By a wide margin, readers chose Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 as Best Service Pack and Patch Management Tool. A reader from Alberta, Canada, expressed why this product is so popular: "Microsoft is good at getting the updates out and keeping the costs down."

With the Software Update Services (SUS) Feature Pack installed, SMS 2.0 delivers tools that let administrators keep abreast of newly available patches and updates, determine which systems require the updates, and quickly and safely deploy the updates. The SUS Feature Pack integrates completely with SMS 2.0's inventory and software distribution capability to provide a simple, automated solution for deploying security patches and Microsoft Office software updates. Using SMS 2.0 functionality, administrators can compare software updates from Microsoft with updates that are present on targeted computers to ensure that only necessary updates are installed.

MICROSOFT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT SERVER (SMS) 2.0
Microsoft
Redmond, Washington
425-882-8080
http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/default.asp
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