Typical Uses of Machine View

Machine View is extremely powerful and flexible, and there are many, many uses for it. Here are just a few examples.

  • "Do I have any machines that are missing a large number of patches?"
  • To see if your network contains one or more machines that are "bad eggs," click the Missing Patches column header and sort the table in descending order. The machines that are missing the most patches are shown at the top of the table. The following figure shows a very simple example containing two scanned machines. One of the machines needs a little work (it is missing 3 patches), but the other machine needs immediate attention as it is missing 89 patches. You can immediately rectify the situation by simply right-clicking the machine and selecting Deploy all missing patches.

  • "Can I compare all the machines within a machine group?"
  • Yes. Simply click and drag the Last Scanned Group column header to the first column. This will order the machines by the name of the machine group that was used during the most recent scan.

  • "A recently released Windows patch has been deemed mandatory by my organization. How do I see which machines have the patch installed and which machines are missing the patch?"
  • You can do this very easily. In the top pane select the desired domain or machine group, in the middle pane select the patch, and then in the bottom pane use the Affected Machines tab.

  • "How do I know which machines have Security Controls Agent installed?"
  • In the top pane, click the Agent State column heading. This will sort the table, grouping together all machines that have Security Controls Agent installed and placing that group at the top of the table. Click the icon a second time to move to the top of the table the group of machines without Security Controls Agent installed. For more information, see Determining Which Machines Have Agents.