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Exchange 2010 SP Tweaks Fail To Thrill

Exchange 2010 SP2 users got a new rollup this week, but the way these are done has left some IT pros nonplussed. The problem is these fixes seem to go back and forth and aren't released in a cohesive manner.

In the summer of last year there was another rollup that had problems, problems that weren't fixed in the next update.

This rollup, Update Rollup 5 v2 for Exchange 2010 SP2, is really a big bunch of patches. While IT always likes a good fix, they don't always like how they're delivered, such as this blogger: "I for one find the product team's decision to fix security vulnerabilities only in Update Rollups completely unacceptable and at odds with many other products in the Microsoft product line,"  the blogger wrote as reported in Kurt Mackie's news piece. "A security vulnerability should be addressed by a small hotfix that addresses the vulnerability rather than part of a much wider rollup which includes additional functionality and a much broader change to the code base. For those in corporate environments, testing a large rollup is at odds with security patching."

How do you like the way Microsoft patches and rolls up? Thoughts can be shared at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/19/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Wed, Dec 19, 2012 Craig

I totally agree. I think it would be nice if Microsoft had a security only update and a feature only update. Another thing for each product they should release an annual security patch .ISO that includes all previous patches.

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