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Catch up on the Windows Server patches of 2017

Technology stacks are rife with complex dependencies. While some IT shops tackle Windows Server patches on Patch Tuesday, many administrators take a cautious approach, waiting weeks or even months to apply the fixes.


IT organizations depend heavily on Windows Server to manage the infrastructure, users and their devices, using features such as Active Directory and products like System Center. Windows Server also provides the backbone for numerous business-critical applications, such as Exchange Server and SQL Server.

Because of Windows Server's importance in a shop that depends on Microsoft's technology stack, administrators take extra care when they patch the server operating system. One bad update can take down the entire data center. Microsoft's monthly security updates bring additional stress to administrators with numerous enterprise systems based on Windows Server -- a fix for the server operating system could break the functionality in an important third-party application.

This essential guide to 2017's monthly Patch Tuesday news stories and related articles helps administrators understand and implement Windows Server patches, whether it's the next day, next month or next quarter.

1Patch Tuesday reports-

The scoop on Windows Server patches

On the second Tuesday of each month, dubbed Patch Tuesday, Microsoft releases security bulletins and associated patches to close vulnerabilities in the company's software, including Windows Server. Most administrators apply these patches in a timely fashion to remove these exploits from business systems. Approach system patches and updates armed with insights from security analysts and administrators on each month's most important Windows Server patches.


Microsoft releases fixes for three exploits for January Patch Tuesday

Microsoft issues three bulletins to close vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, the Edge browser and a Windows Server service. The company also supplied a fix from Adobe for its Adobe Flash Player application. Continue Reading


'Last-minute issue' delays February Patch Tuesday

Microsoft delayed the release of security bulletins for February Patch Tuesday until March, due to a last-minute issue. One administrator now mulls whether to apply a manual fix for a zero-day vulnerability. Continue Reading


March Patch Tuesday returns with zero-day vulnerability fix

After a month-long delay, Microsoft released 17 updates on March Patch Tuesday and addressed several known vulnerabilities that can affect Windows Server administrators. Continue Reading


Microsoft swaps security bulletins for new Security Update Guide

On April Patch Tuesday, Microsoft officially switched from verbose security bulletin format to the database layout of the Security Update Guide. Windows Server admins should be aware of a Hyper-V host patch. Continue Reading

2Patch like a pro-

A window into patching Microsoft systems

Security is a 24/7 concern -- not just something to think about on Patch Tuesday. Stay in the know with other developments related to the security of Microsoft's operating systems, such as the servicing model change.


Microsoft changes servicing model to bundle patches

In October 2016, Microsoft migrated several Windows operating systems to a rollup model that packages individual patches into a single file. IT pros weigh the pros and cons of losing the ability to add and remove individual patches. Continue Reading


How can admins protect systems from a bad Microsoft patch?

System administrators need to act when Microsoft issues a security update, but a bad patch can break systems -- so what's an overworked IT staff to do? Continue Reading


Windows Bash raises concerns about Linux-based exploits

While Microsoft offered developers a way to run Linux in Windows 10, did it also expand the attack surface of the operating system? Continue Reading


Establish a patch management process to reduce pain

Get a grip on the Microsoft patching change by using automation tools and new features like Nano Server to minimize downtime and disruptions to end users. Continue Reading

3Secure systems defined-

Develop a Windows Server security vocabulary

This glossary of terms related to patches and security will help Windows Server administrators learn about the different threats to systems, and Microsoft's technologies and features for patch management.

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