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Using Puppet and Foreman for Windows patch management

asked 2018-09-24 07:51:55 -0600

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I have been reading for the last few hours and I am not finding a good concise answer on Google regarding the capabilities of the two projects together. Currently I am using SCCM to patch my Windows Clients but with third party apps it falls short without adding even money to my shrinking budget. I am also not much on recurring cost. At my job we need to save money for payroll, the I.T. budget keeps shrinking. As small as we are SCCM is no longer making that much sense. I could patch the Windows clients with WSUS and find something that actually does third party patch management.

I have zero issues learning a new product, SCCM took me a few weeks to get comfortable with. I am extremely comfortable with Linux, I have been using it for various things for 15 years now. What I am trying to find out is can the products automatically update WIndows 3rd party applications?

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answered 2018-10-16 21:13:13 -0600

We use Chocolatey to provide Puppet friendly package manager like features for third party Windows apps. It's not something I'm that involved in but I'd take a look at it to see if it can manage application patching for you.

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I am not an expert on Chocolatey, so someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Chocolatey can only manage applications that it installs. If that works for your needs, it's great.

NateSticco gravatar imageNateSticco ( 2018-12-21 12:58:36 -0600 )edit

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