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Re: Patch management
From: Chris Gauthier <cgauthie () PCC EDU>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 10:02:46 -0700

PCC purchased an asset management product called the KBox
(http://www.kace.com) and part of its asset management features include
patch management.  We have not fully-implemented the KBox yet, so I
don't have any specific opinions about it.  Linux.com did feature PCC
and the KBox in an article on 12/19/06
(http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=06/12/13/1552240).

The KBox is basically a FreeBSD server with Apache, PHP, and MySQL
applications that work together to form the KBox application.  The KBox
client has a pretty small footprint and never seems to use more than a
few kilobytes of bandwidth at any one time.  It's communication is
effective enough that we have used it to track a stolen laptop.

Regards,

Chris Gauthier, CCNA
Network Administration Team
Portland Community College
Portland, Oregon

"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and 
there you will long to return."
--Leonardo da Vinci



Jamie A. Stapleton wrote:
You might want to look at this product as well:
http://www.kace.com/products/kbox1000.php.  I just learned that
Microsoft awarded KBOX "Most Innovative Product" Award at the Microsoft
Management Summit in San Diego.  There will be an official press
announcement from the show by tomorrow.

DISCLAIMER:  I work for a consulting and systems integration firm that
implements these types of solutions.  I am not endorsing any particular
product; I just want you to have another option.  Just wanted to say
this because people on this list seem to like to know WHO is posting.

Jamie A. Stapleton
CBSi - Connecting your problems with solutions.
Telephone:  (804) 412-1601
Facsimile:  (804) 412-1611
VideoConf:  callto:jstapleton.computer-business.com

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From: Charles L. Bombard [mailto:BombardC () CCV EDU]
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 10:03 AM
To: SECURITY () LISTSERV EDUCAUSE EDU
Subject: [SECURITY] Patch management



Anyone have a patch management package that they like?



We are using WSUS for our windows boxes and this works great for windows
security and office updates. We are looking for something that can
assist in the management of such applications as acrobat.



Products to look at? Ones to avoid like the plague?



-Charlie



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Charles Bombard, GSEC

LAN/Systems Administrator

Community College of Vermont

119 Pearl Street

Burlington, VT 05401

802.657.4234

bombardc () ccv edu



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