In case you haven’t heard, Solarwinds recently acquired a company called Eminentware that provided a set of products for patch management.  Prior to the acquisition, Eminentware sold three extension packs for Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), and 3rd Party Updates.  Now that Eminentware is a proud new member of the Solarwinds family, we’ve combined all three extension packs into a single product called Patch Manager.  This means that you can now buy a single Solarwinds product for patching in your WSUS environment, SCCM, or Windows-based 3rd party applications like Adobe or Java.

The real value of Patch Manager is the ability to streamline the arduous process of ensuring the applications in your environment are up to date with the latest patches.  This is particularly important from a security perspective, as many hacks out in the wild exploit known security vulnerabilities in older versions of software.  Making sure your environment is up to date with the latest patches and security updates ensures your environment is less susceptible to attacks and exploits from hackers.  Patch Manager not only streamlines the process of deploying the latest patches, but it also gives you a great deal of visibility into that status of your environment in terms of which machines need to be patched, and which machines are at greatest risk.

You’re going to ask, if I already have WSUS or SCCM, why do I need Patch Manager?  Patch Manager was purposefully built on top of these existing solutions to provide much greater control and flexibility in terms of how patches are deployed and where critical updates are needed in your environment.  While WSUS or SCCM will tell you which patches are available, they’re not going to give any visibility into where those patches need to be deployed in your environment.  Patch Manager gives you the ability to build complex, multi-step workflows around how patches are deployed, including the ability to schedule patches around maintenance windows or times that won’t impact end users of the systems being patched.   

Patch Manager also gives you the ability to patch Windows-based 3rd party applications like Adobe Reader, Flash, and Java.  Given the variance of these applications in terms of how they’re deployed, what the prerequisites are, and the frequency in which updates are released, ensuring they’re up to date can be prohibitively time consuming without the proper tools.  Patch Manager’s Package Boot technology makes this much easier and greatly simplifies the process of building and deploying patches for 3rd party applications.

Check out the video below for a quick tour of the product.  You can also read more about how Patch Manager works with WSUS, SCCM, and its ability to patch 3rd party updates. Pricing starts at $1195 for 100 nodes; get a quote for your environment here. As usual, you can try before you buy.   Download a trial version here and let us know what you think.