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Patch Management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015130D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Centralized Software Patch Management

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Patch Management

Centralized Software Patch Management

Disclosed is a solution for managing, reporting, and updating software patches over a network from a centralized patch management server. The benefit of this solution is that an organization can download patches from multiple vendors over the Internet and have them centrally stored on the organization's intranet. Additionally, this solution will generate patch reports for the software being monitored and flag any patch updates since the last report. This will create standard patch levels across the network which enhances the security and control of the system on the network.

This patch management solution can update operating systems and software applications. It provides a more secure means of communication than other patch solutions by keeping all patch reporting and updating on the intranet. Patches are reviewed on a "per patch" basis from a centralized server rather than updating with a vendor's patch clusters which often cause undesired problems. The SA (System Administrator) and manager are provided with an easy to read patch report which saves the SA, manager, and company time and money. The steps taken to accomplish this patch management solution are explained below.

Patch Server Updates

1. The internal patch server connects to vendor's patch server daily via the Internet to check for newly available patches.

2. If new patches are available, the internal patch server downloads the patches and stores t...