Re: Auto updates and ACT!
This is a small company that have just dumped their (poor) IT support, and
asked me to take over. So I am still getting to grips.
They have been using ACT!8 for a few years, and resent Sage asking £x00 for
an upgrade. I'll start by doing manual updating, a few at a time, and play
it by ear. I see from WUC that dotnet updates are optional, so here goes.
"Harry Johnston [MVP]" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Alan C wrote:
>> "Automatic updates are disabled on this machine and need to remain so.
>> This is because ACT! V8 does not support DOTNET Framework V2 and V3 which
>> are offered as updates and other updates may well affect the operation of
>> this and other programs."
>> Can anyone shed any light on this, and any reason why auto updates should
>> not be enabled, with dotnet downloads blocked?
> I hope your company has at least complained to the software vendor. .NET
> 2 has been out for a long time; for that matter, .NET 3 is hardly a spring
> chicken any more. Any incompatibilities should have been ironed out by
> now. (Heck, there shouldn't have been any incompatibilities in the first
> place; this is evidence of really lousy coding practice. Note that .NET 1
> coexists perfectly happily with the later versions.)
> However, assuming a requirement to avoid .NET 2 and 3, automatic updates
> probably wouldn't be a good idea. It's too easy to inadvertently install
> something you didn't mean to.
> On the other hand, WSUS (Windows Software Update Services) allows central
> IT personnel to explicitly choose which updates to distribute to clients,
> and would probably be worth looking into. Of course, it depends on the
> details of your IT infrastructure.
> Is there some other process in place to ensure that security updates get
> installed regularly?