Security professionals have welcomed the release today of a patch scanner for Windows NT and 2000 machines.
The command line program, HFNetChk, was designed by Microsoft's security program manager, Eric Schultze.
It scans all NT and 2000 machines on a network as well as their applications, including IIS 4.0 and 5.0, SQL Server 7.0 and 2000, and Internet Explorer 5.01.
The tool compares all installed patches on the boxes with the latest ones available, automating the tasks of checking and installing new patches.
The arrival of this tool is something the security world has been waiting for.
Security website InfoSysSec said: "This is a must-have for downloading, and MS deserves kudos for getting this program ready. We know it is something that netadmins are going to appreciate."
The tool can be downloaded from the Microsoft website here.
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