Update WSUS 3.0 SP2 to support Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Clients

Just a quick one today.  Microsoft have released an update for those running WSUS 3.0 SP2 which allows you  to provide updates to clients running Windows 8 and Server 2012.  The update is available at this Knowledge Base Article for both 32 and 64 bit environments.

Also, no word yet on when they will be releasing a patch for the IE flaw (see here and here), but should be available over the next few days.

Admin SVC Error when trying to install SharePoint solutions (WSP) and how to fix it

Short and sweet post about deploying SharePoint solutions.  You usually do this by invoking Install-SpSolution under the SharePoint PowerShell, but sometimes you’ll get the following error:

Install-SPSolution: Admin SVC must be running in order to 
create deployment timer job

All you need to do is to go to the Services section in Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative Tools and look for the service called SharePoint 2010 Administration and start it. You might also find that the service is on manual start-up, you can optionally change it to automatic to make sure that the service is always available and ready. Simple isn’t it!