This article lists all the paid and free SCCM Catalogs that can be used for 3rd party patching. The Third-Party software update catalogs node in the ConfigMgr console allows you to subscribe to third-party catalogs, publish their updates to your software update point (SUP), and then deploy them to clients.
You may now deploy third-party updates alongside software updates to your enterprise devices, starting with Configuration Manager version 1806 and above. Moreover, you can publish third-party updates to your software update point by importing a custom catalog into SCCM.
Today, many organizations prefer to patch third-party applications and keep them secure from vulnerabilities. There are several vendors in the market today who can facilitate the third-party application patching. Sadly, most of them aren’t free, and you need to pay for the license and import those third-party catalogs into SCCM.
When you enable third-party software updates option under Software Update Point, you get the option to subscribe to third-party update catalogs. Furthermore, you can publish these updates to WSUS and deploy it to clients.
Types of Custom Catalogs for SCCM
Broadly, there are two kinds of custom catalogs for SCCM: Free custom catalogs and paid custom catalogs. Free custom catalogs allow you to import the catalog in SCCM and subscribe for the product updates for free. You will find a very few custom catalogs that are free for Configuration Manager, but they do have limitations in terms of the number of applications that you can patch. Whereas the paid custom catalogs require you to pay for the license to import the updates and deploy them via Configuration Manager. Paid catalogs offer updates for a variety of applications, and they are more reliable.
Differences between Partner Catalogs and Custom Catalogs
There are two types of catalogs available in SCCM: Partner catalogs and Custom catalogs. The below table lists all the differences between the partner catalogs and custom catalogs.
|SCCM Partner Catalogs||SCCM Custom Catalogs|
|Partner catalogs are software vendor catalogs that have their information already registered with Microsoft. Hence, you can subscribe to them without having to specify any additional information.||The Custom catalogs are the ones that you add manually to SCCM. You can add a custom catalog from a third-party update vendor to Configuration Manager. Custom catalogs must use HTTPS and the updates must be digitally signed.|
|Example: Dell, HP, Lenovo offer partner catalogs for SCCM.||Example: ManageEngine, Patch My PC, SolarWinds offer custom catalogs for ConfigMgr.|
|Partner catalogs cannot be deleted from the Configuration Manager console.||Custom Catalogs can be deleted from the Configuration Manager console.|
Free SCCM Partner Catalogs – Third-Party Updates
Partner Catalogs are offered for free by vendors who have a collaboration with Microsoft. There is no additional license cost to subscribe to the partner catalog. To import a partner catalog into SCCM, you’ll require the cab download URL. I have listed all the partner catalogs along with .cab download URL at the end of this article.
The following is the list of partner catalogs are available in SCCM:
- HP: HP Client Updates Catalog. This catalog supports client updates to HP Inc. business desktop, mobile, and workstation products.
- Dell: Dell Business Client Updates Catalog. This catalog supports system driver, BIOS, firmware, and software updates for Dell business client products.
- Lenovo: This catalog includes updates for BIOS, drivers, and system software for Lenovo Products.
Free SCCM Custom Catalogs – Third-Party Updates
There are a handful of vendors who provide the SCCM custom catalogs for free. You don’t have to pay for the license to import and subscribe to free custom catalogs. These are the organizations that work with Microsoft and want to offer updates for their products for free. To import a free custom catalog in to SCCM, you will need the download URL for the .cab. Once you subscribe to the catalog, you’ll find the product updates in SCCM.
The following is the list of free custom catalogs for SCCM(ConfigMgr):
- Adobe: Refer to the guide on how to add adobe custom catalog in SCCM
- HP: Provides HP Client Updates Catalog
- Dell: Provides Dell Business Client Updates Catalog
- Fujitsu: Provide Fujitsu Updates
- Lenovo: Provide Lenovo Updates
Paid Custom Catalogs for SCCM – Third-Party Updates
There are multiple vendors who offer paid custom catalogs for SCCM. You need to buy a license to get the third-party software updates on the console.
The following is the list of paid custom catalogs for SCCM:
- Ivanti Patch for SCCM
- ManageEngine Patch Connect Plus
- Patch My PC Catalogs
- SolarWinds Patch Manager
- Application Manager by Recast Software
Locating Third-Party Software Update Catalogs in SCCM
You can find the third-party software update catalogs in Configuration Manager with following steps:
- Launch the SCCM Console.
- Navigate to Software Library > Overview > Software Updates.
- Expand Software Updates node and here you will find the list of Third-Party Software Update Catalogs.
In the screenshot below, the free custom catalogs are sponsored by Dell, HP, and Lenovo.
List of Third-Party Software Update Catalogs for SCCM and Download URLs
The table below lists all the free and paid third-Party software update catalogs available for SCCM and the catalog download links. Some catalogs are freely available, while some catalogs have an additional cost associated with them. Microsoft recommends checking with the catalog provider for details including pricing, support, and if the catalog supports in-console third-party updates.
Do you need SCCM Third-Party Catalogs?
Definitely YES!! Application packaging and deployment can be assisted by Configuration Manager. The most crucial action to do after deploying programmes is to make sure they are updated to the most recent version. Patching third-party apps can be challenging and time-consuming for many ConfigMgr admins. When this happens, third-party catalogues can be useful. The most recent changes for your applications are imported into ConfigMgr when you subscribe to the catalogue, and you can deploy them similarly to how you would with software updates.