What is Pacific Software Update Service?
During the course of the past years, there have been major outbreaks of worms and viruses within PacificNet. Many of these vulnerabilities were protected by Microsoft patches that had been released days, weeks, or in some cases, months beforehand. The primary issue for the University is the lack of a managed desktop patching schedule to automatically deploy these fixes. In light of this situation, OIT has developed a Software Update Service for all staff, faculty, and student desktops upon their inclusion in Pacific's Active Directory.
For those departments which are not already cut over to Active Directory, OIT has created the installable packages below to enable your machine to still actively participate in our Software Update Service. If you are not sure whether you are participating in the Pacific Active Directory, please check with your local Technical Support Provider (TSP) or contact the Customer Support Center (CSC) at 209.946.7400 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requirements: Windows 2000 or Later. Windows95/98/NT/ME are not supported in either the Pacific Active Directory nor the Software Update Service.
The current, default schedule for the application of any patches occurs every morning at 3:00 am and forces a reboot when required. If the machine is offline at 3:00 am (it was turned off, etc), the next time the machine comes onto Pacific Net it will be patched and rebooted (if required).
Note: Installing the above software will not damage your computer if you are already participating in the Active Directory environment. The enhancements are identical to the policies distributed through Pacific's Active Directory.