Windows patch mgmt.

From: bob martin (
Date: 06/15/04

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    Hello all.
    Basic patching question for you.

    We have a small environment (approx. 300 desktops and 50 servers) and the
    question has come up how do we test all desktops/servers after a windows
    patch has been installed. Given that the networking/desktop team consists
    of 6 people, I'm a bit stumped on how we can do this efficiently. We use
    St. Benard's Update Expert to push out the patches and to verify they've
    been installed.

    Currently we push to a QA environment and let it soak for a week or two
    while it's being used for it's normal functions. The concern is if the
    server isn't being used for testing, then we may push a patch to a
    production server without it being "tested."

    Any suggestions would be very welcomed. Any more, there's so many windows
    patches that it's almost a full time job for one person to manage them.


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