We look at Windows patch management solutions -- some that are free from Microsoft, some free from third parties, and some are commercial third-party solutions.
| Server-tutorials Article Published March 8, 2017
Continuing our deep dive into Active Directory health checks, our latest Server Tutorial illustrates the need for regularly backing up AD Partitions in an Active Directory forest environment and shares a script to help you with the process.
| Server-tutorials Article Published January 30, 2017
Our latest Server Tutorial reveals why it's imperative to avoid designating manual bridgehead servers in a large Active Directory production environment and how to easily check for this issue.
| Server-tutorials Article Published December 12, 2016
Discover how and why it's vital to ensure your OS and Active Directory files are stored on separate storage spindles and your domain controllers are not running low on disk space.
| Tutorials Article Published December 16, 2004
We conclude our overview of Windows patch management solutions with a look at UpdateEXPERT, a unique offering that allows agent-based and agentless implementations, as well as implementations with a mix of both.
| Tutorials Article Published October 20, 2004
PatchLink was an early entrant in the patch management arena. Today, its flagship product, PatchLink Update, is a major player in this space. We continue our discussion of third-party patch management solutions with a look at this offering.
| Tutorials Article Published September 29, 2004
We continue our discussion of third-party patch management products, this time taking a look at BigFix's server-based BigFix Enterprise Suite and its agent-based client software, the Fixlet messaging component.
| Tutorials Article Published July 14, 2004
Our Windows Patch Management series shifts its focus to examine patch management products from third-party vendors. First up: Shavlik Technologies, one of the pioneers in this space.
| Tutorials Article Published June 16, 2004
For our final look at Microsoft's patch management solutions, we overview the latest iteration of SMS 2.0 SUS Feature Pack, as implemented in the recently released SMS 2003, and discuss what's next on the vendor's patch management road map.
| Tutorials Article Published June 4, 2004
We conclude our coverage of SMS' role in Windows patch management with an examination of configuration requirements and application prerequisites.
| Tutorials Article Published May 7, 2004
Microsoft's SUS Feature Pack aims to meet a broad spectrum of enterprise needs, including asset inventory, software deployment, and license monitoring. We dissect the key improvements and components in the latest release.
| Tutorials Article Published April 23, 2004
Microsoft's SUS tool is designed to enable a highly customized deployment infrastructure by facilitating patch selectivity. We complete our coverage of SUS with a look at client settings, advanced configuration options, and future plans.
| Tutorials Article Published April 8, 2004
Unlike the free patch deployment tools previously covered in this series, Microsoft's Software Update Services tool is designed to enable a highly customized deployment infrastructure by facilitating patch selectivity. We discuss SUS' features and benefits, as well as how to install, configure, and administer it.
| Tutorials Article Published March 24, 2004
The ability to scan for Microsoft Office updates has long been limited to the computer on which the scan is launched. But change is under way. We overview the Office Update Inventory Tool, which can scan multiple computers to determine if upgrades are needed.
| Tutorials Article Published February 26, 2004
The most basic patch-related technology available in Windows 2000 and above is Windows Update. The functionality relies on cooperation between client and server components, but gives administrators a host of options for configuring the tool. We continue our patching series with a focus on these choices.
| Tutorials Article Published January 28, 2004
We begin our discussion of free Windows patching solutions with a look at general techniques for querying registry and launch processes on local and remote systems. We also examine various scripting solutions.