dThe latest patch update for Firefox 13.0.1 , which was updated in the SolarWinds Patch Manager Catalog today, contains 3 bug fixes and also includes all of the security updates made in version 13. Below are the bug fixes-see the release notesfor more info. Patch Management & WSUS patch management simplified!
• Windows Messenger did not load in Hotmail, and the Hotmail inbox did not auto-update (764546, fixed in 13.0.1)
• Hebrew text sometimes rendered incorrectly (756850, fixed in 13.0.1)
• Flash 11.3 sometimes caused a crash on quit (747683, fixed in 13.0.1)
In addition, Mozilla Thunderbird also released a minor update – 13.0.1 - which contains a few bug fixes.
• YouSendIt no longer expires Filelinks after 1 week
• The prompt given when a password had changed sometimes referred to a network error rather than a change of password
• Some Linux users may have been unable to start Thunderbird from outside the installation directory
• Miscellaneous other stability and display updates
For the complete patch management solution, view the list of the latest 3rd party application updates, check out this table.
In this recent blog post post by Earl Perkins of Gartner, he describes some of the factors behind the increased challenge of supporting mobile workers for security and access to mobile applications. Some of those trends include:
Providing access to enterprise applications through mobile devices should be as simple as deploying existing policies & procedures to this new domain. In many cases, however, the breadth of technology in place for management has not yet caught up with the demands of users. What many vendors offer today are point solutions. For example, they may provide application access to one type of device (a point product solution) or a vendor may offer a secure platform that works with many device types (MEAPs). SolarWinds Mobile Admin software blends the best of both worlds by providing a secure platform for multiple devices, and provides out of the box mobile access to over 40 IT management software products. Mobile Admin did not re-invent the wheel to provide secure mobile access but leverages existing security infrastructure.
Mobile Admin’s client-server architecture features a fully-integrated security model that provides both data encryption and user authentication to insure a very high security level across the 40+ IT management features it supports.
Below are examples of how companies can leverage the existing security infrastructure to provide secure mobile access to enterprise applications.
Mobile Admin integrates with Active directory which can be configured so only wanted users can access Mobile Admin and even only specific applications within Mobile Admin. This is a great security feature since the network rights are already determined and the accepted authority is still Active directory.
So you are out to dinner with the family and you get a call from a high priority user complaining of a system outage. Your’re confident his issue is related to a virtual machine in your vSphere deployment. There is not much you can do since you are away from your desk or laptop, but in the meantime you would like to be able to triage this situation and get notified if this issue escalates.
Here is how you would do that with Mobile Admin and your trusty iPhone (Android, or other mobile device). First, connect to the Mobile Admin server from your Mobile Admin client and open Mobile Admin’s VMware interface.
View a list of ESX servers, virtual machines, data centers and resource pools – similar to how you would view them at your desk. Keep in mind that Mobile Admin can connect to vSphere servers or directly to ESX servers.
Suppose the virtual machine that you think is the source of the problem is ‘Rove-c45.’ You can clearly see that this vm is in a
First thing you need to do is get the virtual machine running again for your high priority user. Select the ‘Rove-c45’ vm...
Hit the menu button...
And power on the vm....
Once you confirm the power on command completed successfully you can leave a note in
the vm’s settings page to let others know of the issue...
Now you need to find out why this machine went into a suspended state. First you check the event log for this machine. To do this, select Events from the menu. Viewing the event log entries you see the machine powered on a few weeks ago, a reminder to install VMware tools and then the machine entering a suspended state. There’s not much to go on here so you will need to find the root cause when you get back to your desk.
In the meantime you need to keep this vm up and running for your user so you would like to be informed immediately if this machine goes into a suspended state. This is done via Mobile Admin’s Notifications feature. To set up a notification that will inform you of a new event for vm ‘Rove-c45’, you just select ‘Subscribe to this feed...’, then give the feed a name and optional contact info... In two clicks you are now set up to be notified on your phone that a new event has occurred for this vm.
Unfortunately, you do get a notification a few minutes later....
From the iOS notification center youcan open the Mobile Admin client directly to the list of events from vSphere for the vm you are watching.
Selecting the most recent event gives you some bad news. The vm is entering a suspended state again...Mobile Admin’s Notification system has informed you that the fix didn’t take.
At this point you are already in Mobile Admin’s VMware interface so you can quickly power on the vm again, add more ram and CPU power or even change the vm’s resource pool settings. Or you could also leverage the power of other Mobile Admin interfaces: manage the Windows OS, Telnet, RDP, VNC, or SSH to the VM, or open a support ticket in BMC Remedy.
Using this scenario, you can see how to triage a VMware issue and set up notifications for status without too much interference on your personal life.
In addition to VMware, Mobile Admin works for a ton of other applications like Active Directory, Windows, and SolarWinds Orion.