Standard edition is a simple edition that offers third-party patching through custom software catalogs for SCCM version 1806 and above. Professional edition comes with a console that offers a variety of features like Customized deployment, auto-detection and publishing, a native plug-in and much more along with support for over 250 third-party applications. Refer here for a detailed comparison between Standard and Profession edition
Microsoft SCCM has extended it's support for software catalogs right from version 1806. Hence, ensure that your SCCM's version must be 1806 or up, to be compatible with the Software Catalogs. Refer this document for step-by-step guidance.
Microsoft SCCM offers automatic deployment of patches and updates with Automated Deployment Rule. Third-party updates from Patch Connect Plus can also be automated with ADR. This document will explain the process of using Automated Deployment Rule in detail.
Patch Connect Plus is licensed based on the number of computers you are managing in SCCM. The pricing starts at just $1.25 per computer and goes down as the volume increases. For more details on the pricing, refer to our online store.
Patch Connect Plus comes as a simple plug-in that doesn't demand a lot. Here is the detailed information of the system requirements for Patch Connect Plus, which includes minimum disk space, required processor, etc.,
Patch Connect Plus is committed to supporting the newly released updates from the software vendors within the first 24 hours of their release.
Patch Connect Plus offers support for a bevy of third-party applications ranging from Adobe to WinZip. Check out the complete list of applications that are supported by Patch Connect Plus.
Users can use self-signed certificates provided by Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) or import their own code-signing certificate. These certificates are used to validate vendor's authenticity. Certificates with .pfx format can be usd for code signing purpose.
Patch publish/sync will happen according to the scheduled time. After every successful sync, only the new or revised patches will be published. During the synchronization process, data is fetched from the Central Repository and stored in the patch database.
Patch Connect Plus comes with an in-built Postgres SQL database. You do not require to have any database separately.
You may have to configure mail server settings to get reports of newly supported applications, published updates and sync status via mail.
Proxy has to be configured to download the updated information from the Central Repository and to download the patches from the vendor sites. You need not configure proxy if you have direct connection to internet.
This should be done so that the SCCM agent across all client machines will validate vendor's authenticity and trust the third party updates to proceed with download and installation.
During the publication, the patches are downloaded to the Wsus content location. Then, SCCM/WSUS will distribute it to the WSUS server and then to the other sites if configured to do so.
Yes. You can expire the patches published SCCM from the Patch Connect Plus console's home page.
Patch Connect Plus server can be migrated from a computer effortlessly. These steps can come in handy if you're migrating the Patch Connect Plus server.
Patch Connect Plus server should be installed in the top most CAS server.
Professional Edition of Patch Connect Plus supports all versions of Microsoft SCCM whereas, Standard Edition supports version 1806 or greater, as it requires the support of third-party catalogs.