in terms of patching sql server 2016 to the latest cumulative patches, I found out that stopping the services helps avoiding lots of inconveniences, specially if there is log shipping and replication involved:
when upgrading to the newest SSMS, stopping the services does not seem to make the uninstall of the old version go quicker, it is indeed a very slow process.
same slow is the installation.
even having the relevant services stopped for this operation:
Plus a reboot at the end of the process.
Is there anything that can be done, in order to automate or optimise the process of installing the new SSMS (currently 18.5.1)?