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Install SolarWinds WMI providers on managed computers

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This article describes how to manually install the SolarWinds WMI providers on computers managed by 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 and not directly with the managed clients.

By default, Patch Manager does not deploy the WMI providers automatically unless you enable the Automatic all provision SolarWinds WMI Providers option under Management Groups > Settings. When enabled, Patch Manager deploys the WMI Providers to the managed computers as needed for specific configuration management tasks.


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  1. Ensure that WMI-in and WMI-out are enabled on the workstation. If these settings are disabled, you cannot access the machine.
  2. Log in to Patch Manager as an administrator.
  3. In the navigation menu, locate and select the group that contains the targeted workstation.
  4. To run the task on a specific computer, select the computer in the center pane and click Check and Manage Computer Connectivity in the Actions pane. 
  5. In the Computer Access Management window, select Install the WMI Providers (if not installed) and select the appropriate options.
  6. Select all options outside of the SolarWinds WMI Providers Actions group except Enable DCOM (if disabled). 
  7. Click OK to run the task. 

See Troubleshooting Access Denied Errors in Patch Manager if you cannot install the WMI Providers on a remote computer. 

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