Altiris Patch Management

Product Overview

Altiris® Patch Management Solution allows you to proactively manage patches and software updates by automating the collection, analysis, and delivery of patches across your enterprise.The solution can significantly help you decrease the costs involved in delivering patches throughout your enterprise and integrates with Altiris Recovery Solution for stable-state rollback.

Key Features

  • Provides a repository that includes information on each software bulletin, such as technical details, severity ratings, and number of updates
  • Automates the downloads from the vendor site prior to distribution without administrator intervention
  • Discovers detailed information on the OS and applications, and inventories installed updates
  • Provides control over batched installations, rebooting, and simplified selection of command line options



With so many patches, it’s difficult to distribute and verify that patches are actually installed. In a few easy steps, Patch Management Solution automatically creates policies to deploy all software updates for a given bulletin.The solution supports both the well-connected (on the LAN or WAN), or occasionally connected (dial-up) computer. Bandwidth throttling and checkpoint restart capabilities allow you to “drizzle” packages to LAN-based and remote and mobile users regardless of connectivity. After patches are delivered, desired-state policies run on an ongoing basis to ensure that a required patch remains installed.
The number of patches makes it difficult for your IT staff to identify which patches you need. Patch Management Solution helps eliminate the manual process of gathering data by using an information repository specifically tailored to automate the patch management process.The repository provides comprehensive data on software bulletins, software updates, installation requirements, and software releases. A centralized aggregate view of all available patches allows you to easily identify open vulnerabilities ranked by severity. Automatic e-mails alert you when new bulletins are released, so you can identify new vulnerabilities.
Some patches can cause system or application instability, so you need to test or stage patches before deploying them. Patch Management Solution allows to you assign patches to functional groups of computers, whether in a test environment, an Active Directory OU, all computers on the third floor, all SQL servers, or all Red Hat* servers.You can easily target the patch to a smaller set of test computers to determine the likelihood of system or application problems before rolling out the patch.


System Requirements

The Symantec Platform includes the Symantec Management Console, Database, Notification Server and Client Management Suite management components.

Symantec Platform

  • SQL Server 2008,. 2012 or 2014
  • Windows Server2008 R2 or 2012 R2

Windows Agent

  • Windows XP
  • Windows 7, 8 and 10
  • Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012

Linux Agent

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 3 (x86_64), 4, 4 (x86_64), 5, 5 (x86_64)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, 10 (x86_64)

Mac Agent

  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 (PPC), 10.4.x (Universal binary), 10.5.x (Universal binary)
  • Mac OS X Server 10.3.9 (PPC), 10.4.x (Universal binary), 10.5.x (Universal binary)


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