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Patch Manager 1.73 Release Notes

Created by Abraham Toribio, last modified by MindTouch on Jun 23, 2016

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Updated: 8/16/2012

These release notes provide additional guidance for SolarWinds Patch Manager v1.73.

Why Install This Version

This version of Patch Manager provides the following improvements:

  • This version prepares your publishing environment for a forthcoming Microsoft update that will require 2048-bit certificates instead of the previously non-secure 1024-bit certificates.
  • This version addresses an issue where User Account Control (UAC) prevents Patch Manager from connecting to local resources on computers running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. (Hot Fix 1 for version 1.72)

Note Note: If you are upgrading from a version prior to 1.72.218.2, see Using the SolarWinds Licensing System in these release notes for information about new licensing requirements.

Fixed Issues in This Release

This release of Patch Manager includes the following fixes:

  • Patch Manager now uses 2048-bit certificates instead of 512-bit certificates.
  • Patch Manager now uses batch logons to authenticate to remote systems instead of interactive logons.

Open Issues in This Release

This release of Patch Manager has the following open issues:

  • The "About" dialog in the Patch Manager console displays the incorrect version number. 
  • Patch Manager adds a shortcut for the EminentWare WMI Providers to the Start menu on managed clients. 

Upgrading to This Version

This version is capable of upgrading Patch Manager from any previous version. However, SolarWinds recommends you upgrade from version 1.72.218.2 in order to address the new licensing requirements before upgrading to this version.

Upgrade Requirements

Please note the following critical upgrade requirements.

  • Due to the security changes included in this release, you cannot apply this update to your Patch Manager servers using the built-in EminentWare Package Managementutility. Instead, use the following procedure to upgrade each of your Patch Manager servers individually.
  • If you are upgrading from a previous version, run the updater with:
    • A Windows user account that has Administrator rights on the Patch Manager server, and
    • A Patch Manager console account in the Enterprise Administrator security role in Patch Manager.

Upgrade Procedures

Complete the following procedure to upgrade to the latest version.

To upgrade to Patch Manager version 1.73:

  1. Download the upgrade from the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
  2. Upgrade your Primary Application Server (PAS) first.
  3. If you have additional Patch Manager servers and/or consoles in your publishing environment, upgrade all downstream servers and consoles after you upgrade your PAS.

Note IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • After you upgrade your PAS to version 1.73 in a distributed publishing environment, Patch Manager will not function until you upgrade all downstream Patch Manager servers and consoles.
  • If you have not already applied Microsoft KB2720211 to your WSUS and Patch Manager systems, apply that update and then regenerate a new 2048-bit publishing certificates to deploy to all of your systems.

Using the SolarWinds Licensing System

Part way through the installation wizard, you are prompted to enter the licensing information for your product.

Note Note: When you install or upgrade Patch Manager on a Secondary Application Server (SAS), the Licensor window still appears. Since you only have to license the Primary Application Server, click [x] when the first licensing window appears on your SAS, and then click Close on the second window.

To open the licensing utility outside of the installation wizard:

  • EminentWare customers: Open %ProgramFiles%\EminentWare\Server, and then run SolarWinds.PM.Licensor.
  • New customers: Click Start > All Programs > EminentWare > SolarWinds Licensing.

 

To evaluate the software without a license:

Click Continue Evaluation.

 

To license the software on a server with Internet access:

  1. Click Enter Licensing Information.
  2. Select I have internet access and an activation key.
  3. Click the http://www.solarwinds.com/customerportal link to access the customer portal on the SolarWinds web site.
  4. Log on to the portal using your SolarWinds customer ID and password.
  5. Click License Management on the left navigation bar.
  6. Navigate to your product, choose an activation key from the Unregistered Licenses section, and then copy the activation key.
  7. If you cannot find an activation key in the Unregistered Licenses section, contact SolarWinds customer support.
  8. Return to the Activate Patch Manager window, and then enter the activation key in the Activation Key field.
  9. If you access Internet web sites through a proxy server, click I access the internet through a proxy server, and enter its proxy address and port.
    Note Note: If your PAS accesses the Internet through an authenticated proxy server, complete the procedure for activating without Internet access instead.
  10. Click Next.
  11. Enter your email address and other registration information, and then click Next.

 

To license the software on a server without Internet access:

  1. Click Enter Licensing Information
  2. Select This server does not have internet access, and then click Next.
  3. Click Copy Unique Machine ID.
  4. Paste the copied data into a text editor document.
  5. Transfer the document to a computer with Internet access.
  6. On the computer with Internet access, complete the following steps:
    1. Browse to http://www.solarwinds.com/customerportal/licensemanagement.aspx, and then log on to the portal with your SolarWinds customer ID and password.
    2. Navigate to your product, and then click Manually Register License.
    3. If the Manually Register License option is not available for your product, contact SolarWinds customer support.
    4. Provide the Machine ID from Step 5, and then download your license key file.
  7. Transfer the license key file to the Patch Manager server.
  8. Return to the Activate Patch Manager window, browse to the license key file, and then click Next.

Managing Your Open Issues in Licensing

For information about managing your licenses for SolarWinds products, including how to deactivate or reuse a license, see SolarWinds License Manager.

Open Issues in Licensing

  • The SolarWinds Licensing utility does not show up in the Start Menu for EminentWare customers upgrading to Patch Manager 1.72.218.2.
  • Applying Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) to a licensed Patch Manager server invalidates the existing license. To reactivate your license, contact SolarWinds customer support.
  • If you enter the activation key from another SolarWinds product by mistake, the activation key for the other product is considered registered even though your actual product remains unlicensed. To return the activation key to your pool of unregistered licenses, contact SolarWinds customer support.

Version History

Click the link below to view release notes for previous versions of SolarWinds Patch Manager.

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