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Step 4: Manually patch when necessary

There's no substitute for some occasional hands-on patching to make sure the right patches go to the right applications and devices.

Even the best patch management tool won't automatically download every patch that your organization needs. Some applications are just too obscure to be automatically patched.

No matter how busy you are, it's worth spending a few hours each month or so downloading the latest patches for applications that are not automatically patched. While you're at it, you might also consider downloading the latest device drivers for your machines. Just like applications, device drivers are revised as often as bugs are discovered or when there is a performance benefit.

 


Patch management must-dos

 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: Do understand what is being patched
 Step 2: Do review patches every day
 Step 3: Do make sure patches are actually being applied
 Step 4: Do it yourself when necessary
 Resource kit: Tips for testing, deploying and fixing patches

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
 
Brien M. Posey, MCSE, MVP
Brien M. Posey is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Windows 2000 Server and IIS. He has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once in charge of IT security for Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer, he has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies.
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