Regardless of your organization’s chosen operating system, you need various 3rd (third-party) applications to make your machines enterprise-ready. Your organization probably uses software for displaying certain document types, editing and creating image files, and displaying videos and other media on your browsers. In this post, you will find various discussions about SCCM Third-Party Patching.
Third-Party (3rd-Party) Applications?
- Dell/HP/Lenovo Device Drivers
- Any Business applications?
Take Adobe Patching as Example?
At risk of sounding like a promotional blog for Adobe, it’s the one vendor which the whole industry often relies on for each of these tasks. But I’m not here to convince you that Adobe is excellent; instead, I want to emphasize the importance of protecting business-critical third-party applications—like those developed by Adobe—from vulnerabilities and bugs.
Adobe, like any other third-party software vendor, bears the responsibility of releasing patches for vulnerabilities and bugs it finds in its applications. A good software vendor will release updates and patches frequently, or at least consistently, as they strive to make their product more secure.
Once a patch is released to the public, it’s typically up to users to apply the patches. This scenario is often where the patching process ends—users are sometimes too busy or too apathetic to take the time to apply patches to their applications.
As mentioned before, Adobe’s application suite permeates the industry, so when it comes to Adobe’s security updates, they’re almost as business-critical as Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday updates. They’re even released around the same time each month, so you should be marking your calendar for consistent patching.
Best Practices of Third Party Patching?
The advice to consistently patch your applications applies not just to Adobe, but for other critical third-party applications as well. When was the last time you operated a system that didn’t have Java on it?
Can you even remember the last time you voluntarily used Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge over another third-party browser like Chrome or Firefox? Each application you use to get work done will undoubtedly have a vulnerability discovered in it at some point; patches safeguard against these vulnerabilities.
Manually updating a single computer’s worth of applications is simple enough; manually updating a handful of computers should even be reasonably comfortable. But most enterprises use more than a few computers; they use dozens or even hundreds. Manually updating each of these computers is out of the question, it would just take too long.
SCCM Third-Party Patching Experience?
To make things simpler, enterprises can turn to desktop management tools to automate the patching process. One such tool, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), has been reliably used to patch Microsoft applications for over two decades.
The problem with SCCM is that it doesn’t support patching for third-party applications (not all the 3rd party catalogs). Admins can use SCCM for Microsoft apps, but keeping business-critical applications like Java or the Adobe suite up-to-date still requires alternative means.
How Third-Party SCCM Plugin can Help?
The patching process would be a whole lot simpler if you could just update third-party applications without switching from SCCM to another application. Patch Connect Plus augments your existing SCCM setup to allow you to patch third-party applications automatically.
Patch Connect Plus offers features like deployment customization, automatic detection, and publishing of applications to the patch catalog, and much more. What’s more, Patch Connect Plus’ native SCCM plug-in enables you to access all of its features right from SCCM’s console.
Patch Connect Plus‘ Standard Edition offers third-party publishing catalogs for SCCM version 1806 and above, while the Professional Edition covers all SCCM versions. Either way, you’ll be covered even if you don’t prefer switching between two consoles. Most importantly, it won’t blow a hole in your IT budget.
Starting at just $1.25 per endpoint per year, you know you’ll be getting plenty of bang for your buck. You can try it free for a month, so Start simplifying your enterprise patching now.