Monday, May 01, 2006

How Microsoft patches microsoft.com web servers

Microsoft.com operations has posted an interesting blog entry on how they patch their web servers:

Scripting Patch Management of Enterprise Web Clusters on Microsoft.com

I found a few things interesting in all of this:

  1. They are using Windows network load balancing instead of a 3rd party hardware load balancer. At least, they make no mention of such.
  2. They aren't using a fancy patch management product like those from Shavlik or St. Bernard Software.
  3. The core of their patching solution is a simple script written in VBScript.
  4. They are using psexec from Sysinternals.

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