower than 1.6) had problem dealing with process signals, ESXi is unable to stop it no matter what signal is sent or what method is attempted to kill the process. Rebooting ESXi si required to kill the defunct process so the upgrade can proceed.

PTAgent 1.6 (and above) had this issue fixed, but upgrading from 1.4 to 1.6 can’t be done without human intervene once the issue is encountered.


Impacted VxRail versions (Dell platform only):

  • 4.0.x: VxRail 4.0.310 and below
  • 4.5.x: VxRail 4.5.101 and below

This issue is fixed in recent VxRail releases, but upgrade from earlier VxRail releases are greatly impacted. It’s strongly suggested customer to contact Dell EMC Technical Support to upgrade to PTAgent 1.7-4 which is included in below VxRail releases:

  • VxRail 4.0.500 for customer who stays on vSphere 6.0
  • VxRail 4.5.211 or above for customers who choose vSphere 6.5

Manual workaround if experiencing the PTAgent upgrade failure

  • Enter maintenance mode and reboot the host mentioned in error message
  • Wait until the host is available and showing proper state in vCenter, click retry button in VxRail Manager to retry upgrade.

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Windows 10 updates KB4487029, KB4487021, KB4487011 and KB4487006 released

Microsoft released several cumulative updates for different Windows 10 versions on February 19, 2019. The cumulative updates KB4487029, KB4487021, KB4487011 and KB4487006 update Windows 10 version 1803, 1709, 1703 and 1607 but not the current version 1809.

Only the Enterprise editions of Windows 10 version 1607 and 1703 are supported. Home and Pro editions of these versions of Windows 10 are no longer supported; in other words: you need to upgrade the operating system to a supported version to receive continued support with updates.

Note: These are not security updates; they fix stability and other issues only. It is recommended that you back up your system before you install the updates or wait if you are not affected by any of the listed issues.

And Windows 10 version 1809? Microsoft pushes cumulative updates for the current version of Windows 10 to the Release Preview ring first before release. It is likely that an update will be released in the coming days / week.

KB4487029 for Windows 10 version 1803

KB4487029

Windows 10 version 1803 is the most used edition of Windows 10. Microsoft launched Windows 10 version 1809 last year but bugsforced the company to stop the distribution of the operating system for weeks.

The update increases the build of the operating system to 17134.619. The following changes are listed in the changelog:

  • Media Content can play e-learning content with USB adapter cables on Microsoft Edge.
  • Windows ActiveX content in iframes scrolls with other content in Internet Explorer 11.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Registry keys that are app-specific to be deleted after updates.
  • Time Zone information for Chile updated.
  • Fixed an audio compatibility issue of games with 3D Spatial Audio modes.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from pinning web links to Start or the Taskbar.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the lockscreen image from updating.
  • Improved the performance of case-sensitive string comparison functions.
  • Fixed an compatibility status evaluating issue.
  • Improved the reliability of the UE-VAppmonitor.
  • Fixed a user hive updating issue.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed protected files (by Windows Information Protection) to be transferred using Bluetooth.
  • Fixed an issue with Internet Explorer proxy settings that caused the initial logon to stop responding.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the deletion of wireless network profiles.
  • Addressed the cause for error “STOP 0x1A”.
  • Fixed a Timeline issue that caused File Explorer to stop working.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Photos app to stop working when used from within the Mail app.
  • Fixed a PLMDebug.exe tool issue that caused the losing of debug sessions.
  • Improved AOVPN (Always On VPN) reconnect and disconnect functionality.
  • Further Japanese era name issue fixues.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Internet Explorer to skip loading images that have a backslash character in their relative source path.
  • Fixed an issue that caused applications that use Microsoft Jet Databases with Microsoft Access 95 formats to stop working.

You can download the update manually from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

KB4487021 for Windows 10 version 1709

KB4487021

The update includes some of the fixes found in the update for Windows 10 version 1803 but not all of them. It does include some fixes that are not included in the update for version 1803.

The update increases the build to 16299.1004.

The changelog lists the following fixes and improvements:

  • Time Zone information for Chile updated.
  • Improved the performance of case-sensitive string comparison functions.
  • Fixed an compatibility status evaluating issue.
  • Improved the reliability of the UE-VAppmonitor.
  • Fixed a user hive updating issue.
  • New Group Policy called “Policy Details” that disconnects any wireless connections immediately when a wired connection is detected and “Minimize simultaneous connections” is configured.
  • Additional Japanese era date and format fixes.
  • Fixed the Internet Explorer not loading images with backslash characters in path issue.
  • Fixed an issue that caused applications that use Microsoft Jet Databases with Microsoft Access 95 formats to stop working.

You can download the update manually from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

KB4487011 for Windows 10 version 1703

KB4487011

The update is only for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions. The update brings the build to version 15063.1659.

It includes the same updates as KB4487021 with the exception of the following exclusive additions:

  • Fixed an issue that caused programs to stop responding if its threads share the same input queue.
  • Addressed an issue with a rooted pointer to an item identifier list (PIDL) in File Explorer

The update is available on the Microsoft Update Catalog website as a manual download.

KB4487006 for Windows 10 version 1607 and Windows Server 2016

KB4487006

The update bring the version of the operating system to 14393.2828. It is only available to Enterprise and Education editions.

The changelog lists the following improvements:

  • Chile Time Zone information update.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Remote Desktop Protocol client applications to display a black screen on login.
  • Improved the performance of case-sensitive string comparison functions.
  • Fixed an compatibility status evaluating issue.
  • Improved the reliability of the UE-VAppmonitor.
  • Fixed a user name display issue in the Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) servers.
  • Addressed an issue that caused updates to a relying party trust to fail when using PowerShell or the Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) management console.
  • Fixed an issue that caused “specific error message for external complexity password changes” to display.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Microsoft Outlook to throw the error “The Operation Failed” when viewing Microsoft Exchange address books.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the enabling of Storage Maintenance Mode.
  • Fixed a server stop working error when handling a compound client request that includes a rename.
  • Fixed error 0x165 when pausing a node and taking it down for maintenance.
  • Fixed a cause for Stop 24 error on a virtual Remote Desktop Service server.
  • Fixed an issue with Japanese era names.
  • Fixed a reliability issue with win32kfull.sys.
  • Fixed the Internet Explorer not loading images with backslash characters in path issue.
  • Fixed the Microsoft Jet database access issue.

Microsoft lists three known issues, all known already:

  1. For hosts managed by System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), SCVMM cannot enumerate and manage logical switches deployed on the host after installing the update.
  2. After installing KB4467691, Windows may fail to start on certain Lenovo and Fujitsu laptops that have less than 8 GB of RAM.
  3. After installing KB4467684, the cluster service may fail to start with the error “2245 (NERR_PasswordTooShort)” if the group policy “Minimum Password Length” is configured with greater than 14 characters.

The update can be downloaded manually from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

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Windows 10 updates KB4487029, KB4487021, KB4487011 and KB4487006 released
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Open Enterprise Server 2018 SP1 – Now Available!

Nick Scholz

Micro Focus is pleased to announce the availability of Open Enterprise Server 2018 Service Pack 1, which includes plenty of exciting features and enhancements. Open Enterprise Server 2018 SP1 Highlights include: CIFS Performance/Specification Compliance – Folder Redirection allows users to redirect the path of a known folder to NSS AD network file share. Users can then …

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