We are looking to streamline our monthly Microsoft patching process on Production systems. We are a Microsoft SQL shop, running on Windows virtual servers. I am looking for feedback on the following:
1) Do you update the Microsoft patches monthly on Production, after being on Quality systems for a couple weeks.
2) Does your BASIS team or windows/server team install patches manually on the SAP production servers ?
3) Do you stop and start SAP services manually during this process?
4) Is there any best practice document on how SAP shops should do monthly Microsoft patches ?
5) Any companies out there have recommendations on any 3rd party tools to assist this monthly process?
6) Any companies have success writing any scripts to automate this process ?
Any feedback is greatly appreciated.