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New resource for help in patching – Patchzone.org

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Since SolarWinds acquired Eminentware earlier this year, we have been interested in all things patch.  The product team noticed there is lack of an organized community focused on the topic of patch management, and decided we would create one.  Last week, we announced PatchZone, which is a new space in thwack where IT pros can go to get news and tips on patching Microsoft & 3rd party applications – regardless of whether you are patching with Patch Manager.  Expert guidance is provided by Microsoft MVPs, and our very own Lawrence Garvin (Patch Manager product manager).  You will also see guest blogs by subject matter experts who have implemented vulnerability management solutions in both very large and small IT shops.  Some of the topics you will see on PatchZone, now and in the future include:

  • Patching virtual machines & off line systems
  • Where do application vulnerabilities lurk and which apps should be prioritized for patching
  • Patching, testing & application compatibility
  • Best practices for scheduling your systems’ patching
  • The difference between patching 3rd party apps with SCCM & a third party patching solution
  • Table of 3rd party app updates – with critical updates noted in red with Security Bulletin

We hope you find this community educational.  If you have a topic you would like to see covered, please let us know.

About the Author
I'm a Head Geek and technical product marketing manager at SolarWinds. I wrote my first computer program in RPG-II in 1974 to calculate quadratic equations and tested it on some spare weekend cycles on an IBM System/3 that I ‘borrowed’ from my father’s employer. After that I dabbled, studied, and actually programmed in just about every language known for the past 40 years; worked on a half-dozen different variants of Unix on 3B2s, RS6000s, HP9000s, Sparc workstations, and Intel systems; connected to CompuServe on a 300 baud modem; ran a FidoNet BBS on OS/2 on a 9600 bps modem; and started working with Windows when Windows NT4 was still the latest operating system. Along the way, I did a few years in database programming and database administration. I installed some of the first ADSL and SDSL Internet circuits in Texas, and then migrated into full-time Windows systems management, which had a lot to do with my interest in SUS and WSUS 10 years ago. This ultimately led me to EminentWare in 2009, and SolarWinds three years later.
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