Windows 8.1 Update: The IT Pro Perspective:
I'm copying a comment that I agree with completely. In the zeal of Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley today on the TWIT web cast talking about BUILD no one talked about the risk of this update and the fact that this isn't an optional update, it's a mandatory one. We HAVE to get this installed.
So far I'm seeing issues with moving folders (don't do that - expected honestly as I saw it with the 8 upgrade), issues with possible system corruption (run the DISM command if it gets stuck), and finally a concerning issue with 2012 R2 and Veeam backup software.
"The KB2919355 article states "All future security and nonsecurity updates for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 require this update to be installed".
What happened to Microsoft’s Lifecycle policy with providing customers with a 24 month timeframe before ending support of a superseded operating system RTM / Service Pack level ??
This update is effectively equivalent to a Service Pack, if not more so as it also contains functionality changes for both the operating system and browser. According to the KB article it is a hefty 768mb in size.
By immediately withdrawing all future security updates for Windows 8.1 RTM in the eyes of most enterprise customers you are effectively performing an immediate End-of-Life on Windows 8.1 RTM itself.
This places enterprise customers who are in the midst of a Win8.1 RTM rollout in a very precarious position given that they are now forced to introduce this very large update into their SOE in a very short timeframe.
There’s always a higher risk of introducing breakages with an update of this size as well, and by dropping patch support with little notice Microsoft is not leaving any time for enterprises to conduct a reasonable QA effort on ‘Update 1’ or deal with any subsequent issues/defects that arise. So the enterprise customers are faced with a dilemma, either deploy this major update immediately with a reduced level of QA, or run the risk of being unpatched if a major security incident occurs.
I know that Microsoft wants its customer base to adopt updates to its Windows platform faster, but immediately dropping security patching on the Win 8.1 RTM release is just plain crazy."