Automate, schedule, and validate your system patching with beekeeper software for SCCM to avoid downtime, save OpEx, ensure compliance, and restore your work-life balance.
beekeeper allows your systems administrators to regain time and reduce operational expenses by automating the time consuming process of applying and validating critical system patches.
With custom scheduling options you can avoid downtime by performing patch activities within the maintenance window, adhering to vital compliance and security standards and keeping your enterpise IT operations safe from vulnerabilities, exploits, or bugs.
Discover how beekeeper can help you and your staff reclaim your time.
Set patching activity during your ideal maintenance windows with native Microsoft Systems Center Configuration Manager integration, including execution timeout that guarantees your patching will not exceed the window.
You can even configure complex dates like four days after the second Tuesday of the month or the Saturday after patch Tuesday to be certain that patches land when they have the least impact on production applications and critical systems.
Eliminate manual patch validation from your workflow with beekeeper. Any manual patch checks and many other actions can be validated within beekeeper before, during, and after patch completion. You can rest easy knowing your patch will successfully install and you won't have to rollback.
Validation tasks include:
beekeeper currently supports workloads across Exchange, RightFax, Windows Server clusters, SQL Server, Hyper-V, Cognos, and Lync.
beekeeper reports include Software Update Deployment rollups, Missing Update counts across servers and desktops, Update Categories, and a list of compliant systems vs. systems missing updates. With beekeeper, you can ensure all patches required are installed during a given window, including any mandatory restarts. beekeeper also presents updates to SCCM as soon as they are complete rather than after the maintenance window.
beekeeper can automatically alert administrators via email so you know when your patches were completed and whether any operations failed or systems remain out of compliance. Email reports include the nodes that receive updates, time started and completed, overall duration, and individual patch validations, including destination entity, whether or not the patch must pass, and end result.
Send patches to the servers and devices that need them, when they need them with groups that adhere to Microsoft recommended maintenance tasks and practices. Patch Exchange DAGs, including regular DAGs with AAP and IP-less DAGs without AAP; Windows Failover Clusters including live migration of Hyper-V virtual machine clusters pre-update; and custom groups of servers split by application type or function.
You can even set the order of individual servers within groups so patches are distributed according to your workflow and priority levels.
View patching status on your mobile device with PowerBI integration. Available reports include Endpoint Management, SCCM Overview, Software Updates, and beekeeper Details and Compliance Status.
Set up different views for different user groups, like Executive and Operations, so the relevant information is sent to the person who needs it.
Customize your beekeeper experience by tying it into your existing ticketing system or other applications. You can create and track change orders on a per application basis, with your ticket system managing workflow and accountability and beekeeper driving the patching actions and providing reports. Automate patching while notifying relevant stakeholders — no need to involve the SCCM team.