Windows 10 branch upgrades and Shavlik Protect 9.2 Update 3 available!

win10 It has been a busy week here with the 4th of July holiday and a couple of content and product releases.

On Tuesday we released a content update which added support for pushing Windows 10 1511 to Windows 10 1507 systems.  Shavlik Protect 9.2 now supports branch upgrades! For instructions on how to upgrade Window 10 systems to branch 1511, please see our community post.

With the Windows 10 Anniversary update coming on August 2nd, those Windows 10 systems running the original 1507 branch will start their countdown to end of support for updates.  Microsoft has stated a 4 month grace period once a new branch releases before the N-2 branch stops receiving updates.

The recommended approach to supporting these branch upgrades is to keep a pilot group moving ahead to the new branch soon after it releases.  Those systems on the previous Current Branch for Business (in this case 1507) should start migrating to the new CBB (1511).  The 1608 (Anniversary update) branch will become the new Current Branch and you will have around 8 to 10 months to evaluate this within your pilot group before the next branch update releases.

On Thursday this week we released Update 3 for Shavlik Protect 9.2.  This update includes several customer reported bug fixes.  For more details or to download the latest installer visit our downloads page.

More than half of our customer base has already moved to Protect 9.2 and are taking advantage of the great new features and speed of Protect 9.2.  For those customers still on 9.1 or 9.0 please keep in mind that these versions will reach end of service this year.  Protect 9.0 is ending service as it was scheduled to do, but Protect 9.1 is being moved forward because of SHA 1 end of life.  Protect 9.2 supports SHA 256 and after upgrading will migrate the Protect Console and Agent certificates over to SHA 256.  For more details please see our product life-cycle policy here.

  • Shavlik Protect 9.0 will reach end of service on 2016/10/19.
  • Shavlik Protect 9.1 will reach end of service on 2016/12/31.
  • Shavlik Protect Threat Protection in Advanced and AV Add-On editions will also reach end of service on 2016/12/31.

 

 

Beyond Patch: Shavlik Protect Anti-Virus

Having effective patch management and anti-virus practices are two of the most basic building blocks of network security.

However, this often requires separate software solutions that come with separate agents and most importantly, separate costs. With Shavlik Protect’s antivirus, you can bring together what all too often is separate:  patch and A/V.

Shavlik’s anti-virus solution provides:

  • Access to patch and antivirus capabilities as well as reporting from a single console
  • A single-agent for managing patch, anti-virus, and anti-spyware policies
  • The ThreatTrack Security VIPRE engine

Check out this video where Shavlik Product Evangelist John Rush walks you through the anti-virus capabilities within Shavlik Protect. For more information, please contact us at sales@shavlik.com.

Protect wins the Information Security™ Magazine and SearchSecurity.com's 2013 Readers’ Choice Award for Vulnerability Management

Thank you Shavlik users for making Shavlik Protect the Information Security ™ Magazine and SearchSecurity.com  2013 Readers’ Choice Award winner. Shavlik Protect received gold in the vulnerability management category and was among the highest scorers this year in any category.

“Shavlik is honored to receive Gold in the 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards,” said Steve Morton, Chief Marketing Officer for Shavlik. “This award not only validates the hard work of our employees but also reinforces and shows the high level of trust our clients place in us and their positive experience with Shavlik Protect.”

From all of us, thank you for this honor and more importantly, your continued confidence in and support of the Shavlik family of products.

Shavlik NetChk Protect 7.8 Beta Coming Soon!

NetChk Protect 7.8 is nearing Beta.  We have a good list of participants started already, but there is room for more. Requests will be on a first come first serverd basis.  If you would like to participate please contact us at Beta@Shavlik.com.  This release boasts many new features, but there are a couple in particular that I know people are interested in.

Agent SP Deployment:  Now you can approve SPs and allow the agent to deploy them in a more automated fashion.

VM features:  Template support, snapshotting, state aware scan and deployment to on and offline VMs.

Archive File Support:  This will open up to more supported products, but I will just say one thing and I know many of you will understand what I am talking about.  Bye bye Apple Application Support.  Yes, this is the release where we say goodbye to the pain of patching Apple products.

DB Maintenance: Purge old data script is now built into the product under this new feature set.

There are many more new features to play with.  Join the beta and get an inside look at the exciting new feature set coming your way around mid March.

Regards,

Chris Goettl
Agile Product Owner
Shavlik Technologies