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Updating Security Patches

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windows update logoMaintaining the security patches on Windows desktops and servers is vital to prevent any unpatched operating system or application software vulnerabilities from being exploited by a virus, worm, or Trojan horse. One of the most common reasons that Windows machines are compromised is that vulnerabilities have not been patched, even though the fix was made available weeks or months prior.

If your system contains vulnerabilities that have not been patched, your system can be exploited and files will be compromised and saved to the hard disk. There is very little protection that can be applied to the hard drive itself and once code is written to the drive the hard disk is infected.

In a corporate infrastructure, it is wise to test patches before pushing them out to your production servers and workstations. If something goes wrong, you’ll detect it on your test machines and you can contact Microsoft and report the issue. Chances are that the problem is already known and a solution is right around the corner.

Example:
Updating Security Patches on a Windows 2000 Server
1. Click Start > Windows Update (Note: If you are using Windows XP, Windows Update wont be immediately available in the menu list. You can open Internet Explorer, click Tools, and then click Windows Update. The default location for Windows Update is Start > All Programs > Windows Update (located near the top of the menu).
2. When Windows Update opens, if you computer has not had the latest version of Windows Update installed, you will see a Security Warning box appear. Click Yes
3. When the offer appears to download the new version of the software, click Install Now
4. When offered, click the Express button
5. After it installs, Windows Update will scan your computer and search for the latest updates. When they are presented, click Install Updates
6. The Windows Updater will ask you to verify that you want to download and install the updates. Click Install Updates (you may be required to accept the EULA too)
7. When all the updates have been installed click Restart Now when prompted.
8. Once the system has rebooted, log on to the server.

Problems?If the update process did not complete successfully your computer will be in a vulnerable position. Incomplete updates are usually caused by some sort of error on the computer’s hard drive, and we recommend you seek professional assistance.

Written by Betty

February 7th, 2016 at 10:36 am

Posted in Storage News