back to article Microsoft reveals slow, staccato, disruptive auto-patching service for some Windows VMs on Azure

Microsoft has started a preview of automatic guest VM patching on Azure. Which sounds interesting, because while cloud operators take care of racking, stacking, power, cooling and other data centre drudgery, keeping the VMs you rent alive remains your problem. While this new service is automatic, it is not magical: it works …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    ^ what they should call it.

  2. Mike 137 Silver badge

    The reality?

    The MS automated borking service that you can't avoid or control. Oh the joys of cloud!

  3. AMBxx Silver badge

    Confused mess

    Imagine the meeting where this was decided. Did nobody think it was a stupid, confusing idea? do it properly or leave it to the client admins.

  4. mikepren


    Surely you just rebuild most of your vms on the new base image rather than repatch. Isn't that one of the whole point of dev ops?

    Longer lived, you buy paas.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Probably meant for k8 nodes in large clusters gents. Quit yer belly aching.

  6. Lorribot

    FFS patching is a sysadmins life get on with it.

    If you find Windows patching onerous then I suggest you use Linux. If you are unable to then just design your systems to be failover tolerant and just manage it and quit your moaning. It's life just get on with it

    If you choose Linux don't forget to keep up with the kernal patching, OS releases, plugin patching, application patching on that platform as well or just not bother and get what you deserve.

    Either way shut up and get on with it.

    1. Nick Stallman

      Re: FFS patching is a sysadmins life get on with it.

      Patching on Linux is at least simple - no reboots.

      It's amazing that Microsoft hasn't figured out how to avoid regular reboots by now. Any Windows admin boasting of high uptime is admitting his servers are insecure. My production Linux servers all have over a year uptime generally (last reboot was datacentre maintenance related).

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