The Windows Server Notebook

Jun 28 2012   2:19PM GMT

Microsoft accidentally deploys Skype using WSUS

Jeremy Stanley Jeremy Stanley Profile: Jeremy Stanley

IT admins using Windows Server Update Services got a surprise this week when Skype installed on some desktops.

The update to Skype, the Microsoft-owned voice and video chat service, was originally intended to be listed as an update for machines that already had it installed. Instead, it installed regardless of whether it was on the end-user’s machine or not.

Complaints flooded Microsoft’s forums and the company said it expired the update so it would not be installed. Other users also found ways to expunge the unwarranted application from the workstations with code.

Microsoft employee Doug Neal wrote “For those admins who still have this update, you may want to decline (not approve) this update.”

Did Skype show up on your workstations? How are you addressing it? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServ.

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