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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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The Patching Cycle

There are, or should be, four basic phases in the ongoing cycle of maintaining a well-patched and up-to-date network:

  • Assess

  • Identify

  • Evaluate and plan

  • Deploy

Each of these phases is essential to the successful management of patches on your network. Depending on the size and complexity of your network, you might combine phases and even bypass them on occasion. However, it’s good to have an understanding of the phases and to think through the steps involved in each one, even if you’re combining them.

Assess

The assess phase of patch management is all about understanding what your environment is, where and how it is vulnerable and can be attacked, and what resources and procedures are in place to ameliorate those vulnerabilities.

When ...

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