Solution:Extension of Microsoft WSUS to Manage Third Party Patches

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Extension of Microsoft WSUS to Manage 3rd Party Patches Capabilities

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Extend the power of Microsoft Windows® Server Update Services (WSUS) with patch management for 3rd party applications

SolarWinds Patch Manager extends the capabilities of Microsoft WSUS, offering a powerful solution for deploying, managing, and reporting on Microsoft and 3rd party patches on tens of thousands of workstations and servers enterprise-wide. Patch Manager uses your existing WSUS infrastructure to create a flexible, powerful enterprise patch management solution that is extremely cost-effective.

Managing patches for 3rd party applications is a time-consuming, tedious, and continuous task that often requires hours upon hours or even days of research, creation, testing, deployment, reporting, troubleshooting, and more. SolarWinds Patch Manager helps companies that are using WSUS to reduce the hours and headaches associated with 3rd party patch management by automatically providing pre-built, tested, and ready-to-deploy packages for common 3rd party applications. What’s more, Patch Manager leverages the Microsoft WSUS infrastructure to enable deployment, management, and reporting for 3rd party patches – right along with your Microsoft patches – all from a central point of control.

More than just a patch catalog…
Unlike other solutions that offer just a patch management catalog, SolarWinds Patch Manager gives you key management capabilities that help you simplify the entire patch management process from patch notification, to import/synchronization, to publishing, approvals, deployment, scheduling, reboots, and more. Then, with SolarWinds Patch Manager’s reporting, you can quickly determine that every patch is implemented as required.

SolarWinds Patch Manager provides these 3rd party patch management benefits for WSUS environments:
  • Extend WSUS to deploy, manage, and report on both Microsoft and 3rd party patches and applications fro m a central point of control
  • Receive pre-built and tested “WSUS-ready” update packages, saving you hours of manual research, testing, and implementation time, and publish to WSUS and deploy on your schedule
  • Receive automatic email or “Outlook® style” alerts when new patches become available from vendors and when patches are synchronized
  • Choose the 3rd party patches your company needs and exclude those that are not needed, and then add links to other catalogs
  • Automatically synchronize the 3rd Party Updates Catalog and other catalogs on a schedule that is convenient for your organization
  • Create your own packages to deploy any MSI, MSP, or EXE through WSUS
  • Use PackageBoot to configure pre- and post-patch deployment actions including stop-and-start services, to bundle multiple files in a package, and to run uninstalls or custom scripts
  • Gain total control of update management with immediate updates, scheduling, reboots, detailed update approval management, and more
  • Dynamically select which updates or machines to deploy based on groups, dates, location, or other criteria
  • Generate powerful management reports by using built-in reports or creating your own
  • Quickly determine which systems need the patch or the software you are trying to deploy
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Gain more control over WSUS with advanced patch management capabilities

SolarWinds Patch Manager provides advanced patch management functionality that gives you more control over Microsoft WSUS and saves you hours of time by eliminating patch management headaches. For example, SolarWinds Patch Manager makes it easy for you to schedule patch management tasks to run during your maintenance window, dynamically choose which patches and which machines need to be patched, and receive notification by email when it’s done. Or do you have a critical update that needs to be implemented quickly? Use the immediate scheduling and reboot functionality to get desktops or servers into compliance ASAP.

Take control with Solarwinds Patch Manager’s advanced patch management and configuration management features:

  • Gain control over when and which desktops, servers, and laptops get patched and rebooted
  • Use PackageBoot to configure pre- and post-patch deployment actions including stop-and-start services, to bundle multiple files in a package, and to run uninstalls or custom scripts
  • Schedule updates to occur when convenient for you – including monthly, on specific days, or for calendar events – and ensure that servers are patched and running within tight maintenance windows
  • Force real-time download and install of updates from the Windows Update Server
  • Dynamically choose computers to be updated based on Active Directory® Domain, Organizational Unit membership, WSUS computer group membership, computer role, computer last contact time, and more, and organize machines into logical groups for easier patch management
  • Quickly choose which patches to implement based on date released or other criteria
  • Use advanced shutdown, reboot, and wake-on-LAN capabilities to ensure that offline desktops, servers, and even virtual systems get patched successfully
  • Force refresh of Group Policy on machines
  • Diagnose, repair, and force re-install of the Windows Update Agent
  • Use detailed approval delegation to request approvals from specific IT administrators and get required approval to implement approved updates more quickly
  • Use “Wizard-driven” update management to get multiple servers and desktops into compliance quickly
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Perform enterprise-wide inventory and discovery leveraging the WSUS infrastructure

SolarWinds Patch Manager leverages the WSUS infrastructure to perform full inventory and discovery across all desktops and servers – both physical and virtual – throughout your IT enterprise. SolarWinds Patch Manager can retrieve thousands of unique pieces of system information from all the systems in your environment, including some that you may not be aware of. Once the data is collected, you can use SolarWinds reporting to get the answers you need regarding patches, system configurations, client health, and more.

SolarWinds Patch Manager provides these enterprise inventory and discovery benefits

  • Leverage the WSUS infrastructure to take an enterprise-wide inventory of all systems, desktops, servers – both virtual and physical. Discover domains, workgroups, TCP/IP connected devices, services, and more
  • Gather over 200 system details from all desktops, laptops, and servers – both physical and virtual – and easily generate reports on any system details to analyze client health
  • Identify un-patched, vulnerable servers and workstations
  • Identify unmanaged or rogue machines, devices, and domains, improperly configured servers and workstations, or machines that are running vulnerable software applications
  • View and edit the configuration of resources on the network without disturbing end-users
  • Build an enterprise-wide asset list of both physical and virtual desktops, servers, and laptops
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Get visibility into patch compliance and status with easy-to-use reporting options

SolarWinds Patch Manager gives you visibility into patch compliance and status with an extensive collection of easy-to-use, built-in reports or allows you to easily build your own patch management reports – no SQL Server® Reporting Services required. With the easy-to-use reporting options provided by Patch Manager, you easily determine the status of patches throughout your environment and reliably demonstrate to auditors and IT teams that all systems are patched and compliant – or easily find those that are not.

For example, Patch Manager’s reports can help you answer these basic patch management questions in just a few simple steps:

  • What is the status of the security and critical updates that were recently released by Microsoft?
  • What is the status of the recent security and critical updates released on “this date” for Adobe® Reader and Mozilla® Firefox®?
  • What is the status of anti-virus definitions being updated? Is the anti-virus solution installed?
  • What are the security-related Group Policy Settings and how are they configured enterprise-wide?

Patch Manager provides these patch management and IT systems reporting benefits:

  • Easily create patch status and compliance reports with an extensive collection of built-in reports
  • Create your own reports with an easy-to-use custom report builder
  • Get great depth and breadth in reporting for more effective update approvals, easier report targeting
  • Use “all-in-one reporting” functionality to view multiple layers of update management information in a siingle report
  • Execute reports immediately or on a schedule
  • Configure report export formats and set automatic email notifications
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Extension of Microsoft WSUS to Manage Third Party Patches with SolarWinds Patch Manager Software

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