Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2008-09-15
 
 
 

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching

 

eWEEK Labs tests Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5, the first tool we've used that enables offline virtual machine patching. By Cameron Sturdevant

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - VM Image Is Offline

 

Notice on the left side of the screen that "cameron ewk023 w2003R2" is powered off.

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - VM Image Is Offline

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Whats Missing?

 

In the upper left, notice that "ewk023" is noted as an offline virtual image with a blue "v" icon. Upper right is the patch list that shows a sea of red missing patches. Across the bottom of the screen is useful graphical information about this particular offline image.

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Whats Missing?

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Ready to Deploy

 

I've selected a single patch (details are shown in the screen across the bottom).

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Ready to Deploy

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Get Set to Deploy

 

I've specified that the patch should be installed immediately to the offline image. This really means that the image is mounted, and the patch and the NetChk installation components are copied to the image. The patch is not actually executed until the image is powered on in the VMware VirtualCenter environment.

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Get Set to Deploy

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Deployment Status

 

Here we see that the image has been mounted and the components are being copied to the image.

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Deployment Status

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Scheduled

 

Notice in this screen that the highlighted patch has a status of scheduled. (Look in the "Deployment" column.) Although I specified that the patch should be deployed immediately, the console shows that the offline image is scheduled for deployment, but that the action hasn't yet been executed.

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Scheduled

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Powering On

 

This screen shows me powering on "cameron ewk023."

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Powering On

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Patching Under Way

 

There wasn't a lot to see in the actual patching process. It wasn't until this reboot screen appeared that I was sure the patch had been deployed.

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Patching Under Way

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Patch Deployed

 

The last step in the patch process. After shutting down ewk023, I reran the offline scan. The result shows that the patch was found installed on the system.

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.5 Enables Offline VM Patching - Patch Deployed

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