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Features > Patch Management

Reports for patch management

Updated on November 15th, 2023

Patch management in Miradore helps organizations run their devices securely and smoothly. Effective patch management requires proper reports giving a comprehensive understanding of the patching status. Dashboards and other patch reports in Miradore give the administrator the needed insight to manage patches in the organization's environment.

Miradore automatically maintains a list of available patches and updates for Windows, macOS, and third-party software. Using this list, Miradore scans the patching status of all managed Mac and Windows devices enrolled to Miradore. This article describes how to use Miradore's easy-to-understand reports for better patch management.

Checking available patches and patch details

You can find all supported patches and software updates on the Management > Patches - Patches tab in Miradore. The list provides important information on the latest updates for the operating systems and applications. Filter the list, for example, with device platform, release date, or the severity of the update.

Note: By default, the page shows only the patches that are applicable to the managed devices on your site. To display patches that are not applicable to the devices you are currently managing with Miradore, remove the filter from the Applicable devices column.

Patches for macOS and Windows

A more detailed report about each patch is available if you go to the Patches tab and double-click the patch title or the arrow icon at the end of the row. The Patch page that opens provides you with useful information about the update and helps to make decisions regarding the installation of the patch.

patch information on patch

The Bulletin ID identifies the patch and helps you to find more detailed information about the update. On Windows-related patches, the Bulletin ID is a link to an external web page.

The Related products table shows to which products the patch applies. You can use the Show only detected products checkbox to filter the table contents to show only the products that Miradore has detected on your managed devices.

The Installations per device widget gives practical information by showing if the patch is applicable to the devices and its installation status in the environment.

Checking the overall patching status of the environment

The dashboards (Home > Dashboard) are an important part of patch reports providing you with the overall view of the environment's patching status. You can analyze the status of the managed devices either from Windows- or macOS-specific dashboards.

widgets of patching

Windows or macOS patch status overview

The widget shows how many Windows or macOS devices you have with different patching statuses. You can open a list of the included devices by clicking on the widget segments. The patching statuses are the following:

  • Up-to-date: The device has all applicable patches installed.
  • Critical: Miradore has identified at least one missing critical patch on the device.
  • Vulnerable: The device has all critical patches installed but it is missing at least one patch with lesser severity (Important or Moderate).
  • Unknown: The device is in the scope of patch management, but there is no information about its patching status.

Patch status per device
Each square in the widget represents one managed device in your environment. The color indicates the patching status of the device. You can click on a square to open the device details.

Overall patching status
This widget shows the overall patching status of Windows and Mac devices on the site. The overall status is Critical if any device is missing a critical patch. Overall status Vulnerable means that the devices have all critical patches installed, but some of the devices are missing a patch with lesser severity. Excellent means that all managed devices are fully patched.

Patch deployments within 14 days
The widget shows the number of patch deployments within the last two weeks.

Released patches for Windows or macOS devices
This widget shows the total number of released patches during the selected timeframe.

Note: You can adjust the timeframe for showing the number of released patches.

The Show report link in the upper corner takes you to the Patches page, where you can see the patches that apply to your devices.

macOS or Windows versions

The widget shows what OS versions the managed devices on the site have helping you to evaluate the importance of available patches and updates.

Viewing the patching status of a single Windows or Mac device

You can analyze the patching status of a single device with the report at Management > Patches - Status by device. You can filter the report with columns like 'Patch status' or 'Not installed critical patches'.

patching status of a single device

You can open a device for closer analysis by double-clicking the row or by clicking the arrow at the end of the row.

On the Patches tab of the Device page, clicking the Patch status of a product opens the list that shows related patches and the installation status on the device.

patching status of a device

You can also find information about patching from the  Action log tab on the device. Hover the mouse pointer over the 'Completed' or 'Failed' text to see further details.

Device action log tab

The patch reports help you to define the patching process further. Read on how you can set the patch installation rules for Mac and Windows devices.


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