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Is there any RSS feed or mailing list where notifications about released Windows Updates are sent to?

I'm not interested in security news feed or bulletins. All I need to be notified about is that an update has been released that will eventually be offered in Windows Update feature on client stations.

The background is that I have a set of—one per each OS version and architecture, ranging from Windows 2000 to Windows 7 and from Windows Server 2003 to 2008—where I always want to do updates manually. (Since the machines are almost constantly used for automated testing, I want to avoid any scheduling or management—anything that could possibly interfere with the tests.)

The best way to manage this I can imagine is having an RSS feed that I would check, and each time I'd see new update coming (or enough smaller updates piling up), I'd go through the set and update machines as soon as I consider it's good moment to do so.

P.S.: Bonus points for answer that would also include Microsoft Update, i.e. Office updates and such.

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There is a site that does just that. But sadly I cannot remember nor find it on google. Think it was kbinfo.org, but it's not. –  motobói Feb 18 '12 at 12:12

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I know of three ways to get this info in various methods:

1. TechNet Technical Security Notifications

  • You can receive these via RSS or Email.
  • Varying levels of information depending on what you want/need to know.
  • Only support MS products. But supports all currently supported MS products.

Get it here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/dd252948

2. Microsoft Security Newletter

  • More of a power-user informational alert.
  • Monthly notification email with released bulletins and patches and other security related information from MS.
  • Still limited to MS patches and information.
  • Email only.

Get it here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/cc307424

3. Shavlik XML update bulletin

  • Provides notifications of updates for wide array of common software, including all currently supported MS OSes and products, several different browsers, common plugins, media players, chat clients, programming tools, etc.
  • Email only.
  • May be a day or two later than other notifications as each patch is tested and approved by Shavlik/VMWare prior to publishing.

Get it here: http://www.shavlik.com/support/xmlsubscribe.aspx

Notes:

While these are just notifications, using a WSUS server or a third-party tools such as Shavlik (which I've used extensively) allows you to manage patching on as automated or manual a level as you like, and both WSUS and Shavlik will make deployment much easier.

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Alois, does this answer your question? –  music2myear Feb 27 '12 at 14:22
    
yes, very nice compilation. +1. What seemed to best fit what I was looking for was the Basic Alerts from TechNet. I did not receive anything in 3+ days from there, though, which seems to be a technical difficulty (maybe I'll just try another RSS reader). But there are still three other options :) –  Alois Mahdal Feb 28 '12 at 10:21
    
Glad to be of service. –  music2myear Feb 28 '12 at 14:25

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