Patch Manager v1.73 is now available for download in your customer portal. This interim release specifically addresses the changes in Patch Manager functionality that will be affected by the Microsoft KB2661254 update to be released on the next Patch Tuesday - August 14, 2012. Please see the Release Notes and Product Blog post for additional details regarding this update.
thwack has a new space – Patchzone. This is a space dedicated to the topics of patching Microsoft and 3rd party applications, custom application patching and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) client administration. Check out Patchzone for interesting blogs, whitepapers, webcasts and patching news including a table with 3rd party updates.
How is Patchzone different from the Patch Manager space? The SolarWinds Patch Manager space provides helpful tips and tricks for deploying Microsoft and 3rd party updates using Patch Manager, and is a great venue for our product management team to engage with customers on upcoming features. Patchzone provides general tips and best practices on the topic of patch management – regardless if you are using Patch Manager.
How do I engage? Check out Patchzone, comment on existing blogs and contact Kuvlesky if you have any topics you would like to see addressed.
New VoIP Network Quality Manager, VoIP Troubleshooting with Detailed CDRs – Free Webcast Tuesday, July 10
Need help monitoring and troubleshooting VoIP performance and quality? Join SolarWinds for a sneak peek of our newest product, VoIP and Network Quality Manager (VNQM). VNQM provides the ability to monitor, alert, and troubleshoot VoIP call performance and quality by correlating call detail records with network performance statistics. See how easy it is to pinpoint network issues that are impacting VoIP call quality before you hear from your users.
Orion Integration – Now in your Orion console, you'll be able to view important patch management data alongside other SolarWinds products in the integrated web console. You'll be able to see information like the latest available patches, top 10 missing patches in your environment, and general health overview of your environment based on which patches have been applied.
Integration with System Center Configuration Manager 2012. Today, Patch Manager is integrated with System Center Configuration Manager 2007.
Improved configuration – This next release will automatically install WMI providers on Patch Manager servers, automatically launch wizards to setup 3rd party updating, and provide remediation suggestions for commonly encountered WSUS errors.