Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Advance Notification of Microsoft Security Bulletin

How to Prepare for Patch Tuesday

Microsoft releases a monthly security bulletin on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Prior to this release, Microsoft will notify users in advance of the number of the bulletins, the products affected, restart information and so on.

Advance Notification can be found here

Microsoft will release the advance notification 3 working days before Patch Tuesday. This means you will have 5 days in total to back up your system and ensure you have a fresh working restore point.

To check whether System Restore is enabled and actually running:

1. Click Start >> Run
2. Type services.msc
3. Click OK
4. Find System Restore Service in the list of services and verify that the status is “Started”.

It is advisable to manually create a restore point before applying the security update.

The next Security Bulletin Advance notification is due 8th June 2006