The "setup and forget" approach for systems management is no longer an option for numerous reasons, including the need for increased security to prevent virus and spyware threats, governance to maintain corporate policies, and regulatory compliance (e.g. HIPAA or Sarbanes-Oxley). Keeping systems up-to-date with the latest patches and safe against security threats is a critical task for IT professionals.
One of the most routine and error-prone aspects of patch management involves ensuring that all required patches and hotfixes are installed on specific systems and configurations. Regular auditing and reporting of the installed patches aim to answer the following questions:
Windows Update Checker is a free tool designed to provide automated patch assessments that answers these critical questions on a daily basis without any routine work. It automatically scans your network to detect all computers without critical patches and sends daily reports to your e-mail with full details about every outdated computer.