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  • Patch Lady – a bunch of little things

    Posted on September 22nd, 2019 at 22:14 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The other day I was reading comments to blog posts and one of them in particular resonated with me.  The gentleman was lamenting that it was difficult to keep up with the feature updates and asked Microsoft to keep providing updates to keep machines patched.   I personally have noted that older machines that were upgraded to Windows 10 from 7 often have a harder time getting updates and fail with the lovely (and not helpful) “something went wrong”.  In my personal opinion, a machine that was bought and designed for Windows 7, should be kept on Windows 7.  If a machine was a Windows 10 with downgrade to Windows 7 (meaning that the hardware was being shipped in the marketplace with Windows 10 as well as 7) they can handle an upgrade to 10 without issue.  But older machines, not so much.  You can tell they just aren’t peppy enough to handle the Windows 10 update.

    Even in my small deployment of windows 10 machines at my office, I have found where I accidentally deferred a feature update to the point where the machine wouldn’t get security updates.  I have found with every release slight little annoying issues that have to be dealt with.  I can’t imagine the issues in a large enterprise deployment.

    Twice a year feature updates is one release too many.  The churn introduced by updates is not sustainable.  We don’t have consistency in the C/D week releases (note that we are still waiting for the C/D week releases for this month).  And then the one that I was asked about the other day – folks wanted to be able to install the operating system updates on servers without installing the SQL updates.  It hit me that they were in the gui of windows update on the server and expecting the ability to choose one versus the other and couldn’t.  The only way to install operating system updates without also sucking down database updates at the same time is to use PowerShell.  Not the most intuitive way to install updates.

    So, Microsoft?  Understand that it’s not as simple as you make it out to be.  It’s a bunch of little things that make patching hard.

  • Why are patches so bad?

    Posted on September 22nd, 2019 at 11:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I don’t think this is the whole problem. But it’s certainly part of the problem.