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Shavlik eases Microsoft patch management

Shavlik Technologies, the company that provides security and patch management tools for Microsoft, announced the latest update to its HFNetChkPro product yesterday, adding more real-time features and information.

HFNetChkPro is the commercial, fuller-featured version of the HFNetChk product distributed by Microsoft to allow administrators to inspect PCs and other systems on their networks and ensure that they have the most up-to-date security patches.

Shavlik also provides the technology used in the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer.

HFNetChkPro allows administrators to scan systems and groups of systems to check for up-to-date and improperly configured patches. Patches can then be downloaded by the administrator and pushed out to the machines that need them, or scheduled for later downloading and patching.

Multiple patches can be applied to the same system with only one reboot using HFNetChkPro.

Version 3.8 of HFNetChk Pro adds real-time inspection and installation of patches, new options for scheduling patch downloads and application, and better reporting and management features.

It also comes equipped with a patch installation database that includes information on and descriptions of patches from Microsoft, as well as verification that the patches being downloaded are from Microsoft.

The software can be used to scan and patch systems running Windows NT/2000/XP, SQL Server 7.0 and 2000, Internet Information Services 4 and 5, Exchange Server 5.5 and 2000 and Internet Explorer 5.0 and up, Shavlik said.

The latest version costs $1,123 (£714) for one to 50 managed PCs, with one managed PC able scan up to 10,000 systems.

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