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Managing Client WMI Connectivity

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

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Patch Manager has the option to connect to managed clients using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). To facilitate these connections, Patch Manager uses a software component called WMI Providers. Without the WMI Providers, Patch Manager can only interface with WSUS, not directly with managed clients.

The WMI Providers enable Patch Manager to do the following on managed clients:

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

For additional information about using the WMI Providers in your environment, see the following sections:

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