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Shavlik vs. Symantec patch solutions. How do they compare?

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Whats best for VMs? We are a Windows server shop. 90% are VMs hosted on ESX 5. We have 150 servers. What product from Shavlik or Symantec is best for our environment based on my description? How does licensing and pricing work (please detail that info)? Anything else you can tell me between the two product so I can come into decision based off your comments will be nice. I just don't have the time to research and make the comparison because I get mixed reviews. I just feel Expert Exchange is my best resource, and the only resource I trust from members.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Symantec uses Altiris Patch Management solution, a company thet purchased. We actually use both, but we prefer Shavlik, which we believe is much easier, and quicker to implement. We've been using Shavlik and Altiris, before they were purchase bu their current owners.

Shavlik is a much better product, and it's also been around for much longer, and was the original basis for Microsofts HFNETCHK and HFNETCHK Pro.

Shavlik Protect also works with VMs, and can snapshot them before apply patches.

Shavliks costs are based on how many end points you have to patch.

Shalvlik was purchased by VMware, but is now owned by LanDesk.

Both are available for trials, I would suggest you download and try, as they are both competitively priced.
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hanccocka,

When you say "Shavliks costs are based on how many end points you have to patch", how does licensing work? What do you mean?
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It's sold in batches

1-25 End Points to patch
25-100
100-1000

e.g. and end point is a computers to patch

If you are licensed for 25 you can only scan and patch 25 computers which are added to the patch job.
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hanccocka,

What is meant by  subscription and perpetual licensing? I do not understand the difference.
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perpetual licensing - one time cost, all up front.

subscription - yearly cost.
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