Major Program Features

The following program features are available using the selection box located at the top of the navigation pane.

 

Machine groups are used to define the machines you want included in a particular scan. Many actions within the program are performed using machine groups. The Machine Groups pane contains the following:

  • My Machine: A default group consisting of only the console machine.

  • My Domain: A default group consisting of the machines in the local domain.

  • My Test Machines: A default group that is initially empty. You should add machines to this group that represent a 'smaller' view of your actual network environment and use the group to perform tests.

  • Entire Network: A default group consisting of all machines visible on the network.

  • My Machine Groups: Contains a list of your custom machine groups. To create a custom machine group, select New > Machine Group.

A patch group is a collection of patches that you wish to scan for and/or deploy. A service pack (SP) group is a collection of service packs that you wish to deploy using agents. Patch groups and service pack groups can represent required or mandatory patches/SPs that have been approved for your organization. To create a new group, select New > Patch Group or New > Service Pack Group.

An agent policy defines exactly what an agent can and cannot do. With Shavlik Protect Agent you can create as many different agent policies as is needed. A policy can be used to scan for missing patches, to scan for threats, or both. To create a new agent policy, select New > Agent Policy.

Shavlik Protect supports the use of a number of different types of templates.

  • A patch scan template defines exactly how a patch scan will be performed. The available patch scan templates are:
  • Security Patch Scan: Scans for missing and installed security patches. Allows the scanner engine to scan 64 machines simultaneously.

  • WUScan: Scans for both security patches and non-security patches. Allows the scanner engine to scan 64 machines simultaneously.

To create your own custom patch scan template, select New > Patch Scan Template.

  • A deployment template provides a way to save desired settings for patch deployment and have them quickly available for future deployments.  To view the settings for the three default templates, click Agent Standard, Standard, or Virtual Machine Standard.  To create a new template, select New > Deployment Template.

  • A asset scan template defines exactly how an asset scan will be performed. The default asset scan template is configured to perform a software, hardware, and virtual asset scan. It allows the scanner engine to scan 64 machines simultaneously.

You can also create your own unique asset scan template by selecting New > Asset Scan Template.

  • A power state template defines what power management tasks should be performed. The default power state template is named Standard Power and is configured to initiate a restart of the selected machines. It enables a logged on user to extend the reboot in one minute increments up to 10 minutes.

You can also create your own unique power state template by clicking New > Power State Template.

Note: Power management (including Wake-on-LAN) is a separately licensable add-on to Shavlik Protect.

  • An ITScripts template specifies which script to execute and what parameter values and mode to use when executing the script. You can create an ITScripts template by clicking New > ITScripts Template.

Note: ITScripts contains an ITPro component that is a separately licensable add-on to Shavlik Protect.

A favorite is a collection of machines to scan and a choice of how to scan them.  To create a new favorite, select New > Favorite. Select the machine groups you want to scan and then select the desired scan template.

The Virtual Inventory list is used to manage and track the vCenter Servers and the ESXi hosts that are used in your organization. You can use the Virtual Inventory feature to:

A history of the patch scans, patch deployments, and power status scans that you have performed is available in the Results list.

  • To view the results of a scan or deployment that you performed today, simply expand the Today's Items list and select the desired item. You can right-click on an item to either delete it from the list or to rename it.

  • To view the results of a scan or deployment that was performed within the last 15 days, simply expand the Recent Items list and select the desired item. (The number of days is configurable via Tools > Options > Display.) You can right-click on an item to either delete it from the list or to rename it.

  • To view the results of a scan or deployment that was performed over 15 days ago, simply expand the Archive Items list and select the desired item. (The number of days is configurable via Tools > Options > Display.) You can right-click on an item to either delete it from the list or to rename it.

Here's a quicker method for deleting many items at once from any of these lists:

1) Select Manage > Items.

2) On the summary screen that appears select the items you want to delete.

3) Click Delete Selected.