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1. Visibility of Patching requirements for the entire environment - desktops, laptops, servers - physical or virtual, VM hosts.
2. Distributed processing for identification of patches at each endpoint, instead of a scan-based approach. A scan-based approach may load the network and/or endpoint plus will not be real-time. If each client can look up a central repository and identify its own patch requirements, it will reduce the burden on the server.
3. Endpoints are pulling patches, instead of the central server pushing the patches. This will ensure a lean mean central server architecture.
4. Good patch compliance reports that stand the test of auditors - internal, external and regulatory authorities.
Up to date - near real-time reporting from the devices. A solution that does a SCAN (when you have a large number of devices), simply fails.