Best Practices for Updating Win Server 2003 Patches

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Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 security and patches
Windows Server Update Services
I've been told to be very careful about which patches to install when updating my servers - research all the patches, don't install IE 8, etc. Is this common practice? If yes, where do I begin finding out which patches are okay to install and which are not? I'm very new at this, so pardon my uncertainty.

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Windows Server 2003
ASKED: June 22, 2010  2:32 AM
UPDATED: June 22, 2010  6:50 PM

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You can find it at microsoft website which is <a href=”http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/current.aspx”>here </a>

I too hardly patch the servers in my office. i only patch after reading the content.

if your server is not connected to the internet, it is the best as it is safer from viruses or any other attacks..

anyway i don’t update to IE 8 either…

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  • TheITProjectBlog
    You should really update your Windows Server 2003 with the latest service packs especially if they are connected to the Internet. The answer to your question also depends on what kind of applications you are running on the server. Some applications (third party apps) make break after installing certain patches. I would start by analysing what the server is used for and then head over to Microsoft Windows Update Go through Microsoft's recommended list and evaluate which update you ought to complete based on what your server is being used for. For example, if you are using your server for hosting websites, then check out the latest security patches for IIS. Finally, always remember to take a full backup before running any updates on any live production server. A lot of engineers tend to forget this part and trust me, its not clever. Kind regards Raj - The IT Project Blog
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