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Autonomic Computing, International Conference on (2004)
New York, New York
May 17, 2004 to May 18, 2004
ISBN: 0-7695-2114-2
pp: 106-113
John Dunagan , Microsoft Research
Roussi Roussev , Microsoft Research
Brad Daniels , Microsoft Research
Aaron Johnson , Microsoft Research
Chad Verbowski , Microsoft Research
Yi-Min Wang , Microsoft Research
We describe a new 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.

Y. Wang, C. Verbowski, A. Johnson, J. Dunagan, B. Daniels and R. Roussev, "Towards a Self-Managing Software Patching Process Using Black-Box Persistent-State Manifests," Autonomic Computing, International Conference on(ICAC), New York, New York, 2004, pp. 106-113.
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