Patch Manager Plus's Patch repository is updated periodically, with the details of the latest patches that are released by Microsoft, Apple, Linux and other 3rd party vendors. Every enterprise has a Patch Database, in order to perform patch management activities using Patch Manager Plus. Enterprises sync their Patch Database with the Patch Manager Plus Patch Repository to ensure that their database is up-to-date. All the machines are scanned for the missing patches, only based on the Patch Database. Configuring the Patch Database Settings, refers to the time interval during which the Patch Database will sync the patch details from the Patch Manager Plus's Patch Repository.
Administrators can choose to use patch management for patching a specific type of Patch like, OS related patches or third party patches etc. Though there could be a lot of patches released frequently, not every enterprise will have a need to update all those patches to all the computers. So, Administrators use the "Decline Patch" feature. Administrators can also choose to scan only the specific type of patches like OS related patches or 3rd party patches. All the computers will be scanned to identify the missing patches, based on the selection. For example administrators can choose to install only patches related to Mac operating system and 3rd party patches related to windows operating system. Then computers will be scanned to identify the missing patches related to "Mac, Linux and 3rd party patches related to windows operating system".
To configure the Patch Database settings, follow the steps below:
Click the Admin tab to invoke the Admin page.
Click the Patch Settings -> Patch Database Settings icon
Select the type of Patches that you wish to manage, like Microsoft, Apple or 3rd Party Patches. If you wanted to update only Microsoft patches or 3rd party patches for Windows Operating System, you can specify it here. This provides you the feasibility to customize Patch Management, based on your requirement. You select only Microsoft Patches, however the patch database will get all the updates from the Patch Manager Plus's Patch Repository. All the computers will be scanned and only the missing patches related to Microsoft will be listed.
The "Enable Scheduled Vulnerability Update" will be selected by default. To disable scheduler, clear this option.
You need to specify the time for the patch database to be synchronized. This will happen everyday.
Click Save Changes to save the configuration.