Confessions of a Patchaholic


If you don’t have automated tools for patch management, you should seriously consider buying into a solution. You can justify the cost by explaining the efficiencies built into these tools. With the proper tools, you can patch more systems with fewer staff, decrease outages due to human error, reduce maintenance window lengths by applying patches to multiple systems at one time, and have independent logs to track your success.

Patching is one of the least appealing aspects of your job as a system administrator, and it will continue to be an unpleasant task to perform. The hours are bad for sleep, it always requires manual intervention, and you rarely get as much as a half-hearted “Thanks” for your efforts. There isn’t much you or I can do about the human aspect of your job, but fortunately, you have tools to take away some of the pain of Patch Night.

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