Microsoft Windows Server Update Services vs Qualys Patch Management comparison

 

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Executive Summary
 

Categories and Ranking

Microsoft Windows Server Up...
Ranking in Patch Management
3rd
Average Rating
7.8
Number of Reviews
44
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
Qualys Patch Management
Ranking in Patch Management
13th
Average Rating
10.0
Number of Reviews
1
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
 

Featured Reviews

AANKITGUPTAA - PeerSpot reviewer
Nov 23, 2022
Easy to download and patch but needs to be a generic patch management solution
We use the solution primarily for patching. It is a very crucial activity in terms of maintaining up-to-date images and safeguarding the operating system from different bugs and avoiding crashes. We keep everything updated, including security patches. We have multiple servers based on different…
Brad Mathis - PeerSpot reviewer
Jun 10, 2024
Helps simplify patching, integrates well, and reduces costs
A common area for improvement in Patch Management, both within our environment and others I've encountered, is the lack of built-in driver updates. Ideally, the system would handle updates for network interface cards, video cards, and other components, eliminating the need to rely on manufacturer-specific tools like Dell Update or HP Update. Integrating these patching options would significantly improve the overall functionality. Qualys Patch Management primarily updates operating systems, third-party software including Adobe products and many more, leaving video card drivers and firmware updates to other tools. This focus on core software is understandable, as driver and firmware updates can be more complex. The price has room for improvement.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"The solution's most valuable feature is the ability to set logical rules. These rules allow us to automatically apply updates based on their criticality or assign them to specific computer groups. It allows for automatic deployment to specific groups based on predefined logic, eliminating the need for manual intervention in deployment creation."
"The central points of managing product updates have been the tool's most valuable features."
"We can track the updates of the PC and servers."
"Once we configure it and it keeps updating the patches, all I need to do is filter out which patches are required or not."
"It is a scalable solution."
"PowerShell is a valuable feature."
"The product is quite stable."
"I am absolutely happy with its stability and performance. It is a stable product."
"The most valuable feature in Patch Management is the Qualys query language for set-it-and-forget-it patching for our preapproved patches, and our preapproved schedules, That is extremely helpful compared to the old days of patching."
 

Cons

"In the next release, I would like to see additional tools added to fix the engine issues on the client's side."
"Having the ability to group updates by the operating systems would be very helpful."
"Job management and control is an area that is in need of improvement."
"Setup is complex."
"The solution's stability could be improved because sometimes, there are some problems in communication and sending updates and patches."
"The product needs to improve its user interface."
"The security could be improved."
"The product should improve its third-party management."
"A common area for improvement in Patch Management, both within our environment and others I've encountered, is the lack of built-in driver updates."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"I rate the solution's pricing a nine out of ten."
"The integration is included in the Windows Server system, and there are no additional fees."
"While it might be relatively more expensive for smaller companies, larger enterprises can find it robust and capable of delivering significant value."
"The product is not expensive."
"Microsoft Windows Server Update Services is not an expensive solution."
"Configuration Manager is less expensive than Microsoft Windows Server Update Services."
"It doesn't need a license. It's offered for free with Microsoft."
"This product comes included with Windows and can be used free of charge."
"Qualys Patch Management's pricing is competitive."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
14%
Government
12%
Financial Services Firm
10%
Manufacturing Company
8%
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Questions from the Community

What needs improvement with Microsoft Windows Server Update Services?
Microsoft Windows Server Update Services needs to improve its reporting feature. The tool's competitor has better reporting capabilities.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Qualys Patch Management?
Qualys Patch Management's pricing is competitive. While some perceive it as expensive, competitor tools are similar. While a free option like Microsoft WSUS exists, it lacks features. While I'd pre...
What needs improvement with Qualys Patch Management?
A common area for improvement in Patch Management, both within our environment and others I've encountered, is the lack of built-in driver updates. Ideally, the system would handle updates for netw...
What is your primary use case for Qualys Patch Management?
My organization uses Qualys Patch Management internally, including its core patching functionality and Vulnerability Management, Detection, and Response. As a consultant, I help several Qualys user...
 

Also Known As

Windows Server Update Services, Microsoft WSUS, WSUS, Microsoft Software Update Services, Software Update Services, Microsoft SUS, SUS, MS Windows Server Update Services
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