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Updated Skype needs to be put in WSUS

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  • Skype is only very occasionally put into the Microsoft Update Catalog to be available to WSUS. I'm not sure why. Right now, the latest version there is 6.11, which is not even close to current.

    I bring this up because versions older than 6.14 soon won't work.

    Before this unknown cutoff date actually happens, can we maybe get the current version made available to WSUS?

    Thursday, July 17, 2014 3:55 PM

Answers

  • Skype is only very occasionally put into the Microsoft Update Catalog to be available to WSUS.

    Actually Skype updates have not been in the WSUS catalog for eons; and the first two that were published were severely broken. Skype now has a built-in autoupdater.

    If you wish to centrally manage Skype updates, you'll need a third-party product/catalog that provides Skype updates (read: Secunia CSI or SolarWinds Patch Manager).


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence%20R%20Garvin-32101
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    Monday, July 21, 2014 2:09 AM

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  • Hi,

    Weather a product will be updated via WSUS is decided by the product team them. So in this case the skype team would give you more authoritive reponse:

    https://support.skype.com/en/

    Friday, July 18, 2014 9:46 AM
  • Yes, I have, but they're often a black hole of information, so I decided to post here too.
    Friday, July 18, 2014 4:06 PM
  • Skype is only very occasionally put into the Microsoft Update Catalog to be available to WSUS.

    Actually Skype updates have not been in the WSUS catalog for eons; and the first two that were published were severely broken. Skype now has a built-in autoupdater.

    If you wish to centrally manage Skype updates, you'll need a third-party product/catalog that provides Skype updates (read: Secunia CSI or SolarWinds Patch Manager).


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence%20R%20Garvin-32101
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    Monday, July 21, 2014 2:09 AM
  • I know time flies, but 6.11 was added to WSUS (and MU) in March, so it hasn't been that long.

    The auto-updater, which is a Windows service that's added and enabled by default when installing Skype, seems very resistant to updating when you want it to. OTOH, I know people outside our organization who hate X version of Skype and have to try every trick in the book not to have Skype update itself. It's hard to win with Skype. I think it knows what you're thinking.

    It's too bad that there were problems with getting it updated via WSUS before, but we've had good luck with at least the last version. I think the auto-updater has been around for a couple years, so maybe both avenues will continue to be fulfilled.

    Monday, July 21, 2014 2:28 AM
  • I know time flies, but 6.11 was added to WSUS (and MU) in March, so it hasn't been that long.

    Son of a gun.. I do see two new updates from Feb & Mar 2014. Looks like an Update Rollup for v6.11 dated 3/4/14 and an "upgrade" package for v6.14 (in the Tools classification). I've heard nothing whether they work or not, but No-News-is-Good-News.

    The auto-updater [...] seems very resistant to updating when you want it to.

    Don't they all? :-//

    I think the auto-updater has been around for a couple years, so maybe both avenues will continue to be fulfilled.

    I'm pretty sure the auto-updater is a post-6.0 feature. (My guess would be to offset the dismal success they had with publishing the first two updates via WSUS.) But no matter here. Glad to hear the Spring 2014 updates worked for you.

    For those looking for the v6.11 update rollup from March, make sure you have "Update Rollups" enabled for synchronization.

    The v6.14 update is in "Tools", which also many environments have not enabled.


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence%20R%20Garvin-32101
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.


    Monday, July 21, 2014 11:30 PM
  • The v6.14 update is in "Tools", which also many environments have not enabled.

    I don't see that coming up on a WSUS search for some reason. I have all classifications checked along with Skype in Products. Hmmm. I just see 6.11 and the two old ones. Is there a further trick?

    It's also not listed in the MU catalog or here. Thanks for any pointers.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb456965

    Monday, July 21, 2014 11:57 PM
  • I don't see that coming up on a WSUS search for some reason.

    Argh... you are absolutely correct. My mistake!

    I failed to make the distinction between what was Microsoft provided and what was coming from my third-party update server. The 6.14 update is NOT an MS provided update; it is a SolarWinds provided update.


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence%20R%20Garvin-32101
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:35 PM