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Microsoft patches for Unity Server's Win2K OS

We have installed a Cisco Unity server, version 4.0(4) ( voicemail messaging )

on a Win2K server, using Cisco Platform CD in year 2004.

Now, we are re-installing the Unity server as the customer has purchased new server hardware.

I am using the same Unity 4.0(4) Installation CDs to re-build the Unity server.

I am going to use the latest microsoft Win2K patches from the Unity Microsoft update website.

Can i say it is OK to use the latest microsoft Win2K patches from the Unity website as it would always incorporate the previous patches, i mean those critical patches like MS03-039, etc.

Pls advise.

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Re: Microsoft patches for Unity Server's Win2K OS

I would keep all the patches the same for OS and Unity until you get the second server up and running. Once you have it running, then go ahead continue with the updated patches. Some OS patches such as Exchange may be different and cause little issues. I would also on the new server, go for the Unity update SR releases and patches.

good luck

Re: Microsoft patches for Unity Server's Win2K OS

Hi -

The Windows 2000 SP4 update on the Unity Microsoft download page, dated July 10, 2006, includes all of the previous patches. By the time you build your server, if Cisco has not updated this file to include the recent August patches, released August 8th, I would recommend going to Microsoft's site to get these. That way you will be most current.

Ginger

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Re: Microsoft patches for Unity Server's Win2K OS

Hi,

Cisco does not seem to keep up with updating Unity patches and documentation like they do with Call Manager. The "Recommended Service Packs and Updates for Use with Cisco Unity"

document has not been updated since June. Do you load all of the patches Microsoft issues each month on your Unity system?

Thanks

Steve

Re: Microsoft patches for Unity Server's Win2K OS

Hi Steve -

I research each one before applying to the Unity server and also load on a test Unity server beforehand. For example, I do not apply security fixes for products that are not on the Unity server, such as Outlook Express. Applying certain hotfixes can add dlls to the OS that may impact Unity's functionality, specifically anything related to Outlook (since Outlook on the Unity server is not supported and can cause problems with MAPI to Exchange). I access Windows Update on Microsoft's website and select the Custom option. I then uncheck any patches I have elected not to apply. As always, I break the mirror set before applying anything to the Unity server as a precaution. Hope that helps!

Ginger

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Re: Microsoft patches for Unity Server's Win2K OS

Thanks Ginger!

Here are the patches I think that should be installed based on the July/Aug Microsoft Reports:

MS - 33,34,35,36

MS - 40,41,42,43,44,46,51

What do you think?

Steve

Re: Microsoft patches for Unity Server's Win2K OS

Hi Steve -

The only ones I did not apply were KB920214 - Security update for Outlook Express and KB911567 - Cumulative Security Update for Outlook Express. If you go to website http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/default.aspx?ln=en-us and click on Custom. Microsoft Windows Update will check your computer to see what updates are required. You may need to add the website to your trusted sites in Internet Explorer. Uncheck the Outlook Express updates I mentioned above. Then click Install Updates. As I mentioned earlier, break your mirror set so you have a way to recover quickly before applying the maintenance. BTW - The Microsoft Security Baseline Analyzer is supported software on the Unity server. On a DL380G3, 2CPU server, these updates took about 20 minutes to download and apply. We also use HP Insight Manager on our servers and this past weekend, I also upgraded the Insight Manager agent software to 7.51. Both require reboots, but you can defer the OS patch reboot until after upgrading the HP agent software, if that is something you want to do as well. If you have an IBM server, they probably have something similar for keeping the hardware revs current.

Regards, Ginger

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