Intune vs. WSUS vs. SCCM – Costs, Benefits, Ease of Use, and Deployment

Patching has certainly gained a lot of momentum ever since research has proven that ‘unattended’ apps and software can quickly lead to a data leak.  Patching is the new ‘kid’ on the block and already has it shown great potential in averting what can only be described as a corporate nightmare; surely, it’s not an accolade to see confidential data flaunted around the dark web, screaming for users with open pockets.

From a sysadmin’s standpoint, the patching process is the very embodiment of a thankless job – even now, there are companies (mostly startups) out there that are still relying on manual patching/updating. That shouldn’t be too much of a hassle if your organization operates a small network, but it becomes a tad problematic when you’re dealing with hundreds of endpoints.

Automation is the key to solving this sysadmin Catch-22. Which brings us to the topic “WSUS or Intune?”; yay or nay? If you’re new to the patching automation game, then I encourage you to read on. Seasoned sysadmins may also find something of value in my digression, beyond the PTSD-inducing title (no disrespect intended).

What is WSUS? An overview

First, let’s talk about the elephant in the room which,

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