AP suffers outage after fumbling patch deployment

The Associated Press suffered a five-hour outage courtesy of a failed effort to install a Microsoft patch.

Maybe AP stands for Associated Patch.

The Associated Press suffered a five-hour outage courtesy of a failed effort to install a Microsoft patch.

According to the AP, the outage started about 3 p.m. EDT after it tried to install a patch recommended by Microsoft. It looks like AP didn't manage the change management well.

The AP was trying to make sure its systems made the security grade before its election coverage next week. In a nutshell, AP switched to its back-up system while patching. Those back-up systems failed. Then the main system went down too and took out the database that sends news and photos to newspapers.

In an apology, the AP said:

AP will not be completing any new deployments or updates to our eAP digital delivery infrastructure between now and the elections. We also will not be making any changes to our satellite delivery systems during this time.

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