Patching Servers questions

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Responsible for a remote site like United States new location in Atlanta is added to the company and requires monthly MSFT patching at a specific time. While patching we need to minimize WAN traffic what would you recommend?
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It is not required to minimise the WAN traffic for patch deployment.

If you are patching the server across the WAN link by WSUS during business hour then it might be a concern.You can schedule to install the patch during non business hour.

If there is no wsus server in the environment plan to delay the patch during non business hour.Also make sure that you take the full backup of the server before deploying the patch.

Implement the WSUS in your environment and configure the WSUS not to apply the patch on the computers in the live environment.

Check the patch in test environment.

create groups in WSUS and put the servers in these groups

Now apply the patch on the servers depending upon your timer



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