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Configure Patch Manager tasks to ignore non-reporting computers

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Updated August 8, 2018


When you configure and schedule tasks in Patch Manager, use the following option to ensure the tasks do not include non-reporting computers:


Only include computers that have a reported time


When you include non-reporting computers in one-time or scheduled tasks, Patch Manager counts those computers as nodes for licensing purposes, regardless of whether the task is actually able to contact those computers. This helps you avoid exceeding your Patch Manager license by always leaving these computers out of your tasks.


All Patch Manager versions


To edit your scheduled tasks to omit non-reporting computers:

  1. In the Patch Manager menu, expand Administration and Reporting and select Scheduled Tasks.
  2. Select a task in the center pane that you want to edit. 
  3. Click Properties in the Actions pane.
  4. In the Task Options Wizard window, click Select computers using rules.
  5. Click the Select an existing computer selection rule drop-down menu and select a rule for future use.
  6. Under Computer Filter, select Only include computers that have a reported time option and configure the parameters.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Specify whether you want to save the rule settings using the name you defined in step 5.
  9. If you clicked Yes on the previous dialog, click Yes again to confirm your selection, and then click OK on the success dialog.
  10. Click OK in the Computer Selection dialog box. 
  11. In the Task Options Wizard window, click Next twice.
  12. Click Finish.

If you may have unnecessary Patch Manager nodes in your environment and are receiving licensing errors in the Patch Manager console, see The Patch Manager console says I'm over the allowed license count for additional troubleshooting steps.


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