Patch Management Advice


 I need to get a Patch Management system in place to keep up with making sure all systems are compliment and all MS and 3rd party software are up to date.. I am in a 100 user Law Firm with Windows 7 , Office 365, Flash Java, etc..etc.. type of environment. Can anyone recommend one?  MS System Management looks pretty complex to get up and running.
GorapsI.T. ManagerAsked:
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Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
The best and i think the only way to update all apps (MS and Third Party) is with SCCM.

You can start with this article.
Mike TLeading EngineerCommented:

For just 100 users I'm not sure you would get the full value of a huge product like SCCM. I don't know the cost but  it's not going to be cheap I expect.

It's also very complex and needs someone with experience ideally, to avoid making costly mistakes.

I would recommend Shavlik Protect. It covers Windows and Mac OSes in full and the most annoying updaters: Acrobat® Reader, iTunes® and QuickTime, Java Firefox and Chrome.

I used the product previously and it was really easy to use, so almost a pleasure.

Secunia also have a product that might help too, so I would look at those two first and trial them. If neither fit the bill then sure, go for SCCM, but be prepared for lots of reading.


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GorapsI.T. ManagerAuthor Commented:
Checking out the trials .. I will let you know once I've looked at both.

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Simon FothersgillSenior Systems EngineerCommented:
Lumension is another patch management product (previously known as Patchlink). I've had experience of that, and of SCCM but would recommend SCCM as the preferred solution. Not only will that give you the option of software updates for Windows software (and Abobe etc using Software Update Manager), you'll be able to package applications, deploy gold imaged PC's, use Endpoint Antivirus, have extensive reporting and asset inventory.
GorapsI.T. ManagerAuthor Commented:
I really like the Shavlik solution.  It's going to work out to $1.80 per computer per month for 3 years.  Looks like I'll be pulling the trigger on this in Dec 2015.
Mike TLeading EngineerCommented:
Great, glad you liked it. Shame I don't get any commission - it sells itself. I may well suggest it where I work :).

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