These release notes provide additional guidance for SolarWinds Patch Manager v2.0.
SolarWinds Patch Manager v2.0 includes the following new features and improvements:
Simplifies your Patch Manager installation by installing pre-requisites and providing you an Express installation option in addition to the Advanced installation option. The Express option will install both a WSUS server and an SQL Server Express instance to facilitate the configuration of your install.
Install agents on computers that are difficult to manage with Patch Manager. Agents do not require open WMI connections nor do you need to configure the clients and network for remote Windows Management Instrumentation.
This wizard guides you through installing your first updates after Patch Manager 2.0 is installed.
After you apply your new license key in v2.0, you will be able to upgrade to future licenses by clicking a button in the License Manager instead of reapplying an activation code.
The signed provider is now SolarWinds instead of EminentWare.
You can install Patch Manager on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2.
Improved error handling around installation and common issues found when updating.
You can install Patch Manager on FIPS-enabled computers.
|Upgrading the web console fails.||540963, 453061|
|The initial data is blank after installing.||541732|
|Package boot does not support MSP files.||433372, 433460|
|Scheduled task start time is not respected when you select Hourly||333615|
|Cannot combine Wake on LAN without management tasks.||367190|
|Cannot create a computer rule when you select a WSUS server.||-|
|Updates with EXE files occasionally fail.||451037|
|The default inventory receives a datasource exception error when collecting Groups information.||414874, 397250|
|Cannot create a rule of type "File Creation Date with Registry Value".||469330|
|Problems downloading Dell and HP updates.||474977|
|Receive errors when deleting content from a published patch that uses PackageBoot.||480188|
|Incorrect server information displayed from Managed Computers.||484669|
|Credentials are overwritten after you configure an Automation Server to write to the Primary Application Server database.||468337|
|Cannot upgrade a Secondary Application Server if the Primary Application Server is not available.||-|
|Agent policies are not updated when the Automation Server routing rules are edited||-|
|You cannot install the web console and WSUS on Windows Server 2003 x64 or on Windows Server 2003 R2 x64.||-|
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 => 2.0|
MMCLoader.exefor any neglected shortcuts.
Due to the security changes included in version 1.72 and all later versions, you cannot use the built-in EminentWare Package Management utility when upgrading from any version lower than 1.72. Instead, use the following procedure to upgrade each of your Patch Manager servers individually.
Upgrading to the current version from a version earlier than 1.72 requires the following:
To upgrade to Patch Manager version 2.0:
If you have not already applied Microsoft KB2720211 or KB2734608 to your WSUS and Patch Manager systems, the upgrade to version 2.0 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.
If you are upgrading from version 1.72 or later, use the updater executable provided in the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
To upgrade to Patch Manager version 2.0:
The following address current or forthcoming changes to the SolarWinds support policy for Patch Manager.
All versions of Patch Manager prior to 1.73 have entered the End-Of-Life cycle. View the SolarWinds EOL Policy online.
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.
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.
As of version 1.85 SR2, SolarWinds no longer supports the installation of Patch Manager on Windows XP. However, the patching of Windows XP machines using SolarWinds Patch Manager continues to be fully supported.
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