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Finding Patches and Updates

Windows Update Corporate Site
The Windows Update Corporate site provides a comprehensive catalog of updates that can be distributed over a corporate network. It is a one-stop location for Windows Update content and Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) logo device drivers

Microsoft's NT Bug Fixes FTP Page
ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-public/fixes/

Microsoft Personal Security Advisor
Microsoft Personal Security Advisor (MPSA) is an easy to use web application that will help you secure your Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 computer system. Simply navigate to the MPSA site and press the Scan Now button to receive a detailed report of your computer's security settings and recommendations for improvement. Source: Microsoft.com

Service Packs and Hotfixes
Microsoft's Home Page for Hotfixes and Service Packs.

Where to Find Microsoft Security Patches
Do you need localized security patches? Or patches that can be installed automatically? Or ones that are customized for easy deployment in a large network? If you know about the various types of patches Microsoft produces and where to find them, you'll be able to keep your systems up to date more effectively.

Windows NT- All Service Packs
This page contains all recommended updates as well as new features, tools, device drivers, evaluation packages, and other downloads for NT Server 4.0 and Terminal Server.

Windows 2000 Service Packs
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article Description of Windows 2000 service packs and where to obtain them. 

Windows 2000 Post-SP2 Hotfixes
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article Description of Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 and where to obtain it. 

Microsoft Network Security Hotfix Checker (Hfnetchk.exe) Tool Is Available 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 303215 - This article provides information about the Hfnetchk tool (Hfnetchk.exe), which is a command-line tool that administrators can use to centrally assess a computer or group of computers for the absence of security patches.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Microsoft Network Security Hotfix Checker (Hfnetchk.exe - Tool
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 305385 - This article provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs - about the Microsoft Network Security Hotfix Checker (Hfnetchk.exe) - tool. 

Installing and Managing Updates and Hotfixes

HOW TO: Apply Microsoft Hotfixes to a Windows 2000 Server Running IIS 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 311135 - This article describes how to identify and apply Microsoft updates and hotfixes after you install Windows 2000 Server and IIS on your computer. You can use some Microsoft tools to help you check your system for missing patches and then install.

How to Configure Automatic Updates by Using Group Policy or Registry Settings 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 328010 - If you are logged on as an administrator, the Automatic Updates feature in Windows notifies you when critical updates are available for your computer. To configure Automatic Updates, you can use either Group Policy or you can edit the registry. This article describes how to configure the Automatic Updates features.

HOW TO: Download Windows Updates and Drivers from the Windows Update Catalog
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 323166 - This step-by-step article describes how to download Windows updates and enhancements and Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality (WHQL) logo device drivers from the Windows Update Catalog. You can search the Windows Update Catalog to find updates (such as as updated system files, service packs, new Windows features, and device drivers) that you can download and install later on one or more Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003-based computers across your home or corporate network. Microsoft recommends that only advanced users and administrators download updates from the Windows Update Catalog. If you are not an advanced user or an administrator, you can download and install updates directly from the following Microsoft Windows Update Web site

HOW TO: Install Windows 2000 Professional Updates from Windows Update 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 311047 - This step-by-step article describes how to identify and apply Microsoft updates and hotfixes after you install Windows 2000 Professional on your computer. You can use tools provided by Microsoft to check your computer for missing patches.

HOW TO: Keep Your Windows Computer Up-to-Date
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 311047 - Install All Windows Critical Updates Windows Update is the online extension of Windows that helps you to keep your computer up-to-date. Use Windows Update to choose updates for your computer’s operating system, software, and hardware. New content is added to the site regularly, so you can always get the most recent updates and fixes to protect your computer and keep it running smoothly...

HOW TO: Schedule Automatic Updates in Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 327838 - If you are logged on as an administrator, the Automatic Updates feature in Windows notifies you when critical updates are available for your computer. There is a new Automatic Updates feature that you can use to specify the schedule that Windows follows to install updates on your computer. This article describes how to install this new Automatic Updates feature in Windows XP and Windows 2000 and how to use it to schedule Automatic Updates.

HOW TO: Use Group Policy to Apply Security Patches in Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 314273 - This step-by-step article describes how to use Group Policy to apply security patches. You must be a member of the Administrators group on a computer that is running either Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2000 Advanced Server to perform all of the procedures that are described in this article.

Keeping up with the Fixes
How to help your organization keep up with all the patches and fixes released by Microsoft. Source: Windows NT Systems Magazine. (Dec 1999)

Keeping Your Windows Systems Updated
Although many of the updates that the XP Automatic Updates download are XP-specific, some are also beneficial for Win2K and NT computers on your network. David Chernicoff shares his perspective on why you need to check whether your systems are up-to-date. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Aug 2002)

Microsoft Guide to Security Patch Management
This guide provides concise information, prescriptive techniques, tools, and templates to help organizations cost-effectively maintain a secure and reliable Microsoft environment through the proactive assessment of vulnerabilities and the application of security patches and appropriate countermeasures. This guide is divided into two parts: the first providing essential security patch management information that is valuable to everyone and the second providing detailed process descriptions and techniques. Source: Microsoft Technet

Microsoft opens Security Bulletin Search Page
Microsoft has implemented a Security Bulletin Search Page which includes a search function that will let you view all of the security patches available for a particular product according to the service packs you've installed on your system. For more information, see the FAQ

New Naming Schema for Microsoft Windows Hotfix Packages
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 816915 - Microsoft has adopted a standardized naming schema for all hotfix packages (patches or updates) for Windows that are created and distributed by Microsoft. The new naming schema goes in effect in April 2003 for all update packages.

NT 4.0 Patches: Protection and Prevention
Advice on developing a update strategy for Microsoft's hotfixes and patches. Source: Network Computing (August 1999)

Use QChain.exe to Install Multiple Hotfixes with Only One Reboot 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 296861 - Microsoft has released a command-line tool named QChain.exe that gives system administrators the ability to safely chain hotfixes together. Hotfix chaining involves installing multiple hotfixes without rebooting between each installation. Without this tool, the only supported method is to reboot after each hotfix installation.

Qfecheck.exe Verifies the Installation of Windows 2000 Hotfixes
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 282784 - Microsoft has released a command-line tool named Qfecheck.exe that gives network administrators increased ability to track and verify installed Windows 2000 hotfixes. 

Receive a Security Patch in the mail? Don't Install it!
Several e-mails are being circulated, purporting to be Microsoft Security Bulletins and containing attachments that are claimed to be security patches. Microsoft never sends software via e-mail. If you have received such an e-mail, don't run the attachment!

Release Notes for the Microsoft Security Tool Kit 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 309536 - The MultiLanguage versions of the products listed above are also supported in the English version of the Microsoft Security Tool Kit. 

Server Requirements and Recommendations for Installing Microsoft Software Update Services Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 322365 - This article lists requirements and recommendations for installing Microsoft Software Update Services (MSUS). 

Tool and Patch Available to correct Hotfix Packaging Anomalies
Microsoft has released a tool and patch that allow customers to diagnose and eliminate the effects of anomalies in the packaging of hotfixes for English language versions of Microsoft® Windows 2000. Under certain circumstances, these anomalies could cause the removal of some hotfixes, which could include some security patches, from a Windows 2000 system.

Use QChain.exe to Install Multiple Hotfixes with Only One Reboot 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 296861 - Microsoft has released a command-line tool named QChain.exe that gives system administrators the ability to safely chain hotfixes together. Hotfix chaining involves installing multiple hotfixes without rebooting between each installation. Without this tool, the only supported method is to reboot after each hotfix installation.

Windows 2000 Hotfix.exe Program Description and Command-Line Switches
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 262841 - A hotfix is a program file that installs one or more files to correct a problem. A Windows 2000 hotfix program file is named Qnnnnnn.exe, where nnnnnn is the six-digit number that is assigned to the hotfix.

Windows Update Site Incorrectly Identifies Windows 2000 Retail as Beta
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 256962 - When you attempt to use the Microsoft Windows Update Web site from a retail copy of Windows 2000, you may receive the following message: You appear to be running a beta version of Windows 2000. In order to use Windows Update you need to upgrade your system to the released version of Windows 2000.

Bugs and Known Issues
"Administrators Only" Error Message When You Try to Use the Windows Update Web Site with Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 324513 - When you try to use the Microsoft Windows Update Web site, you may receive an error message that is similar to the following error message: Administrators Only (-2146828218) To install items from Windows Update, you must be logged on as an Administrator or a member of the Administrators group. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure. You may receive this message although you are already logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group

Hotfixes That Are Listed in the [SetupHotFixesToRun] Section in the Svcpack.inf File Are Not Installed 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 296723 - When you use the Svcpack.inf file to install catalog files and automate the installation of hotfix packages, hotfixes that are listed in the [SetupHotfixesToRun] section of the Svcpack.inf file do not run.

Windows 2000 Hotfixes Have Been Repackaged to Verify the Inclusion of Previous Fixes 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 299549 - Installing the preliminary version of any of the following Windows 2000 hotfixes on a computer that is running Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2 - causes the loss of some of the fixes that are included in SP2. This occurs regardless of the order of installation. 

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