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TEM and Microsoft security patches bullettin

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Question

Reason for why TEM security patches are not yet available even if Microsoft already announced them.

Answer

Even though TEM tries to stay current with Microsoft bulletins, some patches are not yet released by Microsoft. This does not mean you can't make a custom fixlet, and this does not mean we will not be making a fixlet for this content, but currently we don't have content for this item. Also, Microsoft generally releases patches on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. (Patch Tuesday)
By default, TEM will try to stay current with the security patches published in Microsoft security bulletins by email or this website: http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins/default.mspx.

- TEM does not specifically update fixlets and content based on Service Packs or Updates, unless these Service Packs or Updates are a prerequisite for the application of an item in a security bulletin.

- TEM does tend to release many Service Packs or Updates sooner anyways because they are relevant and useful to our customers.

If there is an issue TEM does not cover for non-security related hotfixes, or does not include in separate content available, customers can develop their own content in TEM by creating a custom fixlet or custom action. Customers can also go through our professional services department and TEM can create the fixlet for you.

Microsoft categorizes updates as

- High priority : Which are Critical updates, security updates, service packs, and update rollups that should be installed as soon as they become available and before you install any other updates.

- Software (optional) : Non-critical fixes for Windows programs, such as Windows Media
Player.

- Hardware (optional): Non-critical fixes for drivers and other hardware devices, such as video cards, sound cards, scanners, printers, and cameras.

Further Microsoft categorizes and defines these updates according to the Knowledge Base article http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=824684.

The categories are further broken down to be:

Critical Update, Upgrade, Driver, Hotfix, Security Update, ServicePack, Update, Update Rollup, Feature Pack, Tool, Guidance, Development Kit, and Connector.

Document information

More support for: IBM BigFix family

Software version: All Versions

Operating system(s): Windows

Reference #: 1578610

Modified date: 2015-10-23