Good Sources for issues with hotfixes and Service Packs

Posted on 2006-05-31
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Hi All,

I am a newbie Administrator with three servers (2 Server2003 and 1 Server 2000).  Anyway, as no one has really been tending the servers for awhile there are a lot of hotfixes and a few service packs qued up to be installed on all three machines.

I really dislike the Microsoft fixes because in my experinece with workstations or home computers, the fix can at times cause more problems then it fixes.  As such I am a little paranoid to just approve all these updates without knowing if other people have had issues with them.

How do you vetran administrators handle these on your servers?  Do you know of any good sites or lists devoted to these "fixes" and issues that people have with them on their servers?  Thanks.
Question by:ckangas7
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    And of course, you should always TEST the updates - get yourself an identical server and setup a test network where you can validate the patches.  If that's not possible, try using a virtual machine on your own system.  It won't help with everything, but especially if you have custom apps you're worried about breaking, you can at least test those.

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