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Microsoft® Windows Server 2003: Administrator’s Companion by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Deploying Service Packs

Network administrators are frequently ambivalent about service packs. On one hand, service packs usually improve reliability and security. On the other hand, deploying service packs is an “event” that consumes time and resources. So most administrators postpone deployment as long as possible, typically waiting until one or more of the following conditions are met:

  • Applications require a certain service pack to install.

  • A service pack fixes a serious problem for your servers and clients.

  • The boss decides it’s time for you to deploy the latest service pack.

At the very least, wait to deploy a new service pack until enough time has elapsed for any complications to come to light. You might also want to perform a limited rollout ...

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