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Install and configure an Automation Server for WSUS

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Created by Brandon Painter, last modified by MindTouch on Jun 23, 2016

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This article describes how to install and configure an Automation Server on WSUS server for situations where the Patch Manager is on a different server version than the WSUS. You will also receive a mismatching API error.


  • All versions of Patch Manager
  • All versions of WSUS


Install the Automation Server

  1. Download the Patch Manager FULL with SQL installer and launch it on your WSUS server.
  2. The installer will extract and install .NET Framework.
  3. Select Install the Patch Manager Server Components and Install the Patch Manager Administrations Console and click Next.
  4. Accept the License Agreement and click Next.
  5. Choose the Destination location and Click Next.
  6. For the Orion Install Selection select Advanced Install.
  7. Select Start Copying Files and click Next. The wizard will install the Admin Console first and close automatically.
  8. In just a few moments the SolarWinds Patch Manager Configuration Wizard will launch, depending on your resources this could take a few moments. Click Next.
  9. Select Automation Server and click Next.
  10. Type in the name of your Primary Patch Manager Server and test the connection. Once the test has passed, click Next.
  11. Configure the Windows Firewall for the Server and click Next.
  12. Provide your WSUS server and click Next.
  13. Provide a local admin account that is also in the WSUS Administrators Group and click Next.
  14. Select Install SQL Server express instance and click Next.
  15. Use the Default service account and click Next.
  16. Complete the Patch Manager Configuration Wizard and click Next.


Configure the Automation Server Routing Rule

  1. Launch the Patch Manager Administration Console and go to Patch Manager System Configuration > Patch Manager Servers.
  2. Select the Automation Server in the middle pane and click Patch Manager Server Wizard in the Actions pane.
  3. Select Edit an Existing Patch Manager Server's configuration settings and click Next.
  4. Select your Automation Server from the dropdown box and click Next.
  5. Expand the Management Group dropdown box, select your Managed Enterprise with the Automation Role, and click Next.
  6. Finish the Wizard.
  7. Now go to Patch Manager System Configuration > Management Groups > Managed Enterprise.
  8. Select the Automation Server Routing Rules tab.
  9. Select Add WSUS Server Rule in the Actions pane.
  10. Choose your WSUS server in the Server Name dropdown and click Save.
  11. Add a check mark next to the Automation Server and next to Absolute Rule, and then click OK.
  12. Restart the EminintWareDataGrid server on both the Patch Manager Server and the Automation Server.

If you have WSUS severs that are at different sites or on different Domains then you will want to also configure Subnet Routing Rules:

  1. While in Patch Manager System Configuration > Management Groups > Managed Enterprise click the Automation Server Routing Rules tab.
  2. In the Actions Pane select "Add Subnet Routing Rule"
  3. Type the Subnet in and click Add Subnet, then click OK
  4. Select the Automation server you wish to use for the subnet then click Absolute Rule
  5. Click Ok
  6. Follow the steps until you have all desired subnets set to their Automation servers


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01:05, 23 Jun 2016