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Credential Rings

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

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Patch Manager uses credential rings to map credentials to managed resources. This way, Patch Manager knows what credential(s) to pull from the database before performing a task on one or more managed computers. Any credential you add to Patch Manager is useless until you map it to at least one resource in a credential ring.

By default, Patch Manager creates the Default credential ring during the initial configuration. At that time, you map credentials to the corresponding resources using rules. Credential rings allow the following types of rules:

  • Rules for WSUS servers, ConfigMgr site servers, or specific computers
  • Rules for Active Directory Organizational Units (OUs)
  • Rules for Active Directory domains or workgroups
  • The Default rule

As you add or remove credentials to/from Patch Manager, add them to a credential ring and modify these rules to map them to the appropriate resource(s).

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