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Using the Patch Manager Report Viewer

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by MindTouch on Jun 23, 2016

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When you run a Patch Manager report, Report Viewer opens in a new window. Use Report Viewer to customize the layout of your reports, filter and sort report results, and export reports to file or email. This section addresses the following topics:

Running WSUS Reports

Complete the following procedure to run WSUS reports.

To run a WSUS report:

  1. In the left pane of the Patch Manager console, expand Administration and Reporting > Reporting > WSUS Reports.
  2. Select a report category. For example, select Windows Server Update Services Analytics.
  3. In the center pane, select a report. For example, select Computer Update Status.
  4. In the Actions pane (right), click Run Report.

Customizing Report Layouts

Complete the following procedure to customize a report's layout.

To customize the layout of a report:

  1. To increase the number of lines Report Viewer displays per page, click Navigation Configuration, and then enter a value up to 100,000.


  • The default value is 2,000.
  • Any change you make persists for all reports.
  1. To reorganize the columns in the report, drag and drop any column to the position you want. For example, drag the Domain or Workgroup (Update Server) and Name (Update Server) columns to the far right of the data grid.
  2. To resize the columns, reposition the column separators in the header row.
  3. To group results by the values in a column, drag the column header into the group bar. For example, drag Computer Name into the group bar:


  1. To show or hide available columns:
    1. Click Column Chooser.
    2. Select the columns you want to show.
    3. Clear the columns you want to hide.
    4. Close the Column Chooser window.
    5. To save a custom layout, click Save Layout.

Filtering and Sorting Report Results

Complete the following procedure to filter and sort report results.

To filter and sort the report results:

  1. To filter a report:
    1. Click File:Success_Center/New_Articles/PatchManager_Admin_Guide_MT/060/070/03000006.png in any column to expose the filter options for that column.
    2. Clear or select values as appropriate.
    3. Click OK.
  2. To sort a report by the values in a specific column:
  • Click the column header once to sort in ascending (A-Z) order.


  • Click the column header twice to sort in descending (Z-A) order.

Configuring Report Viewer Email Settings

Complete the following procedure to configure email settings for Report Viewer.

To configure email settings for Report Viewer:

  1. In the Report Viewer window, click Email Configuration.
  2. Enter the SMTP Server and Sender Email Address (required).
  3. If your email server uses a custom port, modify the Port value as appropriate.
  4. If your email server uses a secure connection, select Use SSL or Use TLS as appropriate.
  5. If you want to specify one or more favorite recipients, enter the email address(es) in the Favorite Recipients field. Separate two or more addresses with semicolons.
  6. If your email server requires credentials to send email, select Use Credentials, and then complete the related fields.
  7. Click OK.

Exporting and Emailing Report Results

Complete the following procedure to export report data and email it.

To export and email a report:

  1. In the Report Viewer window, click Email.
  2. Add at least one address to the recipients list:
    1. Enter an email address in the Recipient field.
    2. Click Add.

Note: If you added one or more favorite recipients to the Email Configuration form, those recipients are already present in the recipients list.

  1. Click OK.
  2. In the Export Options window, select the format you want to use for your report.
  3. In the Export Filename field, browse to or enter a custom path/filename, or accept the default.
  4. Click Export.
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