Patch Management

Best Resources for Patch Management Discussion and Support

Are you tasked with keeping your organization’s systems up-to-date, secure, and performing well through management of updates? Here’s a few of the best ways to obtain support and connect with people tasked with the same responsibilities. Patchmanagement.org email lists (Patch Management/WSUS): http://www.patchmanagement.org/ Monthly Patching Discussion online forum: https://myitforum.com/forums/Monthly-Patching-Discussion-f241.aspx Patching email list specific to System Center Configuration Manager: https://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/newsletter/email-lists-2/#configmgr Patch Management news and tips: https://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/topics/patch-management/ Know of additional resources you count on that should be added here? Let us know in the comments, on Twitter (@myITforum)....

Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB3200970 Fails Installation for Some

Another month of updates, another round of reported problems. Microsoft may not have set its own goal to ever deliver an error-free updates release, but customers continue to hope for it. We told you yesterday that the latest CU for Windows 10 is available, and while the reports are few right now, there is a growing concern that the update is failing to install and sending the PC/device into a reboot/install/reoffer loop. There are a normal set of solutions that Microsoft offers in this case, which include shutting down antivirus, rebooting first before initial installation (if possible), and clearing out Windows Update cache through repair using the Windows Update Troubleshooter. Are you having problems? If you’re experiencing installation problems with KB3200970, let us know in the...

November 2016’s Public Update Releases Available for Office Today, Too

Its a big day for Microsoft updates and updates news… Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB3200970 Rolling Out Now 14 Security Patches Ready for Voting/Patch Tuesday Microsoft Replacing Bulletins with New Security Updates Guide in January 2017 And, now, the November 2016 Public Update releases for Office are now also available. This month’s Office release is represented by 25 security updates (1 bulletin) and 39 non-security updates. All of the security and non-security updates for November are listed in KB article 3200802. Additionally, expect click-to-run updates for Office 2013 (15.0.4875.1001), Office 2010 (14.0.7176.5000), and Office 365. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Microsoft Launches Preview of Its Security Updates Guide, Replaces Bulletins in January 2017

Today Microsoft has announced a new, consolidated database served by a web site to help customers locate security vulnerability information. …customers have asked for better access to update information, as well as easier ways to customize their view to serve a diverse set of needs. This month we released a preview of our new single destination for security vulnerability information, the Security Updates Guide. Instead of publishing bulletins to describe related vulnerabilities, the new portal lets our customers view and search security vulnerability information in a single online database. Using the new portal you can: Sort and filter security vulnerability and update content, for example, by CVE, KB number, product, or release date. Filter out products that don’t apply to you, and ...

14 Security Patches Ready for Voting/Patch Tuesday

It’s not enough that the US is embroiled in voting for its next president, but today is also Patch Tuesday courtesy of Microsoft. Full bulletin:  https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms16-nov Here’s what to expect to stick into your test labs today… MS16-129 Cumulative Security Update for Microsoft Edge (3199057) Critical Remote Code Execution Requires restart ——— Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Edge MS16-130 Security Update for Microsoft Windows (3199172) Critical Remote Code Execution Requires restart ——— Microsoft Windows MS16-131 Security Update for Microsoft Video Control (3199151) Critical Remote Code Execution Requires restart ——— Microsoft Windows MS16-132 Security Update for Microsoft Graphics Component...

Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB3200970 Rolling Out Now

Rolling out now, the November 2016 CU for Windows 10 is available through Windows Update. This update includes quality improvements and security updates. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes for Anniversary Update Improved the reliability of multimedia audio, Remote Desktop, and Internet Explorer 11. Addressed issue that prevents users from connecting to a virtual private network (VPN). Addressed issue with a scheduled task that doesn’t run in Task Scheduler after reenabling. Addressed issue to update the Access Point Name (APN) database. Addressed issue with Japanese characters that are missing when converted by the Input Method Editor. Addressed issue with the system tray showing no Wi-Fi connection even when Wi-Fi is present. Addressed issue ...

Workaround for EnableLinkedConnections is Not Working for Drive-mapped MMC

The installation of KB3194798 is reported to cause Microsoft Management Consoles (MMC) running from a network share to stop working. Running the MMC from a network share is a rare usage case, but some organizations do it nonetheless. Microsoft is aware of the issue, but has provided no ETA on the fix. Susan Bradley, patching maven and IT/Dev Connections speaker, has offered a temporary fix supplied to her from Microsoft… We have been told to use the following workarounds in the meantime: Mapping the drive to the direct UNC path rather than using DFSN Using Group Policy to deploy network drive mappings, instead of a login script. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Quality Updates is the New Cumulative Updates

Microsoft delivers two types of updates for both Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. Feature Updates are delivered roughly every 6 months. These are larger updates that represent an OS refresh and include new functionality. Cumulative Updates are delivered once a month. Cumulative Updates represent all the fixes developed in a month’s time. Microsoft is now attempting to rename Cumulative Updates to Quality Updates. Quality Updates is used to state that the update is improving the quality of the installed OS. For now, you’ll see both names used, but eventually Quality Updates will become the standard. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!