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Home > Success Center > Patch Manager > Patch Manager 2.1.5 Administrator Guide > Using the Patch Manager Administration Console > Publishing Software Packages

Publishing Software Packages

 Updated July 8th, 2016

Use the Patch Manager Publishing Wizard to publish one or more packages to a WSUS server. When publishing packages, you can publish:

  • Entire packages (including all metadata and installers) 
  • Metadata-only packages you can use to determine if a package is installed or required on target computers.
  • Revision-only packages that update the metadata on an existing package and not the installation file

Complete the Patch Manager Publishing Wizard

Complete the following procedure to publish packages to a WSUS server to be deployed to applicable clients.

The wizard in this procedure provides the following additional options.

Option Description
Verify WSUS version compatibility and required signing certificate is distributed Checks the versions and certificates in the publishing environment to ensure successful publishing. WSUS requires all components in the publishing environment to run the same WSUS version and publishing certificate. SolarWinds recommends this option to verify these requirements and avoid wasted publishing time.
Re-sign existing selected packages Re-signs the selected packages with the current publishing certificate. Use this option when republishing packages that were signed with an earlier publishing certificate.
Delete package if it exists (select this if binaries have changed) Installs new binary files in the selected packages. This option allows you to reuse an existing package definition.
Re-download packages that have already been downloaded Downloads the binary content for all packages, even if the content is stored on the SolarWinds Patch Manager server. Use this option to ensure the content you publish to the WSUS server is identical to the content available from the vendor's update publishing site.

To publish packages to a WSUS server:

  1. Log in to Patch Manager as an administrator.
  2. In the navigation pane, expand Administration and Reporting > Software Publishing, and then select the container that contains the package(s) you want to publish.
  3. In the Actions pane, click Publish Packages.
  4. On the Packages to Publish screen, select the WSUS server that will host the published packages.

    The Wizard cannot publish packages to replica servers.

  5. Select one of the following options as your initial selection method:​
    • Publish selected packages to the WSUS server: Publishes the packages you selected before launching the wizard.
    • Publish all packages to the WSUS server: Publishes all available and selected packages. You can clear or modify these selections in the following step.
  6. Review the available packages and select the check box next to each package you want to publish. Clear the check box next to each package you do not want to publish.
  7. In the Content column for each selected package, select the Full, Metadata Only, or Revision Only version for publishing.
  8. Above the package selection pane, select any additional options, and click Next.
  9. If you do not need to download any additional content, go to step 10.
    If you need to download any additional content, use the Package Download Assistant to download and import the content for packages that do not include the download links. After the Wizard completes the download, select each package you want to publish, and click Next. 
    See Using Package Download Assistant for more information.  
  10. Review the publishing results, and then click Finish.

Complete the Package Download Assistant Wizard

Complete the Package Download Assistant Wizard to publish packages for vendors that do not include direct download links. Common examples of such packages include the Adobe Flash Player and Sun Java Runtime Environment packages.

These packages usually require you to accept a License Agreement. 

  1. Prepare to publish each package. See Completing the Patch Manager Publishing Wizard. for more information. 
  2. In the Package Download Assistant window, select a package, and then double-click the link provided below the package list.
  3. On the vendor download page, review the License Agreement. If you accept the agreement, select the appropriate checkbox. 
  4. Download the file or archive for your selected package.
  5. In the Package Download Assistant window, complete any additional steps listed in the Package download description and instructions section. For example, extract the contents of the vendor's archive.
  6. Click Import Source.
  7. Navigate to the folder that contains the downloaded file and click Open.

    The wizard pre-populates the Select the download package file dialog with the required filename. You do not need to select or specify a file during this step, except for the folder. 

  8. Repeat step 2 through step 6 for each additional package listed in the Wizard.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Complete the Patch Manager Publishing Wizard.
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