These release notes provide additional guidance for SolarWinds Patch Manager v1.80.
Why Install This Version
This version of Patch Manager provides enhanced security and additional flexibility with several following features and fixes. In particular, this version meets the forthcoming requirements from Microsoft to only use 1024-bit certificates or stronger. Added support for SCCM 2012 and an optional Orion Platform web console make this version of Patch Manager more versatile than ever.
Note: If you are upgrading from a version prior to 22.214.171.124, see Using the SolarWinds Licensing System in these release notes for information about new licensing requirements.
New Features in This Release
This release of Patch Manager includes the following new features:
- Reorganized installer to streamline first-use configuration steps
- EminentWare console re-branded as SolarWinds Patch Manager
- Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012 support
- Read-only web console that integrates with the Orion Platform to view server, client, and update information from Patch Manager
- Graphical PackageBoot editor for custom update packages
- Uses 2048-bit certificates, making it compatible with Microsoft KB2661254
New Requirement in Version 1.80
Starting in version 1.80, Patch Manager requires managed WSUS systems to be patched with one of the following Microsoft updates:
Fixed Issues in This Release
This release of Patch Manager includes the following fixes:
- Fixed an issue in which WMI Providers retrieved duplicate data for installed programs.
- Fixed an issue in which Patch Manager logged legacy warnings in the Windows Event Log after synchronizing third party update packages.
- Fixed an issue in which Patch Manager was not able to synchronize the Dell Business Client Updates catalog.
- Fixed an issue that prevented the installer from downloading the WSUS console component from an intranet location.
- Fixed an issue in which Patch Manager was unable to display packages with names containing "high ascii" characters.
- Fixed an issue that caused Patch Manager to inadvertently overwrite the packageboot.xml file when adding files to an existing package.
- Fixed an issue with 32-bit WMI Providers on 64-bit systems checking the wrong folder for the Windows Update Agent (WUA) version.
- SolarWinds Licensor is now only installed on the Patch Manager Primary Application Server.
- Fixed an issue with the Computer Selection Rule Management dialog in which selections at the top of the dialog did not filter options in the "Computer Filter" section appropriately.
- Patch Manager no longer deploys WMI Providers to all managed systems automatically.
- The Clear Caches and Layouts action now allows users to clear caches and layouts separately, and includes options to delete work files for old tasks and packages.
- Remote logons now use LogonAsABatch logon type, which eliminate conflicts between Patch Manager and Windows User Account Control (UAC).
Open Issues in This Release
This release of Patch Manager has the following open issues:
- The Help > About SolarWinds Patch Manager dialog may display the incorrect version of Patch Manager.
- Patch Manager adds a shortcut for the EminentWare WMI Providers to the Start menu on managed clients.
- Patch Manager is not currently compatible with SQL Server 2012. If you try installing Patch Manager using this version of SQL Server, the installer fails.
- Patch Manager does not support local publishing to distributed file system (DFS) file shares due to a bug in the Microsoft WSUS API. If you want to use Patch Manager for local publishing, configure WSUS so it does not store update files on a DFS file share.
Upgrading to This Version
This version is capable of upgrading Patch Manager from any previous version. However, SolarWinds recommends you upgrade from version 126.96.36.199 in order to address the new licensing requirements before upgrading to this version.
Upgrade Requirements (pre v1.73)
If you are upgrading from a version earlier than 1.73, 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.
- The updater executable requires the following:
- 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.
Complete the following procedure to upgrade to the latest version.
To upgrade to Patch Manager version 1.80:
- Download the upgrade from the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
- Upgrade your Primary Application Server (PAS) first.
- 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.
- If you upgrade your PAS from a version prior to 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.
End of Support Announcements
The following address current or forthcoming changes to the SolarWinds support policy for Patch Manager.
Patch Manager v1.72 and Earlier
All versions of Patch Manager prior to 1.73 have entered the End-Of-Life cycle. View the SolarWinds EOL Policy online.
SCCM 2007 Patch Manager Snap-in
Version 1.80 is the last version in which SolarWinds supports the Patch Manager MMC snap-in as a subnode of the SCCM 2007 snap-in. This change will facilitate our forthcoming support for Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, and Microsoft .NET Framework version 4. SolarWinds will continue to support SCCM 2007, but upgrading past v1.80 will require you to run the Patch Manager snap-in in a separate console.
As of version 1.80, SolarWinds no longer supports Windows 2000 clients in Patch Manager. This change is due to changes in Microsoft's support for Windows 2000 clients in WSUS. Microsoft does not provide the current Windows Update Agent for Windows 2000 clients, thus those clients are unable to communicate with the latest versions of WSUS.
Using the SolarWinds Licensing System
SolarWinds updated the licensing requirements for Patch Manager in version 188.8.131.52. To apply your SolarWinds license to this version of Patch Manager, complete the following procedure.
Note: SolarWinds licenses Patch Manager by the number of managed systems, not the number of Patch Manager servers. Therefore, you only have to license your Primary Application Server (PAS).
To license the software on a PAS with Internet access:
- Click Start > All Programs > SolarWinds > Patch Manager > SolarWinds Licensing.
- Click Enter Licensing Information.
- Select I have internet access and an activation key.
- Click the http://www.solarwinds.com/customerportal link to access the customer portal on the SolarWinds web site.
- Log on to the portal using your SolarWinds customer ID and password.
- Click License Management on the left navigation bar.
- Navigate to your product, choose an activation key from the Unregistered Licenses section, and then copy the activation key.
- If you cannot find an activation key in the Unregistered Licenses section, contact SolarWinds customer support.
- Return to the Activate Patch Manager window, and then enter the activation key in the Activation Key field.
- 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: If your PAS accesses the Internet through an authenticated proxy server, complete the procedure for activating without Internet access instead.
- Click Next.
- Enter your email address and other registration information, and then click Next.
To license the software on a PAS without Internet access:
- Click Start > All Programs > SolarWinds > Patch Manager > SolarWinds Licensing.
- Click Enter Licensing Information
- Select This server does not have internet access, and then click Next.
- Click Copy Unique Machine ID.
- Paste the copied data into a text editor document.
- Transfer the document to a computer with Internet access.
- On the computer with Internet access, complete the following steps:
- Browse to http://www.solarwinds.com/customerportal/licensemanagement.aspx, and then log on to the portal with your SolarWinds customer ID and password.
- Navigate to your product, and then click Manually Register License.
- If the Manually Register License option is not available for your product, contact SolarWinds customer support.
- Provide the Machine ID from Step 5, and then download your license key file.
- Transfer the license key file to the Patch Manager server.
- 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
- 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.
Click the link below to view release notes for previous versions of SolarWinds Patch Manager.
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