About six weeks ago, Microsoft released Update Rollup 1 (UR1) for Windows 2000 SP4.
Many people missed the security advisory, whereas some of those who saw the
advisory and did install the
rollup experienced problems. Microsoft has announced plans to reissue the update,
due to a few glitches affecting some customers, but has not yet given an exact
date for that release.
I go to Windows Update or Microsoft Update and think nothing of downloading
bits and pieces of what’s there. But many folks would really like to know what is
happening to their machines.
Where has the year gone? We’re already to the first Patch Tuesday of July, which means we have half of our patches for the year under our belt
and the other half to come.
A number of years back, I owned a car with a seatbelt that automatically
ran along a track and over my shoulder as soon as I closed my car door. It was
one of the first of its kind and I thought it was very cool. The only problem
was that you still had to manually pull the lap belt over to be completely safe
(and not be decapitated in a crash).
Unfortunately, the automated shoulder strap gave such a false sense of security
that it was easy to neglect the lap belt.
The week after Patch Tuesday typically is when more subtle issues of patches
start coming to light. This post-Patch week was no exception.
I printed out this week’s "Book-of-the-Month" — otherwise known as
Microsoft’s ten new security bulletins — with gleeful anticipation. That’s
especially because we have two new patch tools to try out on these babies.
Microsoft’s recently released Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is
another step in the goal of making patch management more efficient.
The old saying is, "April showers bring May flowers," but in this case we got
service packs instead.
For a week that only resulted in one patch bulletin, there still seems to
be a lot for me to wade through this month.
You should always keep your systems up-to-date with the latest patches. But
it isn’t always that easy to stay current, especially on critical production servers
that require careful testing and planned deployment.