Another reason to hate Patch Tuesday– it isn’t just your imagination that applying patches to Windows network clients using Microsoft System Management Server tales forever. A bug in SMS’s Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates can dramatically slow down scans of client systems, causing scans to take up to five minutes per client. A fix is in the works, but it could be more than a month away.
And the problem, for those who are experiencing it, is only going to get worse–it’s linked to the number of patch files that get loaded onto clients, so as more patches are applied, the scans get progressively slower.
Fortunately, there’s only one Patch Tuesday between now and when the fix comes down. Maybe.