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Chapter TWELVE. HP-UX Patches > When Should I Patch My Server(s)?

12.2. When Should I Patch My Server(s)?

There is no one right time to patch a system. Rather, the approach needs to be tailored to the situation. For example, in a reactive support situation that requires a patch, modifications should be limited to the smallest change necessary that solves the problem. The engineer involved needs diagnostic tools and a means of retrieving individual patches. By contrast, a person performing a new system installation wants consistency and reliability. For him, a standard bundle of patches may be a better solution.

Patch usage models provide a basis for process standardization. They help people involved with patching—from Help Desk agents to systems administrators to IS managers—understand how patching works from end to end. And they serve to reinforce good system management practices.


  

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