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O/S Deployment Thread, Windows deployment/patch management that doesn't cost an arm & a leg? in Technical; Originally Posted by gshaw There's a real gap in the market for something that could do Adobe, Java etc patches ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    There's a real gap in the market for something that could do Adobe, Java etc patches slickly and not at a mammoth price. If I could code I'd love to do something that mimics the update servers for said evil products but caches the updates locally... then you just repoint your DNS records to the local server rather than Internet... patching sorted

    So many solutions want to cover the MS patches (why put all that effort in when WSUS does it fine?) then charge an arm and a leg for the small bit of functionality you do want. Problem is they spend so much time working on the MS side that the 3rd party stuff is done badly (Java, Flash updaters not checking for open browsers and so on) and doesn't end up offering much more value than doing it manually yourself :-/

    One of the main issues about patch management software of any kind is that reason they tend to cost more is that creating the technology is the easy part. The biggest cost is creating the back end things to test a patch and turn it around within hours even if just took adobe, java and major browsers that is lot of work per month (remember most them release at least once a month). Then forgetting that the technology you write has to work on about million different setups..

    Hopefully we are doing it right we support ms updates but also support an ever expanding list of third party software.

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    Will imperos patch management use impero provided patches or can we add our own?

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    Quote Originally Posted by russdev View Post
    One of the main issues about patch management software of any kind is that reason they tend to cost more is that creating the technology is the easy part. The biggest cost is creating the back end things to test a patch and turn it around within hours even if just took adobe, java and major browsers that is lot of work per month (remember most them release at least once a month). Then forgetting that the technology you write has to work on about million different setups..

    Hopefully we are doing it right we support ms updates but also support an ever expanding list of third party software.

    Russell
    Tbh if Adobe made a local caching server that downloaded one copy of their updates and distributed over a LAN (yes basically Adobe WSUS) they could either make admins happy or lots of money, either way it's odd they haven't done it for Flash \ Reader as there's something similar for the CS suite (AUSST)

    Same for Chrome and Java, the auto update technology is there and works well on a 1:1 download basis, just make it work on a 1:many from a central server et voila problem solved, but that's far too simple isn't it
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    Impero in first release of patch man version can't use own patches we have a list of supported software.

    As for vendors doing own server roll out reason is most of them know how much of a pain it is to do. Massive difference between one to one update and one to many updates.

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    Has anyone tried this ? I'm just looking at it now
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    @misterfriendly, you Edu? If so then SCCM as all but built into the price of EES licensing. A bit of b**ch to set up and needs a beefy server but, so far, I've not used better.



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