[windows2000] Re: Discussion: Microsoft to release patches once per month

  • From: "Neil Bullock" <n.bullock@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 08:46:24 -0000

Sorin Srbu wrote:

>> He said the reason was that WE, the end user, told M$ that M$ was
>> overloading us with all these darn patches, so THEY did us a favor
>> and cut it back to once a week, and now once a month.
> Do they mean that even if a serious security flaw is found, it
> won't be posted until the next monthly release??

Seems so.  I think maybe they should release the patches as and when they
are available, but send out a mail summarising patch releases every month.

We recently had the dilemma of trying to get our laptop users to update
their laptops.  We tried custom programmed ideas, tried forcing them to do
it themselves from Windows Update, and tried making them log on to the
network regularly to get the updates from SUS.  In the end we had to give,
and just live with the fact that the laptops will likely remain unpatched
until a) someone's machine is exploited, or b) we update the machines

The monthly updates do make my life much easier, but it's silly to withhold
critical patches until a pre-determined release date.

My boss was one of those people complaining about overloading with patches.
I suspect it's people like him (people who know nothing about computing) who
made this happen.

Neil Bullock, ICT Technician.
Brayton College, Doncaster Road, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 9QS
Tel: 01757 707731; Fax: 01757 213389

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