Roll the Patch Management Dice: Automate with SnaPatch
Managing patching for your IT infrastructure can be a tedious and time-consuming task that poses potential risks if not executed correctly. Each month, a new Patch Tuesday release from Microsoft could leave your virtual machines (VMs) vulnerable to security holes, making manual patch management a daunting task. Furthermore, testing patches on bespoke server configurations before deploying them to production servers can add to the challenge.
But what if there was a way to automate patching and reduce potential issues? Enter SnaPatch, a Patch Management Addon for Microsoft’s SCCM, that can alleviate the headache of managing patching.
Automate with SnaPatch
SnaPatch offers a range of features to streamline the patch deployment process. The tool takes a snapshot of your virtual servers before deploying patches, enabling you to quickly roll back in case of any issues. Additionally, SnaPatch notifies you via email throughout the patch deployment process, and automatically deletes the snapshot after a certain amount of time (with notification) to free up disk space.
Using SnaPatch can save you valuable time and resources that would otherwise be spent manually managing patch deployment and performing User Acceptance Testing after patch deployment. With SnaPatch, you can rest assured that your virtual servers are up-to-date and secure.
The Risks of Manual Patch Management
Managing patching without a tool like SnaPatch can be challenging, particularly if your server configuration deviates from the off-the-shelf installation provided by Microsoft. This approach increases the risk of future updates going wrong, and deploying patches to production servers without User Acceptance Testing becomes a risky strategy.
Professional teams typically install patches in dedicated testing environments to ensure that everything works correctly before pushing updates out to production servers. However, if you lack the resources or time for testing after patch deployment, manual patch management becomes even more challenging.
The Bottom Line
Patching your environment may never be fun, but with SnaPatch, you can automate the process and get back some of your precious time. Furthermore, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your virtual servers are up-to-date and secure. Don’t roll the Patch Management dice; instead, automate with SnaPatch.
In summary, automating patch management with SnaPatch can save you time, reduce potential issues, and provide greater security for your virtual servers. Don’t risk the manual patch management approach, instead, roll the Patch Management dice with SnaPatch, and get back some of your valuable time.
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