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Published: 19 Oct 2012

Creative Patch Testing Workarounds Regarding "Patch Testing Past Its Time?" (January 2007), I am a systems analyst and the network administrator for a small company (about 100 users). I don't have a separate test environment for thorough testing of patches released by Microsoft. What I do have is a patch manager application by Numara Software, which has an agreement with Shavlik Technologies, so my patches actually come from the Shavlik database and Web site. My second layer of defense against problem patches is staged scheduling. I have a schedule set up where a small group of servers and XP workstations is patched and rebooted in the middle of the night starting on Patch Tuesday. Each night through the next weekend, a small group of servers is patched and rebooted. The only problems I've run into so far is the occasional "end program" error Windows displays while trying to shut down, or the occasional hanging of a server during the shutdown process. The above scenario is a pretty decent workaround for not having the same resources as larger, ... Access >>>

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