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Security Updates as .ISO Disk Images

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Security Updates

I saw this on Barnaby’s blog and didn’t realize we were doing this now.  For the IT Pro who needs to update many machines with security updates, but isn’t using WSUS or simply enforcing/allowing automatic updates, we’re now making the monthly security updates available as a download-able .ISO file.  I think that’s pretty cool.

For example, the download to the January updates is available here.

“What’s an .ISO file?”

An ISO file is essentially a disk image.  You can take that image and quickly burn it to a CD using CD Burner software.  (Any worthwhile CD burning software includes this capability.  I use Roxio, but there are others too.)

  • Thanks for the link Kevin, Burned the ISO & will be using it this week on about 200 machines that need updating. I can see this saving me hours of time.

  • Glad to hear you've found it helpful, Peter.

    If you're working with so many workstations, though, I hope you've considered using WSUS and Group Policy for targeting your workstations and managing/distributing updates from your own central server location.

    See http://www.microsoft.com/wsus. It's free, too!

  • This is a boon for a virtual machine environment as well. You can easily mount the ISO and take it away from within the VM. Thanks Microsoft.

  • What about and ISO with every patch since the last Service Pack? That would make setting up new machines with slow net connections nice and easy.

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