Patch Connect Plus

ManageEngine Patch Connect Plus is a web based software application which enables Microsoft SCCM to patch thrid party applications. Patch Connect Plus automatically publishes the patches of selected applications to SCCM from where it can be deployed to the required computers.

All the features you need for efficient third-party patch management

  • Automated third party patching
    Protect your systems from security threats with regular patching. Deploy third-party app patches to the vulnerable systems automatically using SCCM patch management infrastructure.
  • Native plug-in for SCCM
    Patch the applications you want, with out filtering through the complete list of third-party applications in the SCCM Console. This plug-in lists every available third-party update, along with complete reports on all client machines.
  • Customized deployment
    Gain a widescope of customization options forpatches before deploying them. These customizations include skipping the deployment process if the application is running, providing an option to uninstall the superseded patches, and restricting applications from having a start menu icon, task bar icon, or shortcut icon.
  • Auto-detect and publishing of patches
    Detect newly added applications in the network and publish automatically. This will help in fetching the list of applications that are installed, also notifying whenever a new application gets detected in the network.
  • Extensive third-party software catalogs
    Extend Microsoft SCCM patching to over 270 third-party applications to ensure that all your non-Microsoft applications are getting patched.
  • Deployment reports
    Get data on the SCCM deployment that lists the client machines based on criteria like installed patches, missing patches, and failed installations.

Communitcation between Central Repository and Patch Connect Plus

The Central Repository is a portal in the ManageEngine site, which hosts the latest vulnerability database that has been released after a thorough testing. Patch Connect Plus periodically synchronizes this information and ensures that the latest patches are available for publishing to SCCM. The communication between Patch Connect Plus and the central repository is through the Proxy Server or a direct connection to internet.

Working of Patch Connect Plus

Patch Connect Plus allows you to select the required 3rd party applications, the patches of which will be automatically pushed to WSUS Server. The patches of the selected third party applications are downloaded from the vendor site for publishing to the SCCM server. The patches are then pushed to the SCCM Server and published. The published patches can then be deployed to the required computers from the SCCM Console.

The diagram below depicts the architecture of Patch Connect Plus.

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