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Managing Credential Rings

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Updated July 8th, 2016

Use the Credential and Credential Ring Rules Wizard to manage credential rings. You can use this wizard to both manage the credentials on the Patch Manager database, and map those credentials to the appropriate resources.

To manage a credential ring:

  1. In the left pane of the Patch Manager console, expand Patch Manager System Configuration, and then select Security and User Management.
  2. In the center pane, click the Credential Rings tab.
  3. Select the credential ring you want to modify.
  4. In the Actions pane (right), click Credential Ring Wizard.
  5. On the Credential and Credential Rings Rules Wizard window, specify any credentials you want to add to the Patch Manager database:
    1. Enter the username in UPN or flat format. For example, enter or DOMAIN\user. Note: To add a common local computer account, enter .\ before the username. For example, enter .\administrator to specify the local Administrator account for several computers.
    2. Enter and confirm the password for that user account.
    3. Click Add.
    4. Repeat these steps for any additional accounts you want to add.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Create credential ring rules to map credentials to the appropriate resources:
    1. Click Add Rule, and then select the type of rule you want to add.
    2. In the left pane of the Select Computer window, browse the left pane until the resource you want to add is in the upper-right pane.
    3. In the upper-right pane, select the resource you want to add, and then click Add selected.
    4. Repeat these steps for each resource you want to add.
    5. Click OK.
    6. On the Select User for Credential Rule window, select the credential you want to map to the resource(s), and then click OK.
    7. Repeat these steps for any additional rules you want to add.
  8. Click Finish.

Note: If you do not map a resource to a specific credential, Patch Manager uses the Default rule to choose credentials for that resource. Modify the Default rule as necessary to accommodate for this.

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