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I wanted to let you know about a new offering that those of you enterprise customers that download multiple security updates in multiple languages might find useful. Starting with the January 2006 release, each month we're making security and high-priority non-security updates that are available on Windows Update also available on an ISO-9660 CD image. This has items available from Windows Update only, so this means that you won't find updates for things like Office or Exchange.
This isn't intended for end users. It doesn't have any automated version detection or any comprehensive installation mechanism. Instead, it's really intended to make life easier for folks who download and manage multiple updates. For example, MS06-002 has 125 separate packages for all languages and versions.
We still want to encourage folks to use tools like WSUS and SMS. However, if you're not using these and have your own internal deployment methodology, this is a great option to save yourself some time.
For more Information on the January 2006 Security and Critical Releases ISO Image, see Knowledge Base article 913086: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/913086 . I’m also going to add a link in the January Summary so that you can get to it from there. We’ll try and make that regular offering in the summary when it is applicable.
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