Unpatched applications are perfect entry points for security attacks, thus making patch management one of the most critical processes in vulnerability management. You may be using Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for patch management and it might work well for you, but only as long as they are Microsoft updates!!
Microsoft applications aren’t the only ones that are vulnerable to threats. Third-party applications such as Adobe, Opera, Google or Mozilla, etc. can bring in more vulnerabilities than ever before. The consequences of exploitation of such vulnerabilities can have a devastating impact upon your IT environment. The recent Opera Security breach and Microsoft Yammer authentication vulnerabilities are great examples and should serve as cautionary tales.
As we all know, addressing threats from third-party applications can be time-consuming and disrupting in the ever-busy, day-to-day schedule of an IT administrator, especially if you’re relying on Microsoft-only management tools. For example, to manage non-Microsoft patches you need Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) to import third-party software update catalogs. But the problem is that you get very few pre-built and tested packages for deployment with SCCM.
Time to leverage SolarWinds Patch Manager
SolarWinds Patch Manager extends the power of Microsoft® SCCM and WSUS to help you easily keep desktops, laptops, and servers patched and secure with the latest updates for both Microsoft and non-Microsoft applications. Very importantly, it provides you with pre-built, tested, and ready-to-deploy patches for common third-party applications so you can save hours of time while resting assured your environment stays patched and compliant.
During the installation of Patch Manager, a detection is run to see if the SCCM console exists. If so, it will directly integrate with the Patch Manager tools. Once integrated, all of Patch Manager’s tools are made available directly within the SCCM console (Note: this integration will only be visible on the server hosting Patch Manager / SCCM console).
Here are some key advantages of using Patch Manager on top of SCCM:
Simplifies and streamlines patching of both Microsoft and third-party applications
Provides centralized and detailed visibility into application inventories and patch status
Enables easy automation of pre- and post-deployment actions without complicated scripting
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