Patch Management Toolbox

Even though Patch Tuesday only comes once a month, keeping up with the latest security fixes is no easy task. A patch is designed to be a quick fix, but implementing and managing these patches can prove to be quite time consuming, if not practically impossible. Try out the tools in this toolbox to make patch management as easy as possible.

Patch management often tops the list of Windows administrator headaches. Unfortunately, aside from what Microsoft offers, there are not many free patch management programs. In this toolbox we offer links to the old standby WSUS as well as links to free trials of the many commercial Windows patch management products.  

 

Numara Patch Management Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) UpdateEXPERT Premium  
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) PatchLink Security Patch and Vulnerability Management Solution HFNetChk
Service Pack Manager 2000 PatchFactory 3.3 Windows Security Tool Library

 

Numara Patch Management
 

In any IT network, one vulnerable workstation is one too many. Numara™ Patch Manager is the complete patch management solution that scans, updates and downloads patches for Microsoft Operating Systems and applications across your entire network — directly from your desktop.

Download Numara Patch Management
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Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
Recommended patch management tools
Microsoft WSUS enables IT administrators to deploy the latest Microsoft product updates to Microsoft Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP operating systems.

Download Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
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Service Pack Manager 2000
  Service Pack Manager discovers NT/2000/XP/2003 systems and reports on the current OS and Service Pack level. SPM allows you to schedule automatic update of your network systems and more.

Download Service Pack Manager 2000
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Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)
Recommended patch management tools
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is an easy-to-use tool designed for the IT professional that helps small and medium businesses determine their security state in accordance with Microsoft security recommendations and offers specific remediation guidance.

Download Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)
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PatchLink Security Patch and Vulnerability Management Solution
Easy-to-use Patchlink among top patch management solutions
PatchLink is a security patch and vulnerability management solution that combines vulnerability assessment, patch management, network access control and reporting to help organizations address the emerging security threats while minimizing costs and complexity.

Download PatchLink Security Patch and Vulnerability Management Solution
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PatchFactory 3.3
 

PatchFactory performs almost any updating task, including synchronizing files, running an installer, updating your software, and even performing a custom action to keep your customers up-to-date and to significantly reduce your end-user support costs.

Download PatchFactory 3.3
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UpdateEXPERT Premium
Patch Management Learning Guide
UpdateEXPERT Premium is an advanced policy-based patch management solution that greatly speeds and simplifies the patching of systems whether your organization is an SME or large enterprise.

Download UpdateEXPERT Premium
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HFNetChk
Patch management tools: Different types, different approaches
Microsoft has released a tool called HFNetChk that will significantly aid system administrators in staying up to date with security patches.

Download HFNetChk
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This was first published in July 2006

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