Patching Windows

Ops Center 2.5 includes a bunch of Windows management features. Chief among them is the ability to patch Windows operating systems through Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager. Here's how you do it:

First, you configure Ops Center to work with your SCCM 2007 instance. You do this by selecting Windows Update in the Administration section, and plugging in the credentials. Once you've done that, Ops Center can work with SCCM.

Before you can do the actual patching, you have to discover and manage the Windows systems. (See this post or this video for info about discovering and managing assets.)

You perform the actual update using reports. In the Reports section, set up and run a Host Compliance Report or an Incident Compliance Report on one or more Windows systems. These reports will tell you whether or not the systems are up to date. If they aren't, you can update them by clicking Make Targets Compliant, and configuring an update job.

We put together a screencast that walks through the Windows update process:

If you have any questions about this process, let me know.

Comments:

Is that an internal link? I get a page-not-found error when I click on the screenshot.

Posted by Mike on November 02, 2009 at 03:09 AM MST #

There is a space character "%20" on the end of the link. Remove that and you're good to go!

Posted by Neil Williams on November 02, 2009 at 04:17 AM MST #

I fixed the link. Thanks for catching that, guys.

Posted by Owen Allen on November 02, 2009 at 07:15 AM MST #

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