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Windows Patch Management Software for large amounts of PC's.

We are looking for a solution to manage windows patches across multiple WANs.  We are looking to manage a very large amount of PC's and are looking for a good tool to make running updates easy.  We would also like to tool to be able to deny patches, be centrally managed, and preferable web based.

We have looked into Log Me In central, Kaseya, and Connect-Wise. We are wondering if there are more cost effective products out there other than the major players.
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rattlerantCommented:
Aside from WSUS combined with Systems Center (which is essentially free) you could try Zenith ... they do more than just patching ... the cost is low:

Zenith Infotech Limited
Website: http://www.zenithinfotech.com/en/Solutions/Managed%20Services.aspx
Hosted and Networks Operations Centre (NOC) provided by Aserver in the UK / Netherlands / Belgium (http://www.aserver.com)
Features
•Audit & Inventory
•Patch Management
•Remote Control
•Centralized Administration
•Ticketing
•PSA Integration
•Scripting
•Power Management

- rattlerant
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TechGuy_007Author Commented:
We are really just looking for Patch Management.
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mrklaxonCommented:
WSUS as mentioned if free and is just patches but will have limtied abillity.  Not much more than patch cache, approval and removal.  Limited control over bandwidth limits to remote clients.  Only MS patches.

SCCM covers more but not free.  Server plus per client pricing.

Kaseya is owned by Dell now, not free either but reasonable and very configurable.
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TechGuy_007Author Commented:
SCCM Will work over multiple WANs?  Any idea on the licensing cost?  Is there a web UI?

Had no idea Kaseya is owned by dell now....
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mrklaxonCommented:
My mistake, I was thinking KACE not Kaseya.  KACE is something you should consider though if looking for something more than a free patch service.

SCCM pricing depends upon version - few hundred for server $10+ per client I think.  Need a server to run it on as well.
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TechGuy_007Author Commented:
It doesn't have to be free but to support 1000+ PC's I want to make sure we are getting a good product at a dependable price.
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Nagendra Pratap SinghCommented:
With SCCM you have lots of support, it is not overly expensive because many European clients of us use it.

And with add ons like Adminstudio SCCM edition the deal starts looking good.

SCCM does not care if it is LAN or WAN. You can use VPN or you can even used IBCM (Internet based client management)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb693755.aspx

Let me know if you need some how to guides with SCCM.
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mrklaxonCommented:
They will all "work" over VPN if your VPN allows the proper ports but what you should verify is if the solution can detect low speed connections and adjust to how it delivers when detected.  You don't want W7 sp1 downloading while using airline Wi-Fi or a slow broadband when trying to run a meeting on the road.
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TraJohnsonCommented:
I don't manage out patching system so I don't know a lot about it but but we use a product called Shavlik and have around 2000 client machines.  Both client and server OS.
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Nagendra Pratap SinghCommented:
Hi,

Shavlik is good but with SCCM you can do almost anything.

A single SCCM server is OK for 5000 host for most purposes and the reports can be very detailed.
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TechGuy_007Author Commented:
Is there anyway we can use SCCM but without a VPN tunnel, like point where the PC's are looking to a public DNS name?
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TechGuy_007Author Commented:
Anyone think that would work, point the PC's to a public DNS name?  Does SCCM work off ports?
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mrklaxonCommented:
Another management app but not sure what that has to do with SCCM operating in the cloud.
 
TechGuy_007 - have you moved forward on this or is the post dead?
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