Understanding patch management options for student computers
Every fall, higher education institutions host the return of thousands of students to campus. While this return is a challenge on many fronts, in recent years it has become increasingly challenging for IT staff to mitigate the threat posed by unmanaged student machines. For the 2005 back to school timeframe, Microsoft has several options for managing the patching and vulnerability assessment process, most of which are no-cost service add-ons to Windows 2003 Server.
- Microsoft Update
- Windows Server Update Service (WSUS)
- Systems Management Server (SMS)