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Re: Windows update down again?
- From: Kai Schlichting
- Date: Mon Aug 18 11:25:53 2003
On 8/17/2003 at 5:27 PM, "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> It's just come back now. Must have been a temporary holding page while
> they did some maintenance.
> On Sun, 17 Aug 2003, email@example.com wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I was just updating a couple of Windows machines and had been using
>> Windows Update without any problems until about 5 mins ago (22:10 GMT)
>> when I've started getting this:
>> "Thank you for your interest in Windows Update
>> Windows Update is the online extension of Windows that helps you get the
>> most out of your computer.
>> The latest version of Windows Update is available on computers that are
>> running Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows
>> Millennium Edition, Windows 2000 (except Windows 2000 Datacenter Server),
>> Windows XP, and the Windows Server 2003 family."
>> URL is http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/default.asp which redirects
>> to http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/thanks.asp. Also happens for
>> This is from multiple machines running Windows 2000 (Pro and Server) and
>> Windows 2003 server. Anyone else seeing this yet?
>> Does anyone know of an alternative URL for Windows Update in the meantime?
Not exactly. Windows update has been failing lately when the computer trying
to use it is using a web proxy (Squid, etc.). I have tracked this down to said
proxies not being able to proxy objects larger than about 1MB in size: some
down-the-line chained proxies I administer were running "cache_mem 4 MB" -
and that breaks it consistently.
Why this breaks M$ Windows update and seemingly little else is beyond me:
I don't know the exact fail-over mechanics of Squid, but I have downloaded
single files greater than 50MB through proxies with only 8MB cache_mem with
nothing unusual happening.