How to Install Configure Integrate SolarWinds Patch Manager. In this post, I will cover the installation and configuration of SolarWinds Patch Manager if you’re specifically looking for the best solution for 3rd party application patching.
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How to Install Configure Integrate SolarWinds Patch Manager
1. Download the trial version of Solarwinds Patch Manager from here. How to Install Configure Integrate SolarWinds Patch Manager?
2. Another advantage of the SolarWinds patch manager is installing it on your desktop. However, please note that Solarwinds doesn’t support the patch manager web console on the same server as a WSUS Server. The installation process is very straightforward. I’ve selected express setup. This installs all programs and features, including the patch manager server, console, and web console.
Following are the prerequisites which are required for the successful installation of SolarWinds Patch Manager. The patch manager installer will automatically take care of all the downloads and installations of prerequisites—NO need to download prerequisites separately and install them.
(a) WSUS Console (b) Update KB2734608 for WSUS 3.0 SP2 (c) SQL Server Express 2008 R2 SP1 (d) SQL server 2012 System CLR Types (e) SQL Server 2012 Management Objects
3. SolarWinds Patch Manager setup will take 15-20 minutes depending on your internet connectivity, as this would require downloading prerequisites and installation. Once you launch the patch manager, it will ask you to select the product’s features you’re interested in using. WSUS Extension Pack and System Center Configuration Manager Extension Pack. This configuration will automatically take care of the integration of the patch manager with SCCM and WSUS.
4. You can select the domains or workgroups to manage with the SolarWinds patch manager. If the domain or workgroups are not listed, you can add them manually using the add button at the bottom of the screen.
On the next screen, you can provide the ConfigMgr site server details to register the site server in the Solarwinds patch Manager. After that, you need to provide the WSUS server details for WSUS integration. The next screen will ask you to create a patch management group, a virtual or logical group created for collection managed devices. The following screenshot will tell you about the three steps covered above.
5. The next wizard will help to configure 3rd party update pack. This service will enable automated synchronization of 3rd party catalogs and their respective updates and software packages. This would require an internet connection. This sync process will connect to the SolarWinds website to retrieve the list of available catalogs and their respective vendors and products.
The following are the vendor products information discovered in my sync process: Adobe Systems Acrobat 11 Catalog, Hewlett-Packard Client Updates Catalog, Hewlett-Packard Server Updates Catalog, Dell Server Updates Catalog, Dell Business Client Update Catalog, Adobe Systems Reader 10 Catalog, Adobe Systems Acrobat 10 Catalog, SolarWinds Update (Notification Only) Catalog and Adobe Systems Reader 11 Catalog.
Would you please select all the 3rd party products you want to sync automatically and import them to Solarwinds Patch Manager? The Next wizard would be there to select the Sync schedule for the latest updates. There are more useful options like remove updates that are older than 60 days etc…
Provisioning the WSUS server for publishing the packages is the next step. The signing certificate will also be published as required servers in the hierarchy. How to Install Configure Integrate SolarWinds Patch Manager.
6. As mentioned in the initial post, I’ve selected Sun Java updates. In the following screenshot, you can see the packages available for Sun Java updates. How to Install Configure Integrate SolarWinds Patch Manager.
About Author -> Anoop is Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional Award winner from 2015 on the technologies! He is a Solution Architect on enterprise device management solutions with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like Configuration Manager, Windows 365 Cloud PC, Intune, Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 10, and Windows 11.