T_Downey Posted April 24, 2003 Share Posted April 24, 2003 If there are any other folks out there that work as a network admin, or pc specialist type role in a business environment, I'm wondering how you handle the constant flow of patches that come out from Microsoft. The reason I ask this is because I do receive security updates directly from Microsoft as they are released in order to keep advised on patches as they are available. The problem with this is I receive such notification from Microsoft on some sort of patch on nearly a daily basis, and often receiving two, three or more in a day. My feelings are mixed on this. First I'm glad Microsoft appears diligent in addressing security issues and bugs in their software, but it's just ridiculous keeping up with all of them. As I write this another new cumulative patch for IE appears to be out. This is the third one in a month or two. My basic philosophy has been to first wait until they appear on the Windows Update site since many times when I receive email notification the patch is not yet released publicly. Then every month or two I make a point to install all available updates to the pc's, provided they are not brand new. Also on pc's which have automatic updates, I have that feature disabled on all machines in the office. A couple of reasons. First the possibility of a buggy patch. That could be a nightmare scenario if automatically installed on all pc's. The other reason is bandwidth on the network. I'd be interested to hear how others handle the often aggravating issue. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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