Product Feature Questions
What is PatchAnalyzer?
PointSecure’s PatchAnalyzer is a freeware tool for identifying patches released by HP that have not been installed on the audited OpenVMS system. PatchAnalyzer automates the time consuming job of identifying systems requiring updating. PatchAnalyzer does this by performing an audit that compares the available patches to those that have been installed on the OpenVMS system.
In addition, PatchAnalyzer provides a list of the licenses installed on your systems.
What is PointSecure Freeware?
PointSecure Freeware utilities applications are simple tools developed to alleviate common, day-to-day system administrator headaches. They are yours to use anywhere you like, completely free of charge. On-line FAQs are available to help you use our Freeware utilities. If you have comments or feedback on our Freeware utilities, or ideas for additional utilities you would like to see, please let us know by firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the support materials that you need to install, configure and use PointSecure Freeware tools are provided via FAQs on the PointSecure website.
We’d love to hear what you think about our freeware tools, so if you have comments, feedback or ideas for other cool tools then drop us an email at email@example.com.
Why is PointSecure offering PatchAnalyzer?
Maintaining patch levels is a pain to do manually, so a tool like PatchAnalyzer can save system administrators lots of time.
And…we think that if you like PatchAnalyzer then you’ll love our other products like PointAudit and System Detective.
Is PatchAnalyzer a stand-alone product, or is it part of another product?
PatchAnalyzer is a stand-alone product and it not dependent on any other PointSecure product.
However, PatchAnalyzer provides a valuable complement to the security analysis capabilities of PointSecure PointAudit.
How is PatchAnalyzer supported?
PointSecure Freeware products are supported differently than our licensed software products – support is available via online FAQs vs. 24×7 phone support, and upgrades come when they come vs. regular maintenance upgrades.
Product Feature Questions
How do I install PatchAnalyzer?
Installation of PatchAnalyzer is very easy and takes only minutes. Simply download the installation package and follow the prompts. Refer to the product Quick Start Guide for help getting started using the product.
How do I use PatchAnalyzer to perform a patch analysis?
PatchAnalyzer performs an analysis of the installed patches, products, and licenses on the OpenVMS system. To perform an analysis, follow these easy steps:
1. Install and launch PatchAnalyzer
2. To connect to your OpenVMS system click Action -> Connect
3. In the Host field type in the IP address or DNS name of the host OpenVMS server.
4. In the Username field type in your OpenVMS account username.
5. In the Password field type in your OpenVMS account password.
6. If you wish to save the host information, once the host name has been entered into the Host field, click the ADD button. To remove a host, select the host in the Host Information box and click the DEL button.
7. The Connection Time-Out setting specifies how long the application should attempt to connect to the host, and is listed in seconds with the default as 30.
8. Click Connect to connect to the OpenVMS system.
9. Click Update Patch to ensure you have the most current patch information.
10. Click Action > Perform Test to analyze the OpenVMS system.
What type of user interface is provided for PatchAnalyzer?
PatchAnalyzer provides a graphical user interface (GUI) that where you can enter the information required to connect to your OpenVMS system and audit the patch installation history.
Does PatchAnalyzer install any code on the OpenVMS system?
No, PatchAnalyzer does not install any code on the OpenVMS system.
What information does PatchAnalyzer gather from the OpenVMS system?
PatchAnalyzer gathers a listing of the installed patches as well as the license database.
What do I do once I have run the patch analysis?
Once PatchAnalyzer has completed the patch analysis to identify patches missing from your system, visit HP’s ITRC website at www.itrc.hp.com to review and download missing patches.
Can I save the results of the patch analysis produced by PatchAnalyzer?
Yes. Once you have run the analysis and results are displayed, click on either the Save to Text or Save to Excel button to save the results to your preferred format.
How do I obtain the most up to date patch listing?
To make sure you have the most up to date listing of available patches, click on the Update Patch List button.
What benefits would I get by using PointAudit in addition to PatchAnalyzer?
While PatchAnalyzer helps you audit the patch installation history, it does not provide any information on your user account settings, file protections or other system settings.
PointSecure PointAudit is an OpenVMS auditing tool that analyzes user account settings, file protection settings and system settings to ensure compliance with your corporate IT security policies. With PointAudit, not only can you view the privileges of particular users or groups, but you can also see all of the account settings such as flags, quotas, access types, etc. In addition to the user account analysis, PointAudit also collects and evaluates file security and system security settings and provides ways to remediate vulnerabilities.
What are the system requirements and prerequisites for PatchAnalyzer?
What Windows security permissions are recommended when using PatchAnalyzer?
A windows domain account with local administrator privileges is required to install PatchAnalyzer. A windows domain account with local user privileges is required to run PointAudit.
What OpenVMS security permissions are required to use PatchAnalyzer?
The account you use to connect to an OpenVMS system should have system privileges.
Does PatchAnalyzer run on my OpenVMS system?
No. PatchAnalyzer is a PC based application that makes a connection to the VMS system. Therefore, PatchAnalyzer gets installed on your Windows system and you are not required to install anything on the OpenVMS system.
What versions of OpenVMS does PatchAnalyzer support?
What if I am trying to connect to a system behind a firewall?
If you are trying to connect to a system that is behind a firewall, you need to make sure that Telnet port 23 is opened to allow you to connect to your VMS system.