With increasing remote workforces, it is high time enterprises start considering cloud-based solutions to tackle business continuity issues that arise from changing work dynamics. IT administrators, especially, can exert far better control over endpoints and aim for complete cyber security once they move their IT operations to cloud. Software vendors have started realizing this and are now extending support for cloud based operations on Windows and macOS systems. What often gets lost in any such transition are the Linux machines.
NetMarketShare reports that out of 250 million PCs sold every year, about 1.84 percent of them run on Linux. This amounts to a good 4 million Linux PCs on an average per year. Though Linux isn't as popular as Windows and macOS, it has found its way into the operations of various top brands like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and various other businesses.
With such widespread use of the Linux Operating system, it only makes sense to shift to cloud-based solutions if they extend support to patch and secure your Linux systems as well. With Patch Manager Plus cloud, you can seamlessly patch Linux machines, whilst enjoying all the benefits that come with having a cloud-based patch management solution.
Patch Manager Plus cloud's Linux patch management features help you:
Note: All Linux agents (including the ones under the Distribution Server) will directly download patches from the vendor websites.
Patch Manager Plus cloud supports Linux security patches and non-security updates (only for Red Hat machines) with bulletin IDs for computers running the following versions of Linux:
There are two ways of patching your Linux systems:
(i) You can either deploy the patches manually or
(ii) You can choose to automate it by creating an automated patch deployment task in Patch Manager Plus cloud.
You can deploy your patches in your Linux machines manually by following the steps below.
sudo apt-get update # Fetches the list of available updates
sudo apt-get upgrade # Strictly upgrades the current packages
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade # Installs updates (new ones)
yum check-update # To check for the list of available updates
yum update # Installs updates for all the packages
zypper check-update # To check for the list of available updates
zypper update # Installs updates for all the packages
However, manual deployment often results in errors. There are too many steps involved, and it can be difficult to pin-point the errors made. Due to such complexities, patch management is often rather time-consuming for users. Thankfully, Patch Manager Plus cloud has come up with a solution for all these complications—complete automation using the Automate Patch Deployment (APD) feature.
After automation is applied, the entire patch management process becomes more efficient. This Linux patch management software automates the entire process. It scans for missing patches, downloads them, and tests them in a non-production environment; if the patches don't cause any issues, Patch Manager Plus cloud approves them to be rolled out in the production environment and schedules reports.
To automate the patch management process, simply follow the steps below.
Note: For patching Red Hat and SUSE, it is recommended that all the managed endpoints have valid system licenses.
See the full list of Linux applications supported by Patch Manager Plus cloud.