Seeking information on software for patch management, asset management and FDCC compliancy checking.
Posted on 2008-11-07
We have been using Novell's ZENworks for Desktops application to manage and perform application deployment and inventory and asset management functions to Microsoft Windows desktop computers. We also use Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) for patch management of Microsoft desktops.
Due to Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) program we have to have a limitation of end-user administration rights and the ability of users to install software and software changes including patches and updates. The currently used ZENworks package can no longer be used since it requires end-user administrative action to download and install updates and patches from a central software repository.
Additionally, the currently used products do not provide any capability to provide management, control, and security to Apple Macintosh computers.
Is there a software provider that provides multi-platform software distribution, license management, patch management, remote management, asset inventory, theft tracking, and role-based administration for both the Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh platforms? If not are there a maybe a combination of product that could do it?
Shavlik seems like a good application for management of the windows patches and FDCC compliancy. However, it does not seem to handle the Mac clients or general software distributions. I am looking for recommendations and information predominately from people in the field but will take information from companies that may provide this software as well.