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Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Administrator's Companion, 2nd Edition by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Chapter 23. Patch Management

Patches—everyone hates them, but they are an inescapable part of the everyday computing world. I hated them and complained about them when I was a UNIX system administrator some 20 years ago. And I still hate them now, even though the overall process of obtaining, testing, and applying them has gotten far better than it was back then. I doubt that anything we can say will make you like patches any better than we do, but in this chapter we’ll try to cover the basics to make the process as straightforward and manageable as possible.

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