Using Hotpatching Technology to Reduce Servicing Reboots

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

This document describes Hotpatching technology and its use in deploying software updates for the Microsoft® Windows Server® 2003 operating systems. Hotpatching enables you to install software update packages without a system reboot or interruption in services or processes.

In This White Paper

Introduction to Hotpatching

Hotpatch Package Structure

Deployment Strategy

Limitations and Compatibility Issues

Package Installation