Using Shavlik Patch with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 – Part 3 : Installing the Shavlik Patch Configuration Manager Add-in

Posted: April 28, 2014 in Configuration Manager, System Center Configuration Manager 2012
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In this part we’ll install the Shavlik Patch Configuration Manager Add-in and take a look at what’s added to the Configuration Manager Console.

Installing the Shavlik Patch Configuration Manager Add-in
  1. Using a Web browser, go to: http://www.shavlik.com/downloads/patch/
  2. Click the Shavlik Patch box and download the Shavlik Patch for Configuration Manager 2012 setup file.
  3. Close System Center Configuration Manager Console if open.
  4. Begin the Shavlik Patch installation by double-clicking the file named shavlikpatchsetup.exe.
  5. Select the check box to accept the license agreement and then click Install.1
  6. After the files have been installed the Completed dialog is displayed. Click Finish.2

What the Shavlik Patch Add-in adds to Configuration Manager

Installing the Shavlik Patch add-in will add two new list items to the Software Library > Software Updates folder. It will also add a Settings toolbar button to the Configuration Manager Home tab when either of the two new list items are selected.

The first time you use the Shavlik Patch add-in the Shavlik Patch Settings dialog will automatically be displayed. You must use this dialog to specify how to connect to your WSUS server and to your Protect Cloud account. You can return to this dialog at any time using the Settings button on the Home tab.3

We will look at more how to configure the settings in the next part of this series, but for now we’ll configure the needed options to see what Shavlik Patch add-in adds to Configuration Manager.

  1. Select the WSUS Server Tab, confirm the name or IP address of your WSUS Server. This information will normally be detected and automatically populated. Confirm the port number used when making a connection to your WSUS Server. The default value for unsecured connections is either 80 or 8530. For secured connections you will typically use either 443 or 8531. If your WSUS Server has been configured to use a secure connection, enable this check box. A secure connection is mandatory if you need to import a signing certificate. (We’ll look more at this in the next part of this series). If you want to test your ability to access the WSUS Server, click Test Connection.4
  2. Select the Account Tab, you must be signed in to the Shavlik Protect Cloud service in order for the add-in to automatically access and download the full Shavlik Patch catalog. The add-in uses your Protect Cloud account to periodically check for a new catalog. If you do not have a Protect Cloud account you will only receive trial content, which consists of only a few sample updates. We’ll use the trail content in this series so just leave User Name and Password blank.5
  3. Select the Schedule Tab, this tab is used to publish updates using a recurring scheduled task. We’ll look at this this later in this series, so leave the default settings on this tab and click OK.6

When you clicked OK in step 3 above, the add-in will fetch the trail content from the catalog an display in the Configuration Manager Console.

Shavlik Patch: Contains all the updates available in the Shavlik Patch catalog. You will use this list to locate and publish updates.7

Published Third-Party Updates: Contains all the third-party updates that have been published to WSUS. The updates may have been published using Shavlik Patch or by another mechanism. You will use this list to review and manage the updates. The most common use will be to expire updates.8

Understanding the Information in the Shavlik Patch Grid

The Shavlik Patch grid contains a number of unique columns that help you identify the status of each update.

  • Published: Indicates if the update has been published to WSUS.
  • Published Revision: This number is incremented each time a revision to that update is published. All published updates will have a number greater than zero.
  • Revised: Indicates if the update is a revision to an update that was previously published. If so, the check box in the Selected column will be enabled. Publishing such an update will create a new revision and will increment the Published Revision number. A revision update alters only the metadata and not the update package. A revision is posted to the Shavlik Patch catalog whenever any of the following need updating:
    • The detection logic that determines if a patch applies to a system and if it is already installed
    • Any text related to the update

 

Postings in this series:

Using Shavlik Patch with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 – Part 1 : Introduction
Using Shavlik Patch with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 – Part 2 : System Requirements
Using Shavlik Patch with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 – Part 3 : Installing the Shavlik Patch Configuration Manager Add-in
Using Shavlik Patch with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 – Part 4 : Configuring Your Shavlik Patch Settings
Using Shavlik Patch with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 – Part 5 : How to Publish Updates
Using Shavlik Patch with Configuration Manager 2012 R2 – Part 6 : Expiring Third-Party Updates

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