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To automate the patching of Linux, UNIX, and Windows managed machines in your environment, you configure the patching repository and optional alternate location machines used to store and distribute the patches, either geographically or across firewalls. Automated patching includes both event-driven and scheduled patch assessment and deployment. After you configure the environment, no additional intervention is required to deploy the patches to managed machines.
When managed machines are distributed geographically or by firewalls in a Linux and UNIX environment, VCM supports primary and secondary patch repositories to store patches for staging and deployment to target managed machines. The primary patching repository Red Hat Linux machine has the Software Content Reository (SCR) Tool and the VCM Agent installed. One or more geographically distributed alternate location Red Hat Linux machines serve as secondary patch repositories that VCM uses to patch managed machines.
Automatic Patching of Linux and UNIX Managed Machines with VCM
Understand the patch assessment and deployment actions, and perform the prerequisite tasks. See Prerequisite Tasks and Requirements.
Configuring the Patching Repository Machine
To patch managed Linux and UNIX machines, you must install a Red Hat Linux 6, 64-bit machine as the patching repository, configure the communication protocols, and download and configure the Software Content Repository (SCR) Tool.
(Optional) Configuring the Alternate Location Patch Repository Machines
To patch managed machines in a distributed patching environment, you configure one or more Red Hat Linux 6, 64-bit machines as alternate location patch repositories to store copies of the Linux and UNIX patches for VCM to deploy to managed machines.
Configuring VCM to Work with the Patching Repository and Alternate Locations
You must configure VCM to work with the patching repository and optional alternate location patch repository machines.
Deploying Patches with Automated Patch Assessment and Deployment
To ensure that Linux, UNIX, and Windows managed machines always include the latest patches, you can have VCM deploy patches to the managed machines when certain events occur in your environment. After you perform the initial configuration for the automatic deployment, no intervention is required to deploy patches to managed machines.
Configure VCM for Automatic Scheduled Patch Assessment and Deployment
To ensure that Linux, UNIX, and Windows managed machines are updated with the latest patches on a regular basis, you can schedule VCM to deploy patches to the managed machines. The automatic scheduled patch assessment and deployment matches a machine group to a patch assessment template.
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