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Bypass the automatic approval rule for third-party updates

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Patch Manager and Microsoft® classify third party updates in the same manner. If you set an automatic approval rule for certain classifications, verify the update classification before you publish it so it does not conflict with your Configured Automatic Approval rule and you do not want it to be approved. 

This article explains how to change the Classification setting for a package update so it does not apply to your automatic approval rule. 


All Patch Manager versions


  1. Log in to Patch Manager as an administrator.
  2. In the Patch Manager menu, expand Administration and Reporting > Software Publishing and select the targeted vendor catalog. 
  3. In the center pane, locate and select the package you want to edit.
  4. Right-click the package and select Edit. 
  5. Click the Classification drop-down menu and select another classification.
  6. Click Next and complete the Patch Manager Package Wizard. 
  7. Publish the package to your Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server.
    The package will not be automatically approved if the new classification does not match the auto-approval rule. 




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