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Best Patch Management Software...

I'm looking for a server based, patch management software app that handles all windows updates / security and 3rd party security patching with minimal effort.

The patch management product we use absolutely blows.  Lots of interaction needed just to patch a few machines and lots of rescans.

Anyone using software like this with really good results.  Also, looking for one that doesn't involve installing a client app on a remote machine first.  Thanks a lot.
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JAN PAKULACommented:
for windows updates Wsus

For everything else System Centre manager

or

http://www.shavlik.com/

Jan MA  CCNA
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bloodygonzoCommented:
We use SCCM for patch management. Once setup it works very well. To many third party applications we installed SCUP which is another free tool from Microsoft. We also bought a license for SCUPDates  from Shavlik and it is great for patching everything from Java to iTunes.

The above setup was a bit complicated to setup and does require an agent on clients. You may want to look into using WSUS since you only need a GPO that points clients to the server. Then for third party applications check out Ninite www.ninite.com 
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sparky321Author Commented:
The issue being that WSUS automatic updating is turned off from the client side as we need to control some of the patches being deployed.  Is SCCM - System Center Manager or another?
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JAN PAKULACommented:
it is that

System Center Configuration Manager
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sparky321Author Commented:
We started using Patch Authority as the tool.
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sparky321Author Commented:
Best answer, but acknowledge the other tools.
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