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Windows server: Windows updates: How will they affect the performance of our Moodle site ?
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Dear moodlers,

First, I would like to say that I am an educational technologist providing level 3 support (server-related queries) for our Moodle site, but I am not a network technicians

I have worked with Ubuntu servers in the past, but it is the first time that I work with a Windows server.

Our main production site is installed in a virtual machine which runs in Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise (no additional service package have been installed).

There haven't been any updates installed since the senior technician left the project in November 2011, and since I took over the maintenance, I didn't receive any automatic notifications telling me that important updates need to be installed.

I was busy migration to Moodle 2.24 over the summer, but now that I have time to familiary with Windows server, I have discovered that there are 68 important updates ready to be installed and 32 optional updates.

When I looked the information about those updates, it seems that most of the important updates are security updates for Windows (and .NET) and the optional updates are related to upgrading the Windows server OS (installing package services and so on).

Should I install the 68 important updates or leave Windows as it is now?

We have an anti-virus software and a proxy, so I think that the server is quite secure without the upodates.

If this were a Linux server, I would install the updates, but I don't trust Windows at all. I am concerned that, by installing any of the updates, the performance of our production site will be affected or  any of the php or MySQL settings will be also affected.

Can you please advise about this matter?

Thank you very much for your advise.

 
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Re: Windows server: Windows updates: How will they affect the performance of our Moodle site ?
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In general you should install those Windows patches. Many of them fix security issues in Windows, so you're safer installing them.

If you're uncertain about the impact of the patches read the related documentation that Microsoft releases with each of the Updates. They normally contain details of what Windows functionality is impacted and the potential risks.

 
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Hi

I would say it is much better to install atleast the important updates, than to leave it as it is.

You can have a snap shot taken of the virtual server before you install the updates, so you can easily go back to how it was before installing the updates. If you have to go back to the snap shot, then of course, you will loose everything users done during the time between after updating and going back to the snap shot.

You can also uninstall updates in windows, I have never had to do it though.
Make sure you have enough disc space in you C: -drive (or other if your OS is not on C: )
before installing the updates.

 
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