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By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2005-08-22 Print this article Print

Evaluation Shortlist BigFix Inc.s BigFix Solid patch management, with new partnerships that beef up endpoint control and spyware protection (

Microsoft Corp.s Windows Server Update Services Its free and it works—but its not as full-featured or cross-platform as competitors (

Patchlink Corp.s Patchlink Update 6 An excellent product with wide operating system support; also coming soon to wireless devices (

Shavlik Technologies LLCs HFNetChkPro 5 Doesnt require client agents but requires a separate product for non-Windows hosts (

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Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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