The Automox dashboard is a high-level view into patch and compliance status of your devices, providing you at-a-glance data and indications around normal patching operations. The Automox dashboard calls out any issues and exceptions that might pose a risk to your overall compliance.
See the following to learn about or perform Dashboard-related tasks:
Each category has a detail section that can be displayed. Click on a category tile to see the list of devices or patches that are associated with that category.
The doughnut diagram at the top of the screen shows you a breakdown of devices by each of the five different categories. Click a segment of the diagram to focus on the details of that category. At a glance you can see just how many of the devices on your network are Up To Date as opposed to those that Need Attention. Each number shown in a category tile corresponds to the number of devices in that category.
Up To Date
Use the line graph to understand the work that the Automox console is doing for you.
- Click the center to view patch history.
- See trends for different severity categories.
- View the number of patches that were applied.
If you have a patch policy that is assigned to 100 devices and three critical severity patches are applied to those 100 devices, the chart will indicate that 300 updates were applied, showing a strong spike on the critical update line. To the right of the graph is a breakdown of the number of patches that have been completed by severity.
When the manual patch approval process is enabled, you can use the Needs Approval category to do the following:
- View new patches that have been released.
- View the number of devices that are affected.
- Approve or reject patches right from the dashboard.
- View details of a specific patch policy.
Manually Approving Patches
The basic manual patch approval process is as follows:
- Go to the System Management page to enable or disable the manual patch approval feature on a policy-by-policy basis.
- If you have enabled the manual patch approval feature, from the Dashboard, click the Needs Approval tile to view new patches that have been released for a device. The icons signify the OS family that the patch is part of.
- Click the + to expand the details and view the policy applied and ensure this is the desired policy.
- Click Approve or Reject for each of the available patches.
- When you select Approve, the policy is applied. The device is then updated according to the schedule of the policy.
- When you select Reject, the patch is removed from the list. You can view the rejected patches from the policy details page.
If manual patch approval is disabled, new patches are automatically scheduled according to the patch policy and listed in the Pending Updates category.
From the Pending Updates tile, you can do the following:
- View scheduled updates.
- See how many devices are scheduled to be patched.
- View which OS family the update belongs to.
- View details about the policy that will be applied including the time and date the update will run.
If devices have failed to patch for any reason, those devices are identified in the Needs Attention category. These devices may require a reboot to complete the patching process, or perhaps there are other issues that require troubleshooting.
- Click the Needs Attention tile to display the group(s) that have devices that failed to patch.
- Expand the groups to show the individual devices and their status.
From the Exceptions tile you can track devices that have been marked as special devices for any of the following reasons:
- The device is used for testing or development
- It is a legacy server
- The device will not do well in the normal patch process
The Exception category, allows you to identify and monitor these types of “special” devices. By identifying a device as an exception, Automox continues to manage these devices, but does not include any errors from these in the Needs Attention category statistics. This way you can continue to manage and monitor these special devices without having failures caused by these devices skew any of your reporting or metrics. You can mark a device as an exception from the Device Details page. For information about marking a device as an exception, refer to Endpoint Details in the Device Details description.
CVE Severity Scores
On the lower right of the Dashboard page, you can view per tile category, the number of patches categorized by severity:
The CVE severity scores indicate the following: Low Severity Medium Severity Critical Severity Other