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Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™ Resource Kit by Janique Carbone Robert Larson and Microsoft Windows Virtualization Team

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Updating Virtual Machines

Virtual machines should be included in update and maintenance procedures set up for physical machines. This ensures that the virtual machines have the latest set of security and nonsecurity updates. Update management can be handled several different ways: using CD-based update distribution with scripted installation, dedicated management tools like Microsoft Windows Server Update Service (WSUS), general-purpose tools such as System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), or other comparable applications.

Best Practices

Updating multiple virtual machines on a single Hyper-V server concurrently can affect the performance of the machines being updated, increasing the time it takes to install updates, as well as impacting on available ...

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