SBS 2008 / 2011 Windows Update Error 80072EFD Automatic Updates

Quick note: The client had removed WSUS from their SBS 2011 server – don’t ask!

When trying to  run Windows Update after removing WSUS from their SBS 2011 Server, our client received the following error in Windows Update: 80072EFD.

The 80072EFD error is a “network issue” error – ie, the server cannot find the update server.  This is obvious considering the client removed WSUS from their SBS 2011 Server but the uninstall of WSUS did not remove stale registry entries.

A quick look in the system registry found that the server was indeed pointing to itself for automatic updates – aha!

** BEFORE PROCEEDING, MAKE SURE TO BACKUP THE FOLLOWING KEY “HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate” **

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Java – Version 7 Update 25 upgrade issues

There has been a recent flurry of updates released by Oracle for their Java platform – the most recent one as of today’s date ( 20/06/2013 ) is Version 7 Update 25.

We began rolling Version 7 Update 25 update out yesterday and noticed a few glitches during install – the most obvious being the older versions of Java are not removed correctly.  This can and will cause issues with sites that require Java.

The easiest workaround is to remove the older versions of Java via Programs and Features – just make sure not to remove the latest version of Java during the process!



Using email to it’s maximum potential via Microsoft Exchange


Email should be easy.

Are you embarrassed to email prospective clients because you conduct business from a Yahoo! address?  Are you forever tied to a slow ISP because you don’t want to change your email address?

Does your computer download messages twice when you use your smartphone or iPad?  Why is it so complicated to share a calendar with your manager?   And where are your messages actually stored?

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