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Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

Friday, October 28, 2011

If you haven't heard...Microsoft has finally released the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1). SP1 is a combined service pack for both operating systems encapsulated in a single installer which is great news. With the availability of SP1, it is now time to go ahead and prepare for the deployment to your systems.

With any deployment, even though we know that this service pack has been fully tested, you should always use a systematic approach to deploying updates in your organization. Start by installing this service pack on a few systems. Then deploy the service pack to 10% of the computers in the organization. Try to get a good representation of your target systems. Set up a process so that users can report any issues they may experience. Then finally, deploy the service pack to the rest of the computers in the organization. With this approach, you are more likely to be ready for any issues that may occur. This is the same approach you should take whether you are deploying routine monthly updates, hotfixes or service packs.  Make sure you include a communication plan in your deployment.

To download the Service Pack from the Microsoft Download Center, click on this link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=c3202ce6-4056-4059-8a1b-3a9b77cdfdda

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