A second update in the same month of June reiterates the fact that we are focused and invested in making the SVM Patch Publisher not just an alternative solution for all the ActiveX-dependent functionalities of the previous SVM web console, but also to offer additional capabilities with a modern interface and better user experience. You will see the following notable enhancements to the SVM Patch Publisher in this update:
Agent Deployment Support
The SVM Patch Publisher (v7.1) now has the Agent Deployment view. This view enables you to create and publish the SVM agent to one of the configured endpoint management systems to deploy to the devices in your environment. This view also gives you insights into the number of devices that have the agent installed as well as the version of the agents installed.
Patch Template Support
You can subscribe to an SPS patch template for automation so that new versions of the patch are automatically published to the specified endpoint management system when available (based on the criteria selected while subscribing to the patch for automation). A prerequisite to subscribing an SPS patch for automation is to create a Patch Template that defines your configuration choices. As with the older web user interface, the Create Update Package wizard in the Flexera Package System (SPS) provides an option to save an SPS patch with the desired customization as a patch template. The Patch Template view in the Patch Publisher shows the list of all the patch templates created for SPS patches. While the ability to specify criteria and subscribe for automation continues to be found in the SVM web console, this view provides the ability to edit templates and publish to a configured endpoint management system within the SVM Patch Publisher.
Create Custom Packages
The Bring Your Own Patch (BYOP) view helps you identify the applications that are not covered by the SPS and VPM patch catalogs. For such applications, you may bring your own patch to SVM, perhaps from the vendor directly. The Create Custom Package wizard enables you to specify a setup/installer file, the applicability criteria and allows you to publish it to a connected endpoint management system. The specified patch installer file and the applicability criteria will be wrapped in a script to generate patch (much like SPS) you can publish for deployment.
Create Uninstall Packages
For all the SPS patches that have ‘Uninstallable’ value set to ‘Yes’ in the SPS view, you will now to be able to create an uninstall package and publish it from within the SPS Patch Publisher.
Create Update Package Wizard Enhancements
If you wish to add any additional files to the SPS patch file, then the Create Update Package wizard now has the capability to add a URL for a file to be downloaded dynamically while publishing and localization file in the Package Content panel. The wizard is also enhanced to add paths in the Applicability Criteria – Paths panel. Note that we intend to provide the ability to add files from the local machine in a future update.
Configure Patch Views
The Configure View capability in both SPS and VPM views provides various criteria to select from, to customize the views to display only the products based on your desired selection. In the last June update, it was a known issue that the selections made in Configure View dialog were not applied to the SPS view, this issue is resolved in this update.
Subscribe to automate patches (currently web only)
View the publish status of patches
Ability to publish one patch to multiple distribution systems
In addition to these SVM Patch Publisher updates, the range on the number of days for automated host deletion has been enhanced to accept numbers from 0 to 365 and a couple of customer-reported defects have also been addressed in this update.