I am again reading another story about the NSA. This one is from ZDNet titled, Yahoo Reveals US Government Made 13,000 Requests for User Data. I am finding myself struggling with a solid opinion on the controversy over the NSA [...]
Smoke testing is a term used to describe the testing process for servers after patches are applied.
The process typically involves making sure servers are rebooted in the right order, making sure they have completely rebooted, restarting applications in the right order, and then testing to be certain everything is working properly when users return to work in the morning.
This typically takes 30 minutes per server, depending upon your environment.
PCs are not typically smoke tested, or if so, not all of them.