Posts Tagged ‘Patch


becareful what it may do to you.

I’ve released M$ Office 2003 SP3 to the environment today. Reason was that I had to roll KB947674 which requires Office SP3.

Warning to others and myself. Office SP3 replaces some file extension (what I notices was TIF/TIFF has been replaced by Windows Fax Viewer not Office Document Imaging.)

Oh not least and not last. M$ word SP3 has new so-called protection that prevents users from opening “OLD” style document (eg WORD 1.0)

No one probably uses WORD 1.0 but when backend subsystem is using Office automation to create/manage document with WORD 1.0 format, it wasnt funny. (fix was to deploy reg key using new ADM file released by M$. )

<sarcasm>Thanks M$, you made my day.. again…</sarcasm>


Give me more sun light!

Day Light Saving will be starting from 4th of OCT 2008 for Sydney.

well if DLS changes are same as few years ago, as a system administrator, there is nothing to fear. Usually OS will have DLS built in to it which can cater for the change and implement the change in time.

Problem and my rant of the day is that Australian government (state governments in this case), cant make up the minds and started to release several changes in recent year.

For people like me who deals with Outlook/Exchange/Citrix is that missing patch(change) leads directly to incorrect MEETING time in he calendar for Outlook. Most annoying change l remember was for common wealth game TIMEZONE patch released by M$. Instead of implementing CHANGE to DLS schedule, M$ has decided to release WHOLE NEW timezone and as a result lot of meetings and schedule were thrown off. (I dont blame M$ for this case as they werent given enough time to plan it or release it, patch was more like HACK job which had to be released because of government…)

This year, its even worth… now the DLS start date has been changed (for sydney its 5th OCT 2008) from end of OCT to early OCT.

so missing patch could lead to incorrect calendar for almost three weeks..

well enough rant on M$ Windows and Apps, I didnt know how LINUX handled the DLS.  Below are some quick notes

1 timezone is handled by the file on Fedora Core, its on /etc/localtime
2 yum update/install tzdata will download “updated” timezone info with DLS.
3 tzselect will help change timezone if required
4 zdump -v /etc/localtime, will display timezone with DLS info for /etc/localtime file.

I knew timezone file had something but i never knew zdump was the tool to be used.

ZDUMP(8)                  Linux System Administration                 ZDUMP(8)

zdump – time zone dumper

ok… i wonder why this tool is named zdump instead of tzdump… no wonder I was not able to find it by name..


Summer Time~~? (Day Light Saving)

My Outlook calendar shows different time!!

Oh,  its that time of the year eh?
I dont know about you, but it has been a heck of a ride for AUS based system admins/engineers for past few years. I must say, I HATE politicians, especially when they keep making DLS related changes in States, Australia wide, etc etc, we engineers must be running around patching “updated” version of the DLS patch.  You miss one then you get a call like one in above with threat to management or how crap we’re doing. “sigh”

Fortunately, I dont know about others, but I cant imagine people maintain “desktops” gee that would be a hassle for sure. (I do server only that means less number of patch maintenance than desktops)

If you havent updated or need to update your summer time patch on MS windows based server, I think you should check here

Now I need to go check 100+ servers before summer time kicks in. <sarcasm>YAY!</sarcasm>