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patching practicalities

Posted on 2015-02-12
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can I ask for those of you who are responsible for applying security and patch updates to your server OS and apps (i.e. SQL, Exchange) etc, is there a specific target you aim for in terms of how long after release you apply the patches. And from an admin point of view, what issues/delays do you incur to make it practical to apply the patches within a pre-defined timeframe. My novice view who has no experience in patching systems is that they should be applied pretty quickly after release, but I am not sure on the practicalities of that and what needs considering before it becomes practical to apply the patches.
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A good time-frame is the 2nd weekend after patch Tuesday. Bugs are usually identified and either fixed or the buggy updates removed by then. Besides that, on weekends there should be too much happening so you can keep an overview and if necessary restore systems from your backups should anything file, without to much consequences to users. Besides that you can then combine the updates with other maintenance tasks, like cleaning out dust, running chkdsk to fix any file-system corruptions, Checking on the RAID etc.

In case there are sometimes users working on the weekends, notify them that connectivity may be impaired on those dates.
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