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System Administrator vs Change Advisory Board

thundergeek (808819) writes | about 5 months ago

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thundergeek (808819) writes "I am the sole sysadmin for nearly 50 servers (win/linux) across several contracts. Now a Change Advisory Board (CAB) is wanting to manage every patch that will be installed on the OS and approve/disapprove for testing on the development network. Once tested and verified, all changes will then need to be approved for production.

Windows servers aren't always the best for informing admin exactly what is being "patched" on the OS, and the frequency of updates will make my efficiency take a nose dive. Now I'll have to track each KB, RHSA, directives and any other 3rd party updates, submit a lengthy report outlining each patch being applied, and then sit back and wait for approval.

What should I use/do to track what I will be installing? Is there already a product out there that will make my life a little less stressful on the admin side? Does anyone else have to go toe-to-toe with a CAB? How do you handle your patch approval process?"

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"I don't do unfunded mandates" (1)

schwit1 (797399) | about 5 months ago | (#46757177)

Like any project, new requirements cost money and therefore must come with the requisite funding.
If it's not important enough to fund then it's not important enough to do.
Put your money where your mouth is.
No bucks, no Buck Rogers ... Gus Grissom

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