Briefing ID #: 4084

ALL M-DCPS EMPLOYEES: Microsoft Automatic Updates For Desktops To Be Disabled

Audience:  All Employees
Due Date: n/a
Meeting Date: n/a

To inform all users that ITS will be disabling the AUTO UPDATES ON feature of all district desktops as of May 15, 2008.

  • The district has adopted Big Fix as the “official” patch management technology to apply and manage desktop OS patches for all of the district’s remote site desktop computers.

  • Big Fix enables the district patching deployment to be centralized and managed in an efficient and accountable manner.

  • By “turning off” the AUTO UPDATES ON setting on all desktops district Internet bandwidth is NOT adversely affected when large OS patches are released by Microsoft.

  • The Big Fix technology has been deployed leverages the patching process using “local to the site” resources. 

  • This action will affect desktops only – NOT servers.

  • Manual updates will remain available as required.

  • As per the above time table disabling of the AUTO UPDATES ON feature will take place on May 15, 2008.

Contact: Support Services ( 305-995-3705 )
Department: Information Technology Services