The process of patch management has become uncomplicated over the years. Gone are the days of manually downloading the updates from respective vendor websites and tediously distributing across network.
Automation is the key. Schedule and relax.
The process calls for certain best practices to be followed in defining patch management policies.
We bring you these best practices that can help network administrators and end users be more efficient and productive.
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A quick view of security patching best practices
- Automate patch management - especially for security updates
- Use a 'Critical updates first' approach
- Server patch management best practice: periodically scan and update
- Upgrade OSs to their latest versions
- Evaluate patches in a test environment before distributing
- Make it two deployments a week - Schedule auto deployments
- Create more configurations to suit business requirements
- Re-attempt failed patches
- Generate detailed patch summary reports
- Cover patch management in a heterogeneous environment
- Prioritize security patch updates over non-security updates
- Create a separate APD task for critical patch deployment
- Enable agents to download patches directly from trusted vendor sites
- Set a broad deployment windows
- Allow users to skip a deployment to avoid hindrance in the on-going tasks
- Suspend any optional updates, roll-ups and feature pack deployment
- Ensure machines do not run any end-of-life applications.
- Use a secure gateway server to secure communication between remote endpoints and the server at your place.