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Schedule inventory tasks to populate empty reports

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Created by Leif Amland, last modified by Randall Harwood on Sep 13, 2018

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This article provides brief information and steps to configure and schedule Inventory tasks to pull information from your WSUS servers and clients to populate Patch Manager reports.


There are two Inventory tasks:

  • WSUS Inventory - The WSUS Inventory task pulls information from your WSUS servers using the WSUS API.
  • Managed Computer Inventory - The Managed Computer Inventory task pulls information from specific clients or groups of clients using WMI.


 If you have empty reports, do the following steps.


All Patch Manager versions


Complete steps according to the type of reporting you want to do:


To schedule a WSUS Inventory task to populate reports in the WSUS Reports node:

Note: The WSUS Inventory task does not populate reports in the WSUS Reports > Windows Update node. To populate those reports, complete the procedure after this one.

  1. In the Patch Manager/EminentWare console, expand Enterprise > Update Services in the left pane, and then select your WSUS server.
  2. Click WSUS Inventory in the right pane.
  3. Accept the default options on the WSUS Inventory Options window, and then click Save.
  4. Set the Scheduled Time, Recurrence pattern, and Range of recurrence on the Schedule window, and then click OK.
  5. If you want to run the task immediately:
    1. Expand Administration and Reporting in the left pane, and then select Scheduled Tasks.
    2. Select the scheduled task in the center pane.
    3. Click Run Task Now in the right pane.


To schedule a Managed Computer Inventory task to populate reports in the Windows Update and Configuration Management Reports nodes:

1. Go to Patch Manager System Configuration > Management Groups > Managed Enterprise.

2. Select your AD in the middle pane. If it is not present do the following:

a. Go to Patch Manager System Configuration > Management Groups > Select your managed enterprise.

b. In the Actions Pane, click Management Group Wizard, and then click Next.

c. Select Active Directory Domain or Workgroup, and then click Next.

d. Enter the Flat Name and the DNS fully qualified Domain name, and then click Resolve.

e. Once the name is resolved, click Add Domain/Workgroup, and then click Next.

f. Complete the wizard to add the domain.

g. Once you have the domain added, configure credentials to access the domain. Go to    

    Patch Manager System Configuration, and in the Actions Pane, select Add Credential and then type the  

    domain\username and password into the fields.

h. Double-Click the Default Rule.

i. Go to the Credential Ring Wizard, and then select the account you wish to manage the new domain in the  

   drop down list.

j. Click Add Credential, and then click Next. 

k. Click Add Rule > Active Directory Domain/Workgroup.

l. Go to your domain so it is populated in the right pane, and then click add selected and then click Next.

m. Select the account you wish to manage the resource and click OK.

n. Finish the wizard.

3. Select your AD, and then right-click (or in actions pane) Schedule Inventory and in the Inventory Configuration Editor. 

    Select the data points you want to collect (the defaults should suffice for the reporting features).

4. On the Schedule window, set the Scheduled Time, Recurrence pattern, and Range of recurrence, and then click OK.

5. On the Computer Selection Rule Management window, select an existing computer selection rule, or define a new

    one: If you want to save the new computer selection rule for future use, enter a name for the rule in the Select an  

    existing computer selection rule menu.

6. Under Computer Filter, select or clear options as appropriate.

    Note: Select and configure the Only include computers that have a reported time option to avoid exceeding

    your Patch Manager license. If you wish to leave out OU from the scan Click Advanced Options and add the OUs that

    you DO NOT want to scan, and then click OK.

7.  Save the rule settings using the name you defined earlier. If you clicked Yes on the previous dialog, Click Yes again to

    confirm your selection, and then click OK on the success dialog, and then click OK. 




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