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Do you use GFI LanGuard or WSUS

Discussion in 'Network Infrastructure' started by onoski, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    I was considering setting up a WSUS server using Windows server 2008 at work for managing our new desktop builds and MS updates.

    However, I am not sure if I should convince my boss to get us GFI LanGuard as I used this at my previous employer location.

    I did like the features and functionality of GFI LanGuard and want to know if WSUS is just as roburst.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. craigie

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    Never used CFI LanGuard, but we do use WSUS and it works well.
     
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  3. wagnerk
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    We've restarted using WSUS here (we stopped when our old one died) and it's works fine, however from what I can see GFI Languard is more comparable to MBSA, rather than WSUS.

    -ken
     
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  4. craigie

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    On first glance, I thought the same, however it can also be used for Patch Management. Not sure if this is across various applications which would give it a heads up over WSUS.
     
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  5. Sparky
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    WSUS v3 is free so worth trialing at least to see if it meets your needs.
     
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  6. onoski

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    Thanks for the feedback guys, as I would be trialing WSUS v3 on Windows server 2008. Roll on WSUS:)
     
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  7. zebulebu

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    WSUS for patching. Its an awesome product - one that MS should be a bit more proud of than it appears to be (I think, because its free, they've taken a business decision not to promote it!)

    LanGuard's patching capabilities are not what it was designed for - although they work perfectly well, its a security scanner first and foremost, with patching capability - which is why its so expensive. It would be pointless for you to spend money on it unless you were using some of its other capabilities. LanGuard is one of those toys I've only ever seen used by companies that work in highly-secure envronments (banking, finance etc) so have a tool like this mandated upon them, or the civil service (where they have so much money they don't know what to do with it)
     
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  8. onoski

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    Thanks, hence am going to implement and use WSUS 3.0 running on Windows server 2008:)
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    I've used WSUS just about everywhere I've worked.
     
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  10. Modey

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    No doubt you remember SUS then. Jeez that was a load of rubbish. :)
     
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  11. zebulebu

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    Oooh - now I'm not having that! I used SUS extensively and, whilst it may have had its foibles, it certainly wasn't a 'load of rubbish'! Most SUS implementations I worked with were already in place when I started at a job/contract, and done by people who either didn't take the time to understand its limitations properly, just put it in to make some quick cash and got the f*** outta Dodge before things started going pear-shaped, or were just deployed without consideration for the network links between sites. WSUS is orders of magnitude better, for sure, but MS has made much, much worse products than SUS - and charged money for them too (step forward Windows Vista, Project Server 2003, the first iteration of Sharepoint etc etc)
     
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  12. Modey

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    I remember it having quite a primative interface and completely ignoring the fact that I had requested english only patches, then going ahead and downloading everything etc... It was very poor compared to WSUS IMO.
     
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  13. BosonMichael
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    I agree with Zeb... worked just fine for me.
     
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  14. Modey

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    I don't remember saying it didn't work ...
     
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  15. onoski

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    Glad to hear from people that actually like this product WSUS and have used it. Thanks for sharing guys:)
     
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  16. zebulebu

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    Yeah - I'm with you on the interface, it was pants. I'm not a fan of web consoles in general - i can count the number of products that work better with a web interface than a 'fat' client on the fingers of one knee - McAfee EPO being my most currently hated example (the old EPO console was awesome - 4.0's web interface replacement is absolutely dire)

    Never had the language issue you mentioned - and I must have used SUS at ten different sites (most of which, as mentioned earlier, were in a pretty shoddy state when I took them over).

    I'm not saying WSUS isn't an improvement (it undoubtedly is) but I wouldn't call SUS 'rubbish'. The first version Sharepoint - now THAT was rubbish!
     
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  17. BosonMichael
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    It worked fine, so to me, it wasn't rubbish. ;)
     
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  18. Modey

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    Fair enough, I just didn't like it. WSUS was a BIG improvement. WSUS 3.0 is pretty cool, just implemented at work it as a virtual server under HyperV last week.
     
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  19. BrizoH

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    WSUS was a big improvement on SUS, but the older guys may remember the pre SUS days when patching was a real nightmare.

    I remember when Shavlik's hfnetchk was a revelation in patching - showing my age now :)
     
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  20. Sparky
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    Yup, WSUS was a big jump forward from SUS.

    I do remember the language issue as well, despite picking English it downloaded everything! :eek:
     
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