Windows IT Pro Weighs in on Shavlik Patch

You’ve heard a lot of talk from us about the new Shavlik Patch for Microsoft System Center, but you may be wondering, “What are people who don’t have the word ‘Shavlik’ on their business cards saying about this new product?”

Windows IT Pro Community Manager Rod Trent answered just that in his article Shavlik Patch for System Center Simplifies Securing the Other 86 Percent of Windows Vulnerabilities. Trent is a leading expert on Microsoft System Center technologies and has more than 25 years of IT experience.

Here are some of his insights.

  • “…86% of reported vulnerabilities come from third-party applications, 10% comes from the operating system itself, and 4% is attributed to the hardware.”
  • “Shavlik Patch for System Center takes a normally manual process for third party application patches and automates it such that administrators can have the confidence that the ‘other 86%’ of known vulnerabilities are covered.”
  • “Shavlik was one of the first vendors to understand the need to patch products other than those provided by Microsoft. …the company knows patching.”
  • “Configuration is easy and scheduling is provided to automate the download of deployable .cab files and publishing of updates.”
  • “In addition to the console integration, the product also takes full advantage of the capabilities built into ConfigMgr for targeted deployments of software patches.”

Learn more about Shavlik Patch for Microsoft System Center or download a free trial here.

 

Shavlik Joins Microsoft System Center Alliance

Shavlik is happy to announce we have joined the Microsoft System Center Alliance Program. By joining the Alliance Program, Shavlik is reaffirming its commitment to customers who use System Center Configuration Manager.

“Shavlik is thrilled to be part of the Microsoft System Center Alliance Program,” said Marshall Smith, Vice President of Partnering and Operations for Shavlik. “We have patched Microsoft and third-party applications since the beginnings of Shavlik, and we plan to continue empowering our customers with our popular SCUPdates, Management Intelligence, and additional Shavlik products that add value for System Center customers.”

“Our membership in the Alliance will help us continue to foster the communication required to shape and refine our products and to meet the needs of our mutual customers.”

Shavlik SCUPdates eliminates the time-consuming task of researching and creating the updates required to patch third-party products via SCCM. After downloading the SCUPdates catalog and importing desired patches into Configuration Manager using System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP), users can manage and deploy third-party updates from within SCCM in the same manner in which they manage Microsoft updates.

“System Center 2012 R2, with its trailblazing functionality, provides a solid foundation for third parties such as Shavlik to build on and add value for customers,” said Brian Hillger, Director, Product Marketing, Microsoft Corporation.

“With SCUPdates, Shavlik is helping customers keep third-party applications patched and secure with consistent accuracy and ease-of-use. Microsoft is pleased to welcome Shavlik into the System Center Alliance.”

Shavlik Management Intelligence extends SCCM data for effective asset management.

Read the full article here to learn more about the Alliance Program as well as how Shavlik can help you extend the capabilities of Configuration Manager.

 

Is patch management a solved problem?

Gartner says, “no.”

In his article, Patch Not a Solved Problem, Gartner Research Director Anton Chuvakin explains the misconception in our industry that Patch Management challenges are a thing of the past. He cites continued struggles with third-party patching as the reason Patch Management remains at least partially unsolved in today’s IT organizations.

How are you addressing this in your SCCM environment?

Shavlik Systems Engineer John Rush and I sat down to discuss how you can come a whole lot closer to solving the Patch Management problem with Shavlik SCUPdates for SCCM.

Check out the “Extend patching in Microsoft System Center with SCUPdates” webinar at http://www.shavlik.com/webinars/ to learn more.