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How to manually add a HotFix to WSUS
Posted by amy on 15 March 2013 09:49 AM

Recently a hotfix for Windows 7 that needs to go out to every Windows 7 computer has had many people scratching their heads at the annoyance of having to touch so many computers. A HotFix is something you click on a link and download to an individual machine one by one right? Not necessarily so. RMM tools can help. But if you don’t have those, why not use WSUS? Calvin McClennan reminds us how to manually add an update to WSUS.

Contents of this blog post from Calvin McClennan, Canadian Small Business Sever MVP. Learn more about Cal

In WSUS, click on the server name in left column, then Import Updates in right column.  A new IE session to the Update Catalog opens – enter the KB and click search…


Select the updates you want then click View Basket…


The import directly to WSUS should already be clicked, then click Import and wait for download to complete…


If download fails – redo (it happens).

The newly available update will show on the All Updates screen for you to select to install as normal after the respective client PC’s have had their update check done.


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Hangout: Hyper-V Replication for Small Business
Posted by amy on 01 October 2012 11:22 AM

We’re hosting a hangout to talk about Hyper-V Replication for Small Business with Boon Tee. Boon write a great series of blog posts which I shared in an early post on this blog. We’re hosting a hangout so you can ask Boon questions, live! We’ll talk about the technical aspects as well as how to talk to your small business clients about Hyper-V Replication. RSVP and please plan to join us! 

Hyper-V for Small Business Hangout

Thu, October 4, 6:00 PM EDT

Boon Tee wrote a great series of blog posts on using Windows 2012 Hyper-V replication for small business deployments. I think that this is a killer feature. Come Hangout with Boon and I to ask questions about deploying Hyper-V replication and how to approach this from a business perspective with your clients. Boon might even attempt a demo!

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Hyper-V Replication on a Small Biz Budget
Posted by amy on 28 September 2012 09:14 AM

Boon Tee, SBS MVP from Adelaide Australia, has posted a fantastic series of blog posts on implementing Hyper-V replication on a small business budget. It features the Hewlett Packard Micro Server, which is by far the most affordable fully featured server in the market.

Haven’t heard of Hyper-V replication yet? It’s a new feature of Hyper-V in Server 2012. Replication is a simple concept in which snapshots of your server are sent from where it is running to a second hyper-v residing somewhere else. That somewhere else could be in the same building, in a remote office or in a data center. The snapshots are incremental (small) so replication can occur as frequently as every 5 minutes. Meaning that you have a hot copy ready to take over very quickly in case of disaster.


Boon first writes a post on what you need to get setup.  It’s not complicated. You need a server capable of running Hyper-V at the replica site. It doesn’t have to be as powerful as the primary site since it will only be used in case of emergency. The point here is for it to be affordable and functional. You will also need an SSL certificate for each site.

There are a few scenarios available to you when you set up your hyper-v replica environment. The hyper-v servers can be in a workgroup or a domain. Each of these has different setup requirements. You can use the free Microsoft hyper-v server or you can use fully licensed product. This is both a cost and comfort decision.

If you really want to keep cost to the minimum, Boon writes another article where the replica site uses the free option and an HP Micro Server. In the USA this means you can get a full hyper-v replica site running for under $1000 including, hardware, software and SSL certificate! You just can beat that price for full server redundancy to a hot replica disaster recovery site.

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Hangout! Office 365 Security
Posted by amy on 11 September 2012 09:51 AM

Google+ hangout with Amy Babinchak, Susan Bradley, Robert Crane and Dana Epp on Office 365 security. Wednesday 8pm eastern.

I encourage you to come hangout too at You can watch the stream live via YouTube at that time, and can interact with us through questions on Twitter at the hashtag #askauthanvil.


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