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Automated PC deployment and patch management RRS feed

  • Question

  • we have:

    PC's = 50

    Laptops = 10

    Hardware platforms = various DELL models

    Operating Systems = XP and Win7, at various patch levels

     

    what would you recommend to help us automate our PC deployments including ongoing software and patch management?

    thank you

     

     

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011 7:41 AM

Answers

  • nvisibl,

    You can easily find free tools and instructions such as the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit at http://www.microsoft.com/deployment or http://www.microsoft.com/mdt

    For patch management you can look at the free Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) (http://www.microsoft.com/wsus).  And for a more enterprise-class solution you could consider System Center Configuration Manager (http://www.microsoft.com/sccm), but that's probably more than you need.

    A relatively new option is a product called Windows InTune.  It's a cloud-based desktop monitoring solution that will let you watch for issues such as patch levels on systems you're monitoring.  (http://www.windowsintune.com).

    Hope this gets you started,

    Kevin


    Kevin Remde US IT Evangelism - Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde
    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Wednesday, April 27, 2011 10:40 AM
    Wednesday, April 27, 2011 10:40 AM

All replies

  • nvisibl,

    You can easily find free tools and instructions such as the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit at http://www.microsoft.com/deployment or http://www.microsoft.com/mdt

    For patch management you can look at the free Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) (http://www.microsoft.com/wsus).  And for a more enterprise-class solution you could consider System Center Configuration Manager (http://www.microsoft.com/sccm), but that's probably more than you need.

    A relatively new option is a product called Windows InTune.  It's a cloud-based desktop monitoring solution that will let you watch for issues such as patch levels on systems you're monitoring.  (http://www.windowsintune.com).

    Hope this gets you started,

    Kevin


    Kevin Remde US IT Evangelism - Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde
    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Wednesday, April 27, 2011 10:40 AM
    Wednesday, April 27, 2011 10:40 AM
  • thanks a lot that will get us going
    Wednesday, April 27, 2011 10:45 AM