Preparing for Life Beyond Patch Tuesday with Windows Update for Business

Summary bullets:

• Microsoft’s Windows Update for Business will provide software updates for Windows 10 enterprise, end-user devices in a more fluid, flexible manner.

• Patch Tuesday isn’t ending tomorrow, but vulnerability management vendors should begin preparing now for Windows Update for Business, particularly in regard to system classification, distribution and auditing.

Microsoft last week introduced Windows Update for Business, a new software-update mechanism for its upcoming Windows 10 operating system.

With Windows Update for Business, Microsoft hopes to provide software updates for Windows 10 enterprise, end-user devices in a more fluid, flexible manner. Key features include distribution rings that will offer more flexibility regarding when and how quickly software updates are deployed. This includes maintenance windows to better align update distribution with mission-critical uptime requirements as well as other planned maintenance and configuration periods; peer-to-peer delivery to reduce bandwidth utilization at branch offices and remote sites; and integration with existing tools like System Center and Windows Server Update Services.

Despite the media hype that Windows Update for Business will end Patch Tuesday as we know it, this is far from the case. Continue reading “Preparing for Life Beyond Patch Tuesday with Windows Update for Business”