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Patch Manager 1.85 Release Notes

Created by Abraham Toribio, last modified by Caroline Juszczak on Mar 30, 2017

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Updated 7/25/2013

These release notes provide additional guidance for SolarWinds Patch Manager v1.85.

New Features and Improvements

SolarWinds Patch Manager version 1.85 includes the following new features and improvements:

  • Comprehensive Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8
    Patch Manager version 1.85 is fully compatible with Microsoft's newest operating systems, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. This includes:
    • Installing Patch Manager on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
    • Integrating the Patch Manager console with MMC 6.2
    • Supporting WSUS 3.2 when installed on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012
    • Supporting RSAT for WSUS management
    • Supporting GPU for scheduling automatic updates
  • Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012
    You can install Patch Manager version 1.85 on a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 instance. This includes:
    • Local and remote instances of SQL Server 2012
    • Local instances of SQL Server 2012 Express
    • SQL Server Management Objects (SMO) 2012
    • System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012 support
  • Support for Microsoft WSUS on Windows Server 2012

    You can use Patch Manager version 1.85 to manage Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) version 6.2, which is the version of WSUS installed with Windows Server 2012.

  • Improved Notification Options

    You now have the option to receive report and task notification attachments in an "unzipped" format.

  • Enhanced Package Details

    The package details view now includes a Publication State attribute.

  • Enhanced Installer Behavior for WSUS 3.2 SP2 Console

    Patch Manager version 1.85 installs the WSUS 3.2 SP2 console with Microsoft KB2734608 on Patch Manager systems if it is not already installed. This patch adds client support for the latest Windows operating systems as well as several security enhancements to WSUS 3.2 SP2. 

Upgrading to this Version

This version is capable of upgrading Patch Manager from any previous version. However, SolarWinds recommends the following upgrade paths based on the current installed version of Patch Manager:

Installed Version Recommended Upgrade Path
Pre 1.72 => 1.72 => 1.85
1.72 => 1.85
1.73 => 1.85
1.80 => 1.85

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • When you upgrade to this version, Patch Manager changes the executable the default shortcut uses to launch the program for the logged-on user. If other users use Patch Manager on a system you are upgrading or you have changed the location of the Start menu or desktop shortcut, manually change the target to MMCLoader.exe for any neglected shortcuts. 
  • If you have not already installed .NET Framework 4.0 on your systems running Patch Manager, the 1.85 upgrade installs it. If the upgrade installs .NET Framework 4.0, the upgrade requires a reboot.

Upgrade Procedure (from versions earlier than 1.73)

Due to the security changes included in version 1.73 and all later versions, you cannot use the built-in EminentWare Package Management utility when upgrading from any version lower than 1.73. Instead, use the following procedure to upgrade each of your Patch Manager servers individually.

NOTE: Upgrading to the current version from a version earlier than 1.73 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.

 

To upgrade to Patch Manager version 1.85:

  1. Download the 1.72 and 1.85 upgrade packages from the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
  2. Upgrade all of your Patch Manager servers and consoles to version 1.72.
  3. After all of your Patch Manager systems are on version 1.72, upgrade your Primary Application Server (PAS) to version 1.85.
  4. If you have additional Patch Manager servers and/or consoles in your publishing environment, upgrade all downstream servers and consoles to version 1.85 after you upgrade your PAS.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have not already applied Microsoft KB2720211 or KB2734608 to your WSUS and Patch Manager systems, the upgrade to version 1.85 automatically applies KB2734608 to the local WSUS console. To ensure local publishing continues to work in your environment, apply that update to all Patch Manager and WSUS systems, and then regenerate a new 2048-bit publishing certificate.

Upgrade Procedure (from version 1.73 or later)

If you are upgrading from version 1.73 or later, use the updater executable provided in the SolarWinds Customer Portal.

To upgrade to Patch Manager version 1.85:

  1. Download the 1.85 upgrade from the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
  2. Upgrade all of your Patch Manager servers and consoles to version 1.85

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

    For version 1.85 (and later), you must load the CLR4.0 runtime to add the Patch Manager MMC snap-in as a sub-node of the SCCM 2007 console. If you do not change the runtime, the Patch Manager snap-in runs as a separate console on SCCM 2007.

  • Windows 2000

    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.

Fixed Issues

Issue Case Number
Patch Manager did not sort task history items appropriately by Start Date.  
Package Content Editor did not delete files. 381809
Patch Manager web console search page did not load in Internet Explorer versions 9 and 10. 413404
Inventory task returned a "Violation of Primary Key Constraint" error. 407494
Package Editor did not appear to save custom Success return codes. 408956
Patch Manager did not populate data from Win32_DataGridServerFile. 401206
Patch Manager did not update date ranges for scheduled reports. 342972
Patch Manager MMC console crashed after expanding the Update Services node. 395151
Rule Editor in the Package Wizard did not save the Created or Modified dates correctly. 397948
Adobe updates without direct download links (such as Adobe Reader 11.0.0.379) did not publish correctly unless you downloaded the content prior to running the Publishing Wizard. 397040
PackageBoot editor did not save changes to packageboot.xml after changing original content and adding a file. 389468
Task reporting showed invalid completion times. 384235
Patch Manager did not save changes to synchronization time settings for the third-party update catalog. 376866
Exported reporting outputs did not match the original outputs. 379784
Patch Manager did not list packages correctly when sorted by a date column (for example, Last Modified). 379326
Patch Manager could not perform tasks on WSUS computer groups containing certain strings (such as "order") in the group name. 376531

Open Issues

Issue Case Number
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 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.  401604
Patch Manager 1.85 changes the executable the default shortcut uses to launch the program for the logged-on user. If other users use Patch Manager on a system you are upgrading or you have changed the location of the Start menu or desktop shortcut, manually change the target to MMCLoader.exe for any neglected shortcuts.  401604
Patch Manager allows you to select WID as a database. Microsoft does not allow this selection, and you will receive an error after selecting it.  

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