The latest version of our Beekeeper patching automation software for System Center brings great new features like parallel patching, SQL Availability Group compatibility, daily scheduling, and more.
Windows Failover Clusters
SQL Availability Group Patching
Fixed issue with Dashboard menu items to expand and compress appropriately.
The new Patching Dashboard blade shows recent jobs and how they saved maintenance window time using Parallel Patching.The comparison is made whether the job was executed by Sequential Patching or Parallel Patching.
You can set Parallel Patching for Application Groups, Exchange DAGs, and Windows Failover Clusters.
Application Groups have the Parallel Patching option at the bottom of the dialog box:
Exchange DAGs and Windows Failover Clusters use a similar dialog box that queries the number of nodes when you click to enable Parallel Patching:
Expanding the Server and Cluster menu shows that SQL Availability Groups are a new type:
When adding a SQL Availability Group, you supply the Windows Failover Cluster Network Name and appropriate options. Parallel Patching is not available for SQL Availability Groups.
A daily schedule can be created using the reoccurring method:
When viewing the Patching Status, you can expand the group to show the individual nodes and press the Detail button to see the status of the individual patches.
When the software updates are being installed, the Evaluation State and Compliance State will show the appropriate information, such as “Wait Install”, “Installing”, “Pending SoftReboot”, or “None”.
The History log shows which type of patching was set on the execution job:
By filling in the “Test SMTP Settings” field with the recipient address, you can press the “Send Test Email” button to make sure the SMTP settings are correct.
The new version of Beekeeper is scheduled to be released at the end of June 2020. Some of the details in the User Interface may change at release.