Re: Patch Management

From: Steven L Umbach (
Date: 01/28/05

Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 01:19:55 -0600

OK. I have never used it myself but Microsoft SMS is the not free patch
mangement solution that can do a lot more. I don't know if it will fit your
bill but you may want to check it out at the link below. --- Steve

"Molnir" <> wrote in message
> "Steven L Umbach" wrote:
>> As Danny referred to Software Update Services is freely available and
>> works
>> well. It installs on a server running IIS on your domain, preferrerably
>> one
>> that is not using IIS for anything else. The nice thing about SUS is that
>> you can download the updates to your SUS server from Microsoft, approve
>> the
>> ones you want to issue, and the domain computers will pull the updates
>> from
>> your SUS server. It can also distribute Service Packs and domain clients
>> can
>> be configured via Group Policy to automate the whole patching process
>> without requiring the domain user to be a local administrator. When you
>> setup SUS I suggest you use the manual/advanced option so you can specify
>> the drive to store the downloaded updates. --- Steve
> Thanks for the responses.
> I've used SUS before, but not in an environment this large. The two
> problems
> that we have with SUS is that it currently only supports OS patches (we'd
> like something that does SQL, Office, etc. as well) and there's no method
> for
> determining what workstations actually successfully download the updates
> (in
> other words, reporting is nil).
> Thanks again.

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