Managing third-party patches for WSUS is a tedious and ongoing task that requires many hours of time spent researching, building, patch testing, deploying, reporting, and debugging. With XEOX, companies using WSUS can reduce the time spent dealing with WSUS patch management by supplying pre-built, fully tested, ready to use packages for popular third party applications. XEOX is designed to leverage the Microsoft WSUS infrastructure and enable successful deployment, management and reporting for third-party patches.
With XEOX, administrators can use advanced WSUS patch management capabilities to gain increased control over Microsoft WSUS. A lot of time and effort can be saved by automating various patching processes. XEOX Patch Manager makes it easy to schedule patch management tasks to run during the maintenance window, select which systems to patch, and receive relevant notifications once the process is complete. Use the immediate schedule and reboot feature to help desktops or servers prove compliance as quickly as possible.
Another reason why you should use WSUS and XEOX together is that these two tools in combination do not interfere with the Internet at your workplace. WSUS brings the updates you want directly to your server. This means that XEOX only needs to deploy patches to the server and not download updates from the Internet. This is very helpful because it means that bandwidth is not affected and the Internet is always maintained – no possible outage.
You should also keep in mind that it is very safe to use WSUS and XEOX in combination, because the installations – updates, installation of new software – have been verified twice. First, WSUS detects that there is a possible new update. After that you can check with XEOX if the new update is wanted/necessary. If yes, you can use XEOX to install it automatically on all your computers.
Patching with WSUS only works if the WSUS server is always up to date. In the working life, however, it can happen quickly that one forgets such a trivial thing. With the help of XEOX the updating of the WSUS server cannot happen. So I can define that I install updates only from WSUS, but still search them with XEOX. So I can see which updates are available – which I could have. So the updates are seen but they are not installed. So if you find that there are new Windows updates but they are not installed automatically you know that your WSUS server is not up to date.
However, in recent years there have been more and more problems with WSUS. There are many people who no longer want to use WSUS. Of course, if you don’t want to continue using WSUS, there is the option to replace it completely and utilize XEOX for all your tasks instead. This is especially convenient if you don’t like to use multiple tools at the same time. This works in XEOX with so-called update lists (allow or deny lists). You can create and manage these under Job Center -> Update lists. Then they can be defined in the WuInstall Actions in the Job Editor.