Good afternoon,

This is Christopher Budd. I wanted to take a moment and let you know that we've posted our regular Monthly Advanced Notification for the upcoming bulletin release.

As a reminder, this month, our regularly scheduled monthly bulletin release is slated for Tuesday, 9 May 2006 with a target time of 10 AM Pacific Time. A quick reminder too that 10 AM is a target time and not a hard and fast deadline.

This month, we are planning 3 bulletins. One for Microsoft Exchange and two for Microsoft Windows. The maximum total severity for both Exchange and Windows is Critical. As always, we recommend you plan to test and deploy these updates as quickly as possible.

For Exchange, these updates may require a restart and will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer.

For Windows, these updates may require a restart and they will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer and the Enterprise Scanning Tool.

On thing regarding the Exchange update we wanted to call out especially for planning purposes: this update will include the functionality change discussed in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 912918. So, we urge administrators to go ahead review this Knowledge Base article prior to release and take steps appropriate for their environment.

Also, we will release our regularly updated Malicious Software Removal Tool.

As always, we will have full details and information in the bulletins when they are released on Tuesday.

Finally, I encourage you to go ahead and sign up for our regularly scheduled webcast where we provide more information and, most importantly, answer your questions on the air. This webcast regularly occurs on the day following release. This month, we'll be broadcasting at Wednesday, 10 May 2006 11:00 AM Pacific Time (although it is also available on-demand after that). Information on how to sign up can be located here:

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032294228&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

Thank you and I hope you can join us on Wednesday.

Christopher

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