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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