Regarding patching and hotfixes of DC's running 2003

Posted on 2007-08-10
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Regarding patching and hotfixes of DC's running 2003.  I have heard many opinions. Is it poor practice to run / install windows updates directly from a DC.      The environment  does not have WSUS or SMS. Is it not dangerous to run windows updates from a DC without testing?
Question by:handymanaly
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    My personal opinion is that it is dangerous to run updates for any product on a critical production server without testing.

    As for WSUS or SMS, that is really just a centeral way to control and distribute updates.  Running updates directly from a DC is not a bad pratice, as long as they have been tested as much as possible.

    If you do not have a testing enviorment, then you may want to let the fixes age a bit before you install them.  Let others find the new "enhancements and features" (bugs) that are added by fixes.
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    by:Ahmed Abdel Salam
    agree with giltjr
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    Hotfixes are not subject to the same rigerous testing as service packs and are generally designed to solve particular issues. In general check the issue that the hotfix is designed to address and see if it is relevant to you and test it before deployment on a production system.

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