You can view the complete details of the patches that are applicable for your network, patches that are missing in your network and patches that are installed in your network. You can also view the status of the computers in your network based on the system health policy. A system is said to be healthy when it has all the critical patches installed in it. Systems are rated to be vulnerable and highly vulnerable based on the missing patches. You can also generate reports based on specific criteria.
Endpoint Central's Patch management views are broadly classified into the following:
The details of the Patch Views shown include the following:
Patch ID: A unique reference ID for every patch.
Bulletin ID: The advisory article provided by the vendor which contains information about the vulnerability and patch availability. Clicking this link, will lead you to the Bulletin Details view, which provides more info about the Bulletin and the vulnerability.
Patch Name: The name of the patch. Clicking this link, will lead you to the Patch Details view, which provides more details about the patch.
Patch Description: A brief description about the patch.
Patch Type: Refers to whether this patch applies to Microsoft OS/Applications or Non-Microsoft Applications like Adobe, Java, etc.
Severity: Determines the importance of the patch. These severity ratings are as per the bulletin or advisory information.
Approve Status: This refers to whether the patch has been approved for bulk deployment via Automated Patch Deployment. This is significant only if you have enabled Patch Approval prior to build deployment. You can also approve or decline a patch by selecting the appropriate option from the "Mark As" menu.
Release Date: Refers to the date of release of the patch by the vendor.
Download Status: Refers to the status of the patch download on the product server.
Affected Systems: Refers to the total count of the systems that require this patch to be installed. This also includes the systems where the patch has already been installed.
Installed Systems: Refers to the count of the systems where the patch has been installed.
Missing Systems: Refers to the count of the systems that do not have the patches installed yet.
Failed Systems: Refers to the number of systems on which the patch deployment has failed. Clicking the count will list the details of the failed computers, from where you can redeploy.
Platform: Refers to the platform of the Operating System like Windows or Mac.
Vendor: Refers to the vendor of the Operating System like Microsoft or Apple.
Reboot: Refers if the patch requires a reboot or not.
Patch Uninstallation: Refers if uninstallation is supported for the patch or not.
Bulletin details include the following:
Bulletin ID: The advisory article provided by the vendor which contains information about the vulnerability and patch availability.
Posted On: The date of release of this bulletin.
Updated On: The date of last update to this bulletin.
FAQ Page: Links to the FAQ section in the Microsoft site for this bulletin.
Q Number: Links to the knowledge base article available in the Microsoft web site.
Issue: Details of the related issue.
Bulletin Summary: A brief summary of the bulletin.
Patch Details: The name of the patch and the affected products.
The following patch details are shown:
Patch ID: A unique reference ID for every patch
Patch Name: The name of the patch
Bulletin ID: The Bulletin ID pertaining to this patch
MS Knowledge Base: The knowledge base article corresponding to this patch.
Severity: The severity of the patch.
Reboot: Specifies whether a system reboot is required on installing the patch.
Download Status: Determines whether the patch is downloaded from the net (vendor site) and is made available in the product's Patch Repository for deployment.
Location Path: The complete download URL of the patch.
Superseding Bulletin ID: Refers to the Bulletin ID pertaining to the patch that has taken its place.
It also provides the details of the changes made to the files and registries on installing this patch.