7MS #279: Patching Solutions Bake-Off - Part 4
As a quick reminder, here's where our bake-off currently sits:
Quick reminder: none of these solutions are bribing me with fat wads of cash to plug their products. Some day I hope to have such problems, but today is not that day.
You might know Ivanti as Shavlik - that's the product name I'm more familiar with anyways. Back in February, Shavlik became Ivanti.
Pretty easy to install and manage - even without a deep background in IT (in today's episode I tell a story that can back this claim based on my experience)
Does a solid job of applying patching Windows OS and third party
Pricing is a little steep - last figures I saw were ~$80 per server, per year and ~$40 per workstation, per year.
ITScripts library (that allows for GPO-style policy enforcement) is a little slim when compared to similar functionality offered from other solutions
I've seen this "in the wild" at probably a half dozen companies. It's an extremely powerful tool, but also requires some patience and practice to get comfortable with it.
Lets you crazy with building custom packages you can deploy to granular groups
Awesome online help resources, including a YouTube video library that's got a video for just about everything
Quick response to support tickets
A bit more complicated to get comfortable with than the other solutions
A little confusing on the Windows patching side - not quite as "point and patch" as some of the other solutions
Agentless system - machines have to be able to "see" the PDQ
Patching solutions bake-off gist:
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