We're Hiring!
Take the next step in your career and work on diverse technology projects with cross-functional teams.
LEARN MORE
Mountain West Farm Bureau Insurance
office workers empowered by business technology solutions
BLOG
6
3
2020
1.28.2022

Beekeeper 5.2.0 Release Notes

Last updated:
2.5.2021
1.28.2022

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.
 

What’s New

New Dashboard View

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.

 

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:

 

SQL Availability Group

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.

Daily Schedule

A daily schedule can be created using the reoccurring method:

Detail Button

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”.
 

History shows patching type

The History log shows which type of patching was set on the execution job:

Testing SMTP Settings

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.

Want to learn more? Read about Beekeeper or drop us a line to talk to a consultant about how it can help you with patching efficiency and compliance.

Recent Blog Posts

lunavi logo alternate white and yellow
11.22.2022
11
.
18
.
2022
Business Intelligence: The Present and Future with Director of Data Analytics, Jeff Thomas

Join us as we dive into the world of data analytics with our very own, Jeff Thomas. With 18 years of experience in this field, Jeff shared valuable knowledge and insight on the current trends of data analytics and where he believes the field is headed. We also discussed the challenges and barriers that enterprises face when implementing data analytics practices, Jeff explains how to rise above these challenges and use data to your competitive advantage.

Learn more
lunavi logo alternate white and yellow
2.15.2022
02
.
15
.
2022
Service Changes Coming to Microsoft 365 & Office 365

The NCE offers new subscription terms including 12-month and 36-month plans priced lower than monthly contracts. In addition, it is easier to add seats, cancellation policies are more consistent, and there are two promotional options to lock in a better rate for your current renewal. However, the mandatory new plans do include price adjustments.

Learn more
lunavi logo alternate white and yellow
1.28.2022
01
.
21
.
2022
Automate Your Cloud with Azure Bicep

Azure Bicep is a great way to implement Infrastructure as a Code to automate the provisioning of Azure resources. In this post, I’ll get you started by describing how Bicep language works as well as key differences and similarities between Bicep and ARM Templates.

Learn more