Windows may eventually update without reboots!

Windows Vista is rumored to have a feature which allows upgrades without reboots. The guys I worked with at a Milwaukee company will appreciate this. In 1999 they were installing 21 applications and security updates onto Wintel PCs. This required 21 scripted reboots on each of several thousand corporate desktops. As you can imagine, this took a long time and 60-70,000 reboots presented many opportunities for failure. "Restart Manager" sounds like a pale imitation of what unix has had for decades and not even close to what Solaris has with live upgrade, hot swappable CPUs and Solaris service manager. But you have to start somewhere right?

svcadm disable gloat
pkgadmin upgrade SUNWgloat
svcadm enable gloat
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Ummm. Correct me if I am wrong, but Solaris Kernel patches are recommended to be installed in single-user mode, yes? Seems like its pretty much a reboot to me. And every Live Upgrade I've done. I've rebooted to switch to the new image. Is this not the case? Is there a magic way to dynamically morph into the new image without rebooting?

Posted by guest on December 03, 2005 at 04:04 PM GMT+00:00 #

Brian, "Is this message from the same company who is NOW changing their web browser software to comply with EOLAS patents?" Interesting, most of what is 'truly' novel within IT today eminates from a SMB and largely consists of FREE (GPL) code! (Recall Java and OpenSolaris are CDDL!)

Posted by William R. Walling on December 04, 2005 at 03:08 PM GMT+00:00 #

Kernel patches and upgrades, yes you may have to reboot, but generally not for libraries, applications and configuration changes. This was the case for MS Windows. (O.K. XP network reconfiguration theoretically doesn't require a reboot but my experience has been that you reconfigure, try to connect, it fails, you run repair, it fails, you reboot and it finally works.)

Posted by bnitz on December 04, 2005 at 04:43 PM GMT+00:00 #

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