2.1 Product Overview

Patch Management is a fully integrated feature of the ZENworks 11 SP4 suite that provides the same agent-based patch, vulnerability patch, and compliance management solution that was used in prior stand-alone versions such as ZENworks Patch Management 6.4.

Patch Management provides rapid patch remediation, allowing you to proactively manage threats by automating the collection, analysis, and delivery of patches throughout your heterogeneous enterprise to secure end points.

The ZENworks Server has a Web-based management user interface known as ZENworks Control Center. Its Patch Management feature allows you to monitor and maintain patch compliance throughout the entire enterprise. The ZENworks 11 SP4 Primary Server can deploy a ZENworks Adaptive Agent on every client system in the target network, ensuring that all systems are protected with the latest security patches, software updates, and service packs.

The Patch Management feature stays current with the latest patches and fixes by regular communication with the ZENworks Patch Subscription Network through a secure connection. After the initial 60-day free trial period, the Patch Management feature requires a paid subscription to continue its daily download of the latest patch and vulnerability information.

When a new patch is released into the ZENworks Patch Subscription Network, it is downloaded automatically to the ZENworks Server and an e-mail is sent to the administrator. When the administrator logs in to the ZENworks Control Center, the list of devices and the new patches that require deployment can easily be viewed along with the description and business impact. At this time, the administrator can choose to deploy the patch to a device or disregard the patch.