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Add a PFX certificate to WSUS for software publishing

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This article describes how to add a .pfx certificate to WSUS.


  • All Patch Manager versions
  • WSUS 2012


  1. Launch a Command Prompt as an administrator.
  2. In the prompt, browse to the Patch Manager install directory.
    The default path is C:\Program Files\Solarwinds\Patch Manager\Server.
  3. Run the following command in your Command Prompt:
  4. NOTE: The command prompt must be RUN AS ADMIN and the file must be in the server folder path listed in step 1.

    Alternatively, for Microsoft® Windows Server® 2016 WSUS, use a period ( . ) for the hostname in place of the WSUS server name. 

  5. You must be using SSL and port 8531 for this to execute properly.

    SolarWinds.Utilities.WSUS2012PlusCertManagement.exe /operation addpfx /targetwsusname (wsus server name) /targetwsusport 8531 /targetgetwsususessl yes /pfxfile "C:\path to pfx file" /pfxfilepassword "12345"



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