Enabling Third-party Custom Catalogs for Patching in SCCM

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Third-party patching

It wasn’t that long ago when Microsoft applications were the only ones facing cyber  attacks, but that’s no longer the case. Failing to patch third-party (3rd party) applications can leave IT infrastructure exposed to cyber attacks as well. In fact, the latest reports suggest that the most expensive data breaches start with third-party applications. Hence the Third-party patching is important.

Third-Party Patching Changes in the Latest version of SCCM

For over two decades, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) has been a popular choice among IT administrators for patching large groups of computers. But SCCM has always had a gap when it comes to third-party patching. Microsoft has tried to fill this gap by enabling third-party updates with custom catalogs in the recent SCCM version 1806 update.

What are the Major Advantage of Custom Catalogs Options

The major advantage of custom catalogs is that third-party updates can be patched from the SCCM console. With that said, you may be wondering whether Microsoft has enabled third-party updates in SCCM completely. The answer is no. Third-party patching directly from SCCM is pretty new and they are still in development mode.

Microsoft has only made updates from HP and Dell available as pilot catalogs. Aside from those, most third-party applications don’t have software catalogs offered in SCCM. But I hope this will come sooner than later.

If you completely rely on Microsoft’s catalogs but you have a bunch of third-party applications to update, the lack of native support might be frustrating for you. You can always add custom catalogs to SCCM, but doing so has its own set of complexities:

1.You have to manually add the software catalogs for every single application that needs to be patched.
2.Catalogs can’t be edited once added.
3.Subscribing to custom catalogs can take anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes depending on the size of the catalog.

Patch Connect Plus Add-On for SCCM

To make the process simpler, ManageEngine has introduced a separate Catalog edition in Patch Connect Plus, its add-on for SCCM. This edition automatically imports catalogs into the SCCM server and comes with the assurance that all software catalogs will be supported within 24 hours of their release. This add-on is great help for Third-party patching process.

Start patching select third-party applications in SCCM by trying the free Catalog edition of Patch Connect Plus.

If you’re having trouble adding custom catalogs to SCCM, watch this video guide on how to add custom catalogs in SCCM. Get access to over 170 third-party software catalogs within SCCM now!

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