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Recommended patch management tools

What's a good Windows patch deployment tool/program? Is there a free one from Microsoft?
There are many vendors that provide Windows-based patch management tools. There have been several comparison articles published; for an overview of some older comparisons, check: http://patchmanagement.org/comparisons.asp. Microsoft also provides some solutions, including MBSA and WSUS.

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This was first published in April 2006

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