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Manage client WMI connectivity

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Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Steve.Hawkins on Jan 31, 2018

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You can use Patch Manager to connect to managed clients using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Providers for managed clients. This software component provides additional management and inventory tools that are not native to WSUS. Without WMI Providers, you can only use Patch Manager to interface with WSUS and not directly with any managed client. 

WMI Providers enable Patch Manager to:

  • Deploy updates on demand using the Update Management and Update Management Wizard tasks 
  • Conduct a Managed Computer Inventory to retrieve detailed information about managed clients
  • Perform configuration management tasks, such as Shutdown or Reboot, Refresh Group Policy, and Client Certificate Management 
  • Use Computer Explorer to browse computer details and launch configuration management tasks

The following sections provide information about implementing WMI Providers in your environment:

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