Getting ready for patching

On February 11, 2009, in Security, by

The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) : February 2009 Monthly Bulletin Release:

Notice I said ‘getting ready for’ not that I am yet.  Tuesday when the security patches come out, I start on my testing process.  I see what the patches do, I start reviewing the bulletins to see if I can find a reason to NOT run screaming to the server and patch immediately.  It’s not that I don’t want to patch, it’s that I want to patch when I am ready to patch.  Typically in a firm, being ready to patch does not mean throwing those on a server when you haven’t at least read the bulletin, ran them on a test bed and understood what their impact is.  It annoys me when I see consultants come into the newsgroups and say “some patches installed last night and now I have this issue”.  Always know EXACTLY what patches you have deployed to your systems.

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One Response to Getting ready for patching

  1. John says:

    Looking forward to reading about your experience with these patches.