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Report Now vs Detect Now

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Overview

This article provides information on the difference between the Report Now and the Detect Now commands in Patch Manager.

Environment

All Patch Manager versions

Detail

The reportnow function is only processed when:

  • WUAgent is idle
  • Completed events are available to the WSUS server

 

The WUAgnet executes a reporting event about 20 minutes after all pending activities are completed. The reportnow parameter expires the 20-minute delay.

 

When you execute a script with the reportnow and detectnow commands in immediate succession, the wuauclt /reportnow command does not invoke an action.

 

To properly use these commands (or tasks) from Patch Manager, launch the wuauclt /detectnow task, and then wait for the detection event to complete--usually within five minutes. On a healthy, fully-patched system, the even may complete within a few seconds. 

 

After the WUAgent is idle, executing wuauclt /reportnow generates a call to the ReportingWebService to execute immediately instead of waiting for the built-in 20-minute delay. 

 

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