As we all know, workstations’ operating system versions are no longer device-specific, and this means that managing an operating system’s lifespan has a central role in organizing and maintaining a company’s IT environment. Server operating systems will eventually face an identical change – but this is still way in the future. Right now we are in a situation where a single operating system version is used for the entire lifespan of a server, and to maintain the operating system you need regular software updates. And when looking at an organization’s cyber security level and its performance, these regular software updates have a very important role.
Don’t let your server operating system turn into a security risk
Keeping a server operating system’s software up to date is extremely important for an organization’s entire cyber security. It’s not rare that most employees (and through extranet, a large number of clients as well) are one way or another using a single server, which means that if a malware can use a vulnerability and crawl into the system, and for instance crypt the server’s hard drive or mass-distribute viruses to workstations, overall damages can snowball into an unpredictable scope. If a company has their own servers (as opposed to using cloud server space, for instance) it’s vital to make sure the server operating systems’ cyber security is up to date.
Our educated guess is that Finnish companies and organizations have a reasonably good grasp on how important the server operating systems’ software updates are, and most do follow the update instructions – although we do see the occasional exception to the rule from time to time. However, in many organizations the biggest problem isn’t the possible vulnerabilities but the amount of manual work that someone has to do in order to keep the server operating systems’ security up to date.
An automatic and safe way for software updates
Server operating systems get regular software updates, about once a month. What this means in practice is utter frustration at companies’ IT support. With every new update, there is the change that an application or a client stops working, which means the IT support has to react. This is why it would be ideal to run the updates when it’s less busy, meaning you can better control the scope of prospective damages. With operating systems’ standard tools you can’t specify maintenance windows that would be specific enough for automatization, which means an awful lot of manual work and trouble for the administrator for each and every new update.
Well, actually there is a way to take care of the server operating system’s software updates in an automatized manner, not disturbing the employees’ workflow. Centero Software Manager’s CSM for Servers is designed for server operating systems’ updates, to ease the server administrators’ burden and to make sure the server operating systems at use are always safe for use when it comes to cyber security. With CSM for Servers you can specify standardized processes and specific maintenance windows for software updates, which means you can safely run the automatized updates to servers. When you can schedule the updates for nights or weekends, possible reboots won’t affect anyone’s work, and you can test the application performance first thing the next morning.
Most importantly, with CSM for Servers you save hours of manual work with software updates every month. At the same time CSM for Servers collects useful information on how the updates have been run and what software each workstation is using. This helps the IT support to keep track of the server operating systems’ software updates and for instance of the number of employees each update affects.
Easier implementation and a clearer big picture, that’s CSM for Servers in a nutshell.