Updated May 26th, 2016
When you publish third party software packages to deploy with Patch Manager, you may want to test them to figure out what computers will report as needing them before you approve them. There are two primary ways to do this:
The Detect Now and Report Now tasks in Patch Manager allow you to run their command line equivalents on a specified group of computers. Detect Now initiates a scan for updates on the specified computer(s), and the computer(s) reports the results to WSUS within 30 minutes. Report Now forces the specified computer(s) to report new results to WSUS immediately. The latter command only works if:
For this reason, we recommend you schedule the Report Now task to run approximately 3-5 minutes after the Detect Now task.
To schedule the Detect Now and Report Now tasks:
The system schedules the Detect Now task for the computer(s) you specified. Repeat these steps to scheduled the Report Now task for 3-5 minutes later.
If you want to test your packages against a single computer, the Windows Update Scan view provides a more simplified procedure. This view provides real-time update information on a selected computer without the need to schedule or wait for individual tasks.
To view real-time update information for a specific computer: