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IT Weekly Roundup, June 17

From the business wires this week: a centralized console for deploying security patches, solutions that notify users of vulnerabilities in need of patching, and automated inventory software.

Gravity Storm Software announced the release of Service Pack Manager (SPM) 7.1, which now offers admins the ability to set up a centralized approval process for security patches and deploying them to secondary network servers for clients using Windows NT/2000/XP/2003. SPM 7.1 also features enhancements in its ability to manage and secure Windows Firewall. http://www.securitybastion.com

SMS Expert released SMS Companion, a solution that load balances SMS deployments across a network. Features include Wake on LAN, scalability and integration with SMS MMC and policy-based management. http://www.smsexpert.com

PatchAdvisor, Inc. released its new suite of vulnerability intelligence solutions. PA Flash! is a Web-based tool targeted at small businesses, which notifies users by e-mail of new threats to their systems based on the operating systems and applications they use. PA Alert! is a granular and configurable enterprise vulnerability alert service for more than 13,000 applications, operating systems, security systems and network equipment. PA Source delivers an XML-formatted feed that provides access to PatchAdvisor’s vulnerability database. http://www.patchadvisor.com

iInventory 7,1
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Keep track of all the software and hardware your organization owns with iInventory 7.1.

The latest version of iInventory, an automated inventory software for Windows, Mac and Linux, was released. Version 7.1 features remote on-demand audit of Windows computers; remote detection of network assests via NetBIOS, Active Directory or IP address; and automatic data import. iInventroy 7.1 supports Windows XP/2000 and has database options for Microsoft Access, MSDE and SQL Server. http://www.iinventory.com

VXL Instruments Ltd. launched the successor to its InControl 4 remote management software: XLmanage. With it, admins can manage from a single console all the VXL thin clients using Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded and Gio Linux—which it can detect automatically—across a LAN, WAN or NAT network. http://www.vxl.net

Teslain Rohos Welcome 1.2
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With Rohos Welcome 1.2, you can authenticate users using USB flash drives and also estimate how much time your kids spend on the computer.

Teslain released Rohos Welcome 1.2, a software solution that enables USB drives to be used as physical logon keys for Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/2003. Users can automatically login by simply plugging in a USB flash drive configured with Rohos Welcome 1.2 and lock the computer down by unplugging it. A personal license is $25. http://www.rohos.com

Lasso Logic unveiled its disk-based data protection software Lasso CDP. Designed for small and medium-sized businesses in mind, the tapeless backup system backs up data, both locally and remotely, and automatically whenever there is new or changed information. Lasso CDP can be administered remotely through a Web-based console. Priced at $1,449. http://www.lassologic.com

About the Author

Dan Hong is the associate Web editor of MCPmag.com, CertCities.com, TCPmag.com, Redmondmag.com and RCPmag.com.

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