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King for a Day - What would you change?

For the past few weeks I've had some really good discussions around patch management.  The reasons why some people don't patch, the reasoning behind why people do patch, where it fits into an organization and who's role it typically falls under.  All of the conversations have been great and it is clear to me that patching is not just clicking update and walking away.  Patch management should be part of a robust, important and thought out procedure in almost every organization.  Big and small alike, the processes and challenges are pretty similar for all of us.


As a last brainstorming event on the topic, I thought it would be interesting to play King (or Queen) for a Day.  Looking back at the Patch Management process, if you had supreme powers, what would you change?  How different would/could the processes look?  No need to even ground it in reality if you feel strongly enough about it! emoticons_happy.png

Let's start with reboots becoming a thing of the past.  Patch an application or OS and NOT have to restart or incur downtime penalties?!?  Revolutionary!

Expulsion from my computerized Kingdom for any vendor requiring manual patching.  If you've packaged it up in a way that requires me to manually copy files or change registry entries, you haven't put enough time into your patch.  This would be considered a capital offense in my fiefdom.

What would you do if you could just summon your subjects, wave your hand and make it so?

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  • For sure no restarts, and compatibility screening so it never broke application.  Version checking to ensure you have all the prerequisite items covered.  I would have it update all software and BIOS, and Hardware firmware.   I would have something that can handle devices like WAP, and Printer boards.  one tool that could effectively Update anything with a PC chip and attached to the network, and have it work.  yep i said it work, not be a crippled piece of plastic, copper and silicone, no work, as in be faster, better and not use a ton of HDD space, maybe a archival process to remove out old components that obviously wont ever be needed again.

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  • For sure no restarts, and compatibility screening so it never broke application.  Version checking to ensure you have all the prerequisite items covered.  I would have it update all software and BIOS, and Hardware firmware.   I would have something that can handle devices like WAP, and Printer boards.  one tool that could effectively Update anything with a PC chip and attached to the network, and have it work.  yep i said it work, not be a crippled piece of plastic, copper and silicone, no work, as in be faster, better and not use a ton of HDD space, maybe a archival process to remove out old components that obviously wont ever be needed again.

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