Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) delivers an "umbrella" approach for patch and application management, but when it comes to third-party application management and system management operations the process is still tiresome. SCCM current branch allows you to subscribe to third-party catalogs, publish updates to your software update point (SUP), and then deploy them to clients however it has limitations patching third-party components running on a network.
With a huge number of security vulnerabilities attributed to non-Microsoft applications, it is mandatory to patch these applications to shield your enterprise from data breaches. To be more precise, Adobe and Mozilla applications pose the biggest security threats, but a comprehensive patching strategy can minimize security issues in your network.
Make the most out of your SCCM ?
ManageEngine Patch Connect Plus is the non-Microsoft tool that efficiently
automates both system management operations and third-party software deployments, and extends SCCM's patching capabilities to more than 380 third-party applications. It provides end-to-end automated patching support via the SCCM console, scans the network, fetches the latest updates from vendor sites, publishes the patches to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), initiates the WSUS-SCCM sync, and performs patch deployment and reporting. Additionally, it enables you to customize your process using templates, and create pre- and post- deployment scripts.
The Catalog Subscription feature in Patch Connect Plus provides you with a smart way to automatically import and manage over 300+ third-party updates to the SCCM server software catalog. Plus, with the Auto-catalog Scheduler, you can automate the publishing process, and eliminate the need to wait for the Microsoft-prescribed seven days to synchronize the updated catalogs.
Third-Party software deployment ?
Patch Connect Plus Application Management module facilitates the deployment of more than 300+ applications authored by third-party vendors such as Apple, Adobe, Java, Mozilla, and Google. As part of the software deployment, vendor download sites are contacted automatically, ensuring a streamlined and efficient process. The application template feature enables you to select all the options you need for your deployment.
Also, once a package has been created, Patch Connect Plus auto-updates the new versions that are released consecutively for that particular application.
For enterprises that often must address various contingencies, Patch Connect Plus application management capabilities enable you to run custom pre- and post deployment scripts to help you efficiently streamline the process.
Administrator Tools for system management operations ?
Patch Connect Plus' Admin Tools helps you perform system management operations, troubleshooting, and other on-demand client operations remotely. This encompasses actions like registry, bit locker status, client group update policy, PowerShell, Command Prompt, control panel, and opening running processes. Additionally, troubleshooting operations such as client restart, accessing network folders, and other important client
actions like collecting data from the evaluation cycle, software metering usage reports, and scan cycle can be performed. Once you configure Admin Tools, you can accomplish client management operations on each client machine.
Now that you have an idea about how you can achieve the best results from your SCCM infrastructure, take a deeper look at Patch Connect Plus. Learn more and sign up for a free, 30-day trial .