Checklist -patching Windows servers

Thursday, 29 June 2006, 1:14 PM EST

Patching a server is fundamentally different from patching a workstation, both in terms of the scope of the patches and the process involved. You can usually take workstations out of commission and rebuild them from a pre-patched image, if it comes to that. With servers, there is usually no such luxury. The amount of downtime you can afford with any server is likely to be minimal, even if you're dealing with a server that has backup (as, for instance, with an active/passive cluster).

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