Effective Windows update
and patch checking with PRTG
PRTG monitors Windows patches & updates in your network
PRTG notifies you in the event of faulty or incomplete updates
PRTG provides an overview via a centralized dashboard
PRTG comes with a built-in alarm for increased security and uses WMI, PowerShell, and SNMP
PRTG frees up precious time by offering automated monitoring
Update & patch checker – what are you looking for?
- Update checker: Greater software and operating system security
- How Update checking with PRTG works
- 3 sensors for Windows update and patch monitoring
- PRTG licensing model – free trial version to licenses that meet all your needs
- Updates and patches – what’s the difference?
- No updates in sight? Here are some common causes – and consequences
- 4 good reasons to choose PRTG as your update monitoring tool
Update checker: Greater software and operating system security
Software and operating systems are constantly evolving. Every week, new weak spots are discovered and eliminated. Security loopholes are detected and closed. Above all, security-related updates and patches must be added quickly in order to remove dangerous gateways in your systems.
Professional update and patch monitoring ensures that all of the operating systems and applications currently in use are up-to-date. Gone are the days of manually checking for all the latest versions. With PRTG in the background, you can rest assured that when it comes to your Windows hosts, everything is in order.
Thanks to PRTG, the entire staff can work with peace of mind.
“The greatest advantage of PRTG? You get to rest easy.“
Steffen Ille, Bauhaus-University of Weimar, Germany
How update checking with PRTG works
How PRTG defines sensors
In PRTG, “sensors” are the basic monitoring elements. One sensor usually monitors one measured value in your network, e.g. the traffic of a switch port, the CPU load of a server, the free space of a disk drive. On average you need about 5-10 sensors per device or one sensor per switch port.
A sensor scans Windows operating systems for their current version, then inquires online as to the most current version available. If the two do not match, the administrator will be notified as instructed or an update will be arranged.
How update checking in PRTG looks like
This sensor tells you when the last update was performed on an individual device. It also displays the Windows updates that have already been installed and notifies you if updates are missing or critical updates have yet to be installed.
WMI Security Center Sensor
This sensor displays the update status of Windows Security Center. It will also send you a message if Windows Defender – the Windows virus scanner – is no longer up-to-date.
WSUS Statistics Sensor
The WSUS Statistics Sensor monitors the Windows Server Updates Services (WSUS) Server, or the server that distributes all Windows updates. It collects and consolidates various statistics on all your devices. You’ll see, for example, which computers still need updates or where errors have occurred. This sensor provides you with a total overview.
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Windows updates – or more? The flexible PRTG licensing model
Free update and patch checker
Simply looking for a way to make sure your Windows system is always up-to-date? If so, then the free version of PRTG is for you. It comes with 100 sensors, the alarm, the reports function, and all the other features. Download PRTG, create the above-mentioned sensors, and get started with limited monitoring.
Comprehensive monitoring tool
The advantage of our software? PRTG is a centralized tool for your entire network. Checking the status of your network, applications, bandwidth, and traffic has never been easier. Save time, effort, and lots of frustration. PRTG comes with a customizable alarm system that alerts you before noticeable disruptions or malfunctions make life difficult for your coworkers. See our prices.
Software patches and updates: The same thing?
What is patch monitoring?
Patches are offered for operating systems and software. They are usually made available when an error is detected which must be fixed at once. Such errors often include security loopholes. Windows can offer several patches in one package. Each patch detected by the PRTG patch checker has a different version number.
What is update monitoring?
Updates are also used to optimize programs. But unlike patches, they are scheduled in advance and do not take place at once. Updates (or “upgrades”) are offered when new features become available for a system or piece of software. They therefore upgrade and enhance programs. The program is updated and receives a new version number.
PRTG makes your job easier
Our monitoring software frees you to focus on other tasks by promptly notifying you of potential issues.
PRTG gives you one central monitoring tool for your servers and entire network. Enjoy a quick overview of your whole infrastructure via our dashboard and app.
Getting started with PRTG is a breeze. Setting up or switching from another network monitoring tool is easy thanks to the auto-discovery and pre-configured device templates.
No updates in sight? Here are some common causes – and consequences
Too many devices in the network
IT infrastructures have a way of expanding over the years. They deploy servers, routers, workstations, and other devices, most of which are made by different manufacturers. Because these devices are added to the network at different times, they often run on different versions of an operating system or on different systems altogether. What’s more, the same patch or update is not always required for every computer.
Errors during installations
Like backups, many updates are performed at night to prevent them from disrupting a company’s daily business. However, if errors occur at night, they’re not always detected the next morning. An automatic update and patch checker keeps system administrators in the know.
On the other hand, without an update and patch checker, security loopholes can quickly crop up in the network. Here, firewalls and antivirus software often provide for little or no defense. Update and patch monitoring therefore helps administrators keep their systems secure. Outdated versions are a real security risk.
4 good reasons to choose PRTG as your update checking tool
An enhanced overview
Enjoy a quick and easy overview of the status of your software and operating system, as well as any updates and patches which were successful or failed.
Should an update fail or security patches become available, you will be notified immediately, wherever you are.
Automation for a lighter workload
By relying on the PRTG sensors and notifications, you no longer need to take the time to manually check each and every case.
Thanks to the additional safeguarding of your update process, you can ensure critical weak spots are eliminated as quickly as possible.
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Your network at a glance – even on the go
PRTG is set up in a matter of minutes and can be used on a wide variety of mobile devices.
“Easy to implement and configure with good technical support.”
R. v. S., ICT Manager at Heinen & Hopman Eng BV
You can scan and monitor this with your PRTG
PRTG: The multi-tool for sysadminsAdapt PRTG individually and dynamically to your needs and rely on a strong API:
- HTTP API: Access monitoring data and manipulate monitoring objects via HTTP requests
- Custom sensors: Create your own PRTG sensors for customized monitoring
- Custom notifications: Create your own notifications and send action triggers to external systems
- REST Custom sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides data in XML or JSON format
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Over 95% of our customers say yes!
Paessler AG conducted trials in over 600 IT departments worldwide to tune its network monitoring software closer to the needs of sysadmins.
The result of the survey: over 95% of the participants would recommend PRTG – or already have.
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Paessler PRTG is used by companies of all sizes. Sysadmins love PRTG because it makes their job a whole lot easier.
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