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Set up the WSUS inventory

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Steve.Hawkins on Nov 07, 2017

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The WSUS Inventory task uses the WSUS API to query your upstream and downstream WSUS servers and populate the WSUS reports located at Administration and Reporting > Reporting > WSUS Reports.


These reports provide information about WSUS server performance and update packages installed on managed systems by the WSUS server. Patch Manager includes several common WSUS reports that help you identify:

  • Systems running approved updates
  • Packages that failed to install during the update
  • Systems with approved, installed, or failed Microsoft and third-party updates

Configure and schedule the WSUS Inventory task

Schedule your WSUS inventory tasks to run each day outside of your normal operating hours. The WSUS Inventory task collects large amounts of data from several computers in your network, which can impact your business operations. When the task is completed, the data is stored in the Patch Manager database.  

  1. Log in to the SolarWinds Patch Manager Admin Console as an administrator. 
  2. In the Patch Manager menu, expand Enterprise > Update Services and select your WSUS server.
  3. In the Actions pane, click WSUS Inventory.
  4. In the WSUS Inventory Options dialog box, review your inventory options and make any changes as required.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Select a date and time when the WSUS Inventory task begins.
  7. Select how often Patch Manager runs the task.
  8. Select a time to stop the task, and click OK.

    SolarWinds recommends selecting No end date to ensure the WSUS server continues to receive updates from the WSUS database.

  9. In the navigation menu, expand Administration and Reporting and select Scheduled Tasks.
  10. Verify that the task displays in the Schedule Tasks pane. 


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