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Towards a self-managing software patching process using black-box persistent-state manifests

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6 Author(s)
J. Dunagan ; Microsoft Res., Redmond, WA, USA ; R. Roussev ; B. Daniels ; A. Johnson
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We describe an approach to self-managing software patching. We identify visibility into patch impact as the key missing component in automating the current patching process, and we present a suite of components that provides this visibility by constructing black-box persistent-state manifests through self-monitoring of dependencies. Additionally, we use the component suite to measure the actual impact of recent patches on several important commercial applications.

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Autonomic Computing, 2004. Proceedings. International Conference on

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17-18 May 2004