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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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  • My King for a Day change would be to have every server load balanced and clustered as well as have them all HA with DRS and vMotion capabilities so that there would be no such thing as down time!!!  All devices have redundant hardware so there are no "single points of failure" throughout the Network.  I'd also have a patch management solution that would handle all updates for all software packages.... Oh yeah, and have users fix all of their problems without ever calling for assistance!

    Well you asked!

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  • My King for a Day change would be to have every server load balanced and clustered as well as have them all HA with DRS and vMotion capabilities so that there would be no such thing as down time!!!  All devices have redundant hardware so there are no "single points of failure" throughout the Network.  I'd also have a patch management solution that would handle all updates for all software packages.... Oh yeah, and have users fix all of their problems without ever calling for assistance!

    Well you asked!

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  • I also forgot to wish for Unlimited bandwidth to all sites in the world!

  • Oh yeah, and have users fix all of their problems without ever calling for assistance!

    Careful what you ask for regarding users.. I am not so sure I would want my users biting into the apple from the tree of knowledge just yet.  There's a certain amount of job security created by those assistance craving users. emoticons_happy.png  Remember, you're only King for one day.  Then it's back to the bottom of the org chart. Ha!