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Microsoft's WUS can't go it alone, Shavlik says

One result of Microsoft's developing patch management strategy will be the eventual elimination of Shavlik Technologies LLC's scanning technology in favor of something developed in-house by Redmond.

Microsoft executives said recently that Shavlik's HFNetChk will not be a part of Windows Update Services (WUS), the next version of Microsoft's basic patching technology. HFNetChk, which Microsoft uses in its Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA), is the command-line tool that IT administrators use to assess whether computers lack security patches.

When WUS, formally called Software Update Services 2.0, is available later this year, customers will have a rebuilt scanning engine made by Microsoft, according to Steve Anderson, Microsoft's director of Windows Server marketing.


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