PatchLink Update 6.4 automatically updates networks with patches while checking the patching status of all machines on the network. It automatically identifies unpatched software, then provides and installs the correct patches.
Lumension Security Inc.'s PatchLink Update 6.4 automatically assesses computer networks, making sure patches are up to date, providing missing patches and monitoring the network to keep it properly patched.
It gives IT administrators a centralized view of all network vulnerabilities, then continually scans all endpoints so the network remains patched. It deploys multiple patches quickly and automatically sends email alerts when patch deployments have failed. PatchLink Update 6.4 creates patch profiles that include all software, hardware and drivers, as well as existing and missing patches for each machine. It delivers more than 20 standard reports that document vulnerabilities, patch deployments, patch status, trends and inventory at individual and multiple machine levels, so IT managers can show network compliance progress.
PatchLink Update 6.4's new features include the following:
- Microsoft Active Directory integration.
- Nested groups that improve productivity through easy set up for groups.
- Delegation of remediation and reporting activities.
- Support for Microsoft's Vista operating system.
System requirements: Hardware for server component -- 512 MB RAM, single 1.4 GHz Pentium or equivalent processor, 36 GB available disk space. Software -- Microsoft Windows Server 2003, all variations, Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0, Microsoft .NET Framework v. 1.1, IE v. 6.0 or higher. Client component: operating system -- Windows 98 2nd edition, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 Professional SP4, Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Ultimate, all editions. Apple Mac OS X v. 10.2.8 or higher; HP-UX 11.00-11.23; IBM's AIX 5.105.3; Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition 2.1-4; Sun Solaris (SPARC 2.6-10). Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0, Microsoft .NET framework v. 1.1 with SP1, and the Internet browser IE 6.0 or higher.
Pricing: Starts at $1,695 for the PatchLink Update Server software, plus $20 per node per year for Windows agents, $40 per node per year for non-Windows agents (i.e., Linux, Unix, NetWare, MAC, etc.). Current PatchLink customers are upgraded at no cost.
This was first published in January 2008