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Rolling Review: Patch Up Your Windows
Kaseya's Managed Services Edition 2008 provides enterprise patch management functionality for IT managers on a limited budget. It offers many features usually seen on higher-end products, including bandwidth throttling, rollback options, and endpoint configuration management.
Kaseya performs well and offers the ability to regulate Windows Update behavior, a feature not found in more expensive products. The suite is agent-based and administered though a Web-based user interface that's surprisingly easy to use. Kaseya is a great fit for all-Windows IT shops that are looking for a policy-based patching process.
Kaseya is extremely secure. All network transactions are encrypted, and no ports are opened for any component. File transfers to clients are always dynamically compressed, and there's a per-client option for bandwidth throttling. You can also configure endpoints to distribute patches to other computers. This can ease bandwidth consumption across your network if set up efficiently.
Kaseya patches all Windows versions and Mac OS X v10.3.9 and above. Through its ability to run scripts on clients, it also can be configured to deploy patches that are not natively supported, such as a custom app that wouldn't have a commercially distributed patch.
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