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Has anyone come across a solid third party patch management solution that is free or cost effective for small businesses?

WSUS is obviously an okay and free OS based patch mgmt solution. I have not come across a good one for third party programs. Secunia is working on a solution for third party programs for small businesses but it is still in Beta.
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The paid NINITE does a great job at patching third party apps. $20 per month. Www.ninite.com
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I will look into it!

How is it managed? Can you schedule these or have them done automatically? Does it provide reporting?
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Also, does it report on software already installed on computers? E.g. I do NOT want to install Java on a computer that does not already have it installed.
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They offer a 7 day trial.

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Many admins I know use LUP in combination with WSUS. LUP expands WSUS' capabilities to 3rd-party-patches. http://www.localupdatepublisher.com/ - just as solid as WSUS and free.
Attention: if you however use WSUS 4 (server 2012 and higher), LUP does not integrate, so only for WSUS 3 (server 2003/2008/2008R2).
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I have stumbled around these, they offer various degrees of integration with WSUS or SC.
belarc
secunia
shavlik
microsoft MBSA
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