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How to provision and install WMI Providers in Patch Manager


The SolarWinds Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Providers for managed clients provide additional management and inventory tools that are not native to WSUS. Without them, you can only use Patch Manager to interface with WSUS, not directly with any managed clients.

This article lists the advantages of implementing WMI Providers in your Patch Manager deployment. This article also describes how to enable and provision WMI Providers from the Patch Manager Admin Console.


Patch Manager with WMI 


Without the WMI Providers, you can:

  • Publish third-party updates to the WSUS server
  • Perform all WSUS administrative functions
  • Conduct a WSUS Inventory for details about your WSUS servers
  • Conduct a WSUS Extended Inventory to access a basic collection of system-level inventory data

With the WMI Providers, you can also:

  • Deploy updates on-demand using the Update Management and Update Management Wizard tasks
  • Conduct a Managed Computer Inventory for detailed information about managed clients
  • Perform configuration management tasks, such as shutdown or reboot, refresh group policy, and client certificate management
  • Use Computer Explorer to browse computer details and launch configuration management tasks

By default, Patch Manager automatically deploys the WMI providers. If you disable the Automatically provision SolarWinds WMI Providers option, Patch Manager no longer deploys the WMI providers to the managed computers as needed for specific configuration management tasks. Otherwise, you will have to deploy the WMI Providers manually before Patch Manager can use them.

Change the Automatically provision SolarWinds WMI Providers option

  1. In the navigation pane, expand Patch Manager System Configuration > Management Groups.
  2. Select the management group to which you want to deploy the WMI providers.
  3. In the center pane, click the Settings tab.

    If the tabs do not display in the console, click the right-arrow on the tab bar to scroll to the tab you need to view.


  4. Select Automatically provision SolarWinds WMI Providers.
  5. In the Actions menu, click Edit.
  6. In the Automatically provision SolarWinds WMI Providers window, select Enabled or Disabled, and click OK.


Manually install the SolarWinds WMI Providers from the Patch Manager console

  1. In the Patch Manager console, locate and select the group that hosts the affected computers.
  2. To run the task for all affected computers, click Check and Manage Computer Connectivity in the Actions pane.

    To run the task for a specific computer, select the computer in the center pane, and then click Check and Manage Computer Connectivity in the Actions pane.

  3. In the Computer Access Management window, select Install the WMI Providers if not already installed and any sub-options.


  4. Select all of the options outside of the SolarWinds WMI Providers Actions group except Enable DCOM if disabled.

  5. Click OK to run the task.

If the Computer Access Management task cannot install the WMI Providers remotely, see Troubleshooting Access Denied Errors in Patch Manager.


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