Two days ago I viewed the Novell Patch Management webinar offered by Novell. It was a very high level view of their new Zen Patch Management product, offered through a partnership with Patchlink. The webinar was, as I said, very high level. So high, in fact, that they had to spend 30 minutes describing the problem; something that sysadmins in the line of combat don't need. I got a very few points out of the seminar, but they are somewhat useful.
- The agents and server software is free if you have a Zen maintenance contract
- A subscription is required, licensed per-device, to get packaged patches
- When asked directly if it was possible to create your own patch packages, the presenter dodged the question
- The list price is $18/device, which only small shops will pay as anyone with any volume in Novell software has SOME discount off of list thanks to contract.
- The repository server has to be a Windows server, but agents exist for Netware and Windows
- Linux patching is offered though the Ximian purchase of Red Carpet