Top 8 WSUS alternatives

Windows Server Update Services, commonly referred to as WSUS, serves as an essential element within the Windows Server ecosystem. It empowers administrators to oversee the deployment of updates, hotfixes, and patches designed for Microsoft products. Initially, these updates are acquired from the Microsoft Update website and subsequently disseminated to all networked computers.

By doing so, WSUS effectively minimizes the bandwidth consumption associated with upgrades, as each networked computer acquires its updates from the WSUS Server instead of individually downloading them from the Internet.

SolarWinds Patch Manager stands as specialized software for managing software vulnerabilities. It builds upon WSUS, reducing security risks and minimizing service disruptions by ensuring timely and controlled application of patches. Moreover, it integrates SCCM monitoring, enabling interaction with agents operating on Mac OS, Linux, Unix, iOS, Android devices, and the complete spectrum of Windows operating systems.

Patch Manager Plus is a component of ManageEngine’s suite of IT infrastructure management tools and can be seamlessly integrated as a plugin. The software primarily operates in Windows and Windows Server environments, but it offers agents that extend its capability to monitor software statuses on Mac OS and Linux systems as well.

The Patch Manager Plus by ManageEngine adheres to a structured six-step patch management process: synchronization, scanning, downloading, testing, deploying approved patches to respective computers, and generating comprehensive reports.

BatchPatch is a versatile tool that can operate alongside WSUS for retrieving and storing updates, but it also functions independently as a patch management tool. It’s a user-friendly application that enables you to load a list of computers and initiate the Windows update installation and reboot process on all of them concurrently.

BatchPatch is designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind—no installation is required; just launch the executable file and you’re good to go! You begin by loading a list of computer names, IP addresses, or MAC addresses. Then, you can select one or more rows in the grid to execute actions on the chosen hosts, either by right-clicking on the selected rows or using the Actions menu.

Kaseya VSA empowers users to define comprehensive monitoring and alerting policies, allowing for customization based on various dimensions such as clients, departments, asset types, or users—tailored to the specific needs of your business. Additionally, it enables the creation of proactive alerts that notify you before an issue affects end-users. For instance, you can monitor devices for disk defragmentation and establish rules for automatic defragmentation during times that have minimal impact on business operations.

WuInstall is a command-line tool designed for Windows, offering controlled installation of Windows updates for individual workstations using command-line scripts rather than relying on standard Windows update functionality. It provides administrators with the capability to update multiple workstations simultaneously, either by running WuInstall in shutdown scripts or on workstations where users have turned off Windows Automatic Updates.

WuInstall leverages the Windows update API to search for available updates for a specific workstation, either on the internal WSUS server or the external Microsoft Update Server, depending on system configuration. The tool then downloads and/or installs the identified updates.

XEOX provides a comprehensive solution for businesses and IT administrators seeking effective remote computer system and network management. Through XEOX, IT professionals can access a wide range of functionalities, including remote monitoring, software deployment, patch management, inventory tracking, and more. This empowers them to efficiently oversee IT infrastructures, maintain system health, and swiftly address any issues. XEOX finds utility across various industries and caters to businesses of all sizes, facilitating seamless IT management.

NinjaOne Patch Manager, part of a SaaS-based remote monitoring and management package, streamlines patching for Windows, Linux, and macOS systems, including over 135 third-party apps, boosting technician efficiency. It leverages autodiscovery for endpoint and server updates, maintains software inventories, and manages complex, multi-round patching. Technicians schedule maintenance windows, and NinjaOne automates patch deployment while offering control. The patch manager operates during non-office hours, logs executions, and provides dashboard updates for technician oversight and manual intervention if needed.

Automox

Automox is more than just a patch management tool; it’s a comprehensive IT operations system that also handles configuration management, software distribution, policy enforcement, and quick vulnerability remediation. It supports various endpoints, including Windows, macOS, and Linux, and can patch a wide range of third-party applications. As a SaaS product, Automox offers two subscription options: Patch for patch management needs, including device inventories and basic reporting, and Patch & Manage, which includes advanced features like software installation, rule-based patching, and SAML authentication.

Try XEOX and make your life easier!

XEOX is a cloud based modern remote monitoring and management software solution for IT teams and professionals to gain better visibility and control over all critical assets in their company’s or customer’s IT environment. This advanced RMM tool allows to manage various IT assets automatically and remotely from a central location using any device.

The software is equipped with tools that streamline repetitive IT support and management tasks. It enables automated deployment and installation of software packages to endpoints, computers and users without causing disruption. XEOX simplifies patch management processes with instant endpoint scanning, patch distribution and patch compliance reporting capabilities.

IT teams and professionals gain a complete and clear view of their entire network. They can monitor the activity of users and devices connecting to VLAN networks and receive notifications about switch port status and availability. Efficient endpoint management also allows them to detect and fix problems on their Windows endpoints immediately. XEOX also has a mobile app that allows them to track and troubleshoot issues, perform tasks, and access important alerts anywhere.

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