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Microsoft Patch Tuesday - April 2014

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On Thursday (April 3) Microsoft announced the forthcoming content for Patch Tuesday – Apr 8, 2014.

Number of Releases: 4

Critical Security Updates: 2 addressing vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, SharePoint Server 2010/2013, and Word 2003/2007/2010/2013.

Important Security Updates: 2 addressing vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Publisher 2003/2007.

You can have Microsoft's security bulletins sent directly to you:

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Microsoft also hosts a webcast where they discuss the releases, typically the Wednesday after Patch Tuesday:

Microsoft will host a webcast to address customer questions on the security bulletins on Wed Apr 9, 2014, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada).

Register now for the April Security Bulletin Webcast.

You can also follow the MSRC team at @MSFTSecResponse.

Updates are typically released by Microsoft at 10am PDT (5pm UTC).

Configuring WSUS servers to synchronize relative to that time can be helpful in expediting availability of these security updates.


Windows XP End Of Support - in case you haven't already heard... TODAY is the last day that updates for Windows XP will be released to the public. No additional updates will be available for Windows XP (unless you've purchased a Microsoft Premier Support Contract that covers additional security updates for Windows XP). You should also be prepared to hear about new vulnerabilities in Windows XP and Internet Explorer v6, v7, and v8, that will not be patched... possibly as soon as Wednesday, but likely for a very long period afterward. Ensure that you have current AV/AM software installed on any remaining Windows XP systems, and I would also suggest switching those users from IE8 to the current version of Firefox or Chrome if its is necessary to use the Internet from a Windows XP system. Best case: Windows XP should not be used to access the Internet or read email.

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 UPDATE -- Also on this Patch Tuesday (April 8, 2014), Microsoft is releasing the UPDATE for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 systems. This UPDATE is MANDATORY -- in that all subsequent updates for Win8.1/WS2012R2 systems will be baselined from this update. That is to say, you WILL NOT be able to install the May 2014 updates to a Win8.1/WS2012R2 system unless you first have installed this April update. In addition, I've read reports that this update can take a LOOONG TIME to install... so plan accordingly. I would also NOT install this update in combination with anything else, and I would install it *AFTER* you've installed the regular April Security Updates for Win8.1/WS2012R2/IE11. Some have even suggested doing a FULL SYSTEM BACKUP prior to launching the installation of this update.

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Please Backup before you install Win 8.1............

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I'm a Head Geek and technical product marketing manager at SolarWinds. I wrote my first computer program in RPG-II in 1974 to calculate quadratic equations and tested it on some spare weekend cycles on an IBM System/3 that I ‘borrowed’ from my father’s employer. After that I dabbled, studied, and actually programmed in just about every language known for the past 40 years; worked on a half-dozen different variants of Unix on 3B2s, RS6000s, HP9000s, Sparc workstations, and Intel systems; connected to CompuServe on a 300 baud modem; ran a FidoNet BBS on OS/2 on a 9600 bps modem; and started working with Windows when Windows NT4 was still the latest operating system. Along the way, I did a few years in database programming and database administration. I installed some of the first ADSL and SDSL Internet circuits in Texas, and then migrated into full-time Windows systems management, which had a lot to do with my interest in SUS and WSUS 10 years ago. This ultimately led me to EminentWare in 2009, and SolarWinds three years later.