Protecting your network this cold and flu season

Travis Davis, contributor, myITforum.com

Well, the cold and flu season is almost upon us. What have you done to protect your network? Have you proactively deployed the required medicine (patches)? If not, it is never too late to protect the network by following these basic steps.

  1. Install a patch management solution in a test environment.
  2. Test the installation in a lab environment against a subset of our production machines.
  3. Determine if the solution meets your needs. If it doesn't, get another.
  4. If it meets your needs, deploy to production within a pilot.
  5. If the pilot is successful, continue the deployment throughout your network.
  6. Continually deploy patches after testing. Don't get caught up in deploying a patch management solution and not keeping on top of the patches.

With this easy prescription, you can and will make it through this cold and flu season. The type of cold and flu your network gets cannot be cured with chick soap. It takes effort and planning, but the rewards are priceless.

Rebuilding a computer infected with a virus = $$$$
Patch management solution = $$$$
Administrating the solution = $$$$
Watching your admin buddies sweat when a new virus hits = Priceless.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Travis Davis is the owner of NStride Consulting, a firm which specializes in all facets of systems management. He has over nine years of experience in technology deployment, integration and management. Travis has held positions at Altiris, Microsoft Consulting Services and EDS, and is also a MCSE, MCT, CNA, and CTT+.

This article first appeared in myITforum, the premier online destination for IT professionals responsible for managing their corporations' Microsoft Windows systems. The centerpiece of myITforum.com is a collection of member forums where IT professionals actively exchange technical tips, share their expertise, and download utilities that help them better manage their Windows environments, specifically Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS). It is part of the TechTarget network of Web sites. To register for the site and sign up for the myITforum daily newsletter, click here.

This was first published in October 2004

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