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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Third-Party Products

Patch management continues to be a major source of pain for users and system administrators. And where there is pain, there are those who see an opportunity to help reduce the pain while making a profit. The products that can help manage patches on your Microsoft network range from the fairly simple, which deal only with Microsoft patches, to complete infrastructure management and deployment programs, which can handle extremely complex environments.

Of all the products we’ve seen, the one we like the best is unquestionably Shavlik’s NetChk Protect available at: http://www.shavlik.com/netchk-protect.aspx. The original release of Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer used code written by Shavlik to scan for vulnerabilities. Shavlik ...

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