BigFix Patch for CentOS Linux keeps your Linux clients current with the latest updates and service packs.

For each new patch or update that becomes available, BigFix releases a Fixlet® that can identify and remediate all the computers in your enterprise that need it. With a few keystrokes, the BigFix Console Operator can apply the patch to all the relevant computers and visualize its progress as it deploys throughout the network. The BigFix agent checks the operating system version, file versions, the language of the system and other relevant factors to determine when and if a patch is necessary.

BigFix tests each Fixlet® in its laboratory before it is released and often finds issues that are dealt with by attaching extra notes to the Fixlet®. These notes typically allow the Console Operator to work around the problem, adding extra value to the patching process. BigFix incorporates also user feedback into notes, ensuring that you receive the latest information.

Fixlets allow you to manage large numbers of updates and patches with comparative ease, enabling automated, highly targeted deployment on any schedule that you want. Large downloads can be phased to optimize network bandwidth and the entire deployment process can be monitored, graphed, and recorded for inventory or audit control.

Figure 1. Patch Management navigation tree

Patch Management navigation tree