This really gets my goat.
392 posts • joined 24 Oct 2014
Er... no. Ensure any hardware faults are rectified and if replacing the HDD, reinstall the OS and drivers.
Not "When I press SHIFT ALT CTRL F3 on a Tuesday, my mouse cursor disappears, can you fix that?" or "Can you install Sage?" or "When little Johnny gets to level 12 on <random game> a pink pixel appears in the top right-hand corner of the screen for a split second."
(Spends the next four hours dicking about with DirectX, gets home at 20.00 if lucky)
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Re: It depends
You don't have the luxury of time to test anything. As soon as the patch is released, the bad guys can do a delta of an unpatched system and the patch and work out the vulnerability within minutes. A teenager in his bedroom in Macedonia will work out an exploit within hours.
This isn't the 1990s. Many of your servers will be VMs, so you can take a snapshot, a clone or should it go monkey, restore the VM from backup. Microsoft patches are all installed via Windows Installer, so you can roll back very easily.
Idiots argue if you patch systems, you might break something. The truth is, if you don't patch systems, something's going to get broken.
Now and again you might break something by applying a patch. So what? Stuff breaks each and every day in IT, and each and every day we fix it. That's what we do. Stuff breaks, we fix it.
Ultimately you have two choices: patch ASAP or get pwned.
"an antiquated NEC CPU core that was popular in optical drives back in the day"
So what? Don't knock an IC just because it's old. It may be the perfect choice for the job. Plenty of Z80s still in use running vending machines and so on.
Anyway, iLO2 is obsolete, if you're running beige DL380s with the word Compaq on the front, you've got other problems to worry about.