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I have installed vmware update manager and downloaded all the patches.
I noticed that there are two predefined  default baseline patches, one for critical and other one for non-crticale. Both had several hundreds patches and they are for mixer of ver4.0 and 5.0, 5.1. BGs and SGs so I deleted that default and created my own baseline for ver5.1.
Noticed that new baseline do not have many updates , but all for ver 5.1
I am wondering whether I am following the best practice to patch the exi hosts, I have not remediate yet in case if it is wrong.
Can someone suggest me the best method pls?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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You need to establish, what your "Patch Regime" is for your Organisation.

Do you want to patch for Critical Security Updates or just any update?

We only patch for Critical Security Updates, where a security weakness has been detected within the product, like the recent OpenSSL Heartbleed or Bash "Shellshock", security flaws.

or we patch, if we have a specific issue which needs to be resolved e.g. Bug, Driver issue.

So, there is no real best method...What practice do you follow for WIndows, every Patch Tuesday, Apply ALL, or Apply just the Security Updates ?

So if you were to compare all our ESX/ESXi servers they are maintained and patched against security issues, but they are not the latest and greatest issued by VMware!
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