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Configure a WSUS server for publishing

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Updated June 17th, 2016

Use the Server Publishing Setup Wizard to generate the WSUS self-signed publishing certificate (if necessary) and copy it to the Patch Manager server's certificate store.

This task establishes a WMI connection with your publishing servers to configure them. If you installed Patch Manager on its own server and opted not to allow Patch Manager to automatically deploy the SolarWinds WMI Providers, this wizard will not work. Manually deploy the WMI Providers to your WSUS servers, or distribute the publishing certificate using Group Policy. For additional information about WMI connections, see "Managing Client WMI Connectivity".

To configure Patch Manager as a publishing server:

  1. In the Patch Manager menu, expand Administration and Reporting and select Software Publishing.
  2. Click Server Publishing Setup Wizard in the Actions pane.
  3. In the wizard, click the WSUS Server drop-down menu and select the upstream WSUS server.
  4. If the wizard returns details for an existing publishing certificate, select Distribute existing WSUS signing certificate to required servers.
  5. If the wizard does not return details for an existing publishing certificate, select Create self-signed certificate.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Select the Patch Manager servers, publishing servers, and downstream WSUS servers to which you want to distribute the publishing certificate, and then click Next.
  8. Review the summary screen for any errors, and then click Finish.
  9. On the dialog that instructs you to configure your managed clients, click OK. Review the following section for additional information about this process.

See Using Group Policy to configure managed clients if you need to use Group Policy to configure your publishing servers. The Group Policy procedure is the same whether you are configuring publishing servers or managed clients.

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