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Deploy the WMI Providers

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Steve.Hawkins on Mar 12, 2018

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The SolarWinds Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Providers for managed clients provide additional management and inventory tools that are not native to WSUS. Without them, you can only use Patch Manager to interface with WSUS, not directly with any managed clients.

When WMI Providers are not deployed, you can:

  • Publish third-party updates to the WSUS server
  • Perform all WSUS administrative functions
  • Conduct a WSUS Inventory for details about your WSUS servers
  • Conduct a WSUS Extended Inventory to access a basic collection of system-level inventory data

When the WMI Providers are deployed, you can also:

  • Deploy updates on-demand using the Update Management and Update Management Wizard tasks
  • Conduct a Managed Computer Inventory for 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

By default, Patch Manager automatically deploys the WMI providers. If you disable the Automatically provision SolarWinds WMI Providers option, Patch Manager no longer deploys the WMI providers to the managed computers as needed for specific configuration management tasks. Otherwise, you will have to deploy the WMI Providers manually before Patch Manager can use them.

Use the following procedures to manually deploy the SolarWinds WMI Providers to one or more managed computers using a task or action.

See System Center Configuration Manager 2012 and 2012 R2 for deploying WMI Providers in an SCCM environment. 

Deploy WMI Providers using a task

Log in to the Patch Manager Admin Console as an administrator.

  1. Log in to the Patch Manager Admin Console as an administrator. 
  2. In the navigation pane, select Administration and Reporting.

    SPM-Admin-Guide-Administration-And-Reporting.png

  3. In the center pane, click Check and Manage Computer Access.
  4. In the Computer Access Management dialog box, select Install the WMI Providers if not already installed, and then click OK.

    SPM-Admin-Guide-Install-WMI-Providers.png

  5. Select any additional options.

    Do not select Enable DCOM if disabled.

  6. Complete the Task Options Wizard to specify the target systems and schedule execute the task.

    See Task Options Wizard for details about the wizard.

  7. See Task Options Wizard for more information.

If the task generates an error, see Troubleshooting Access Denied errors in Patch Manager to resolve the issue.

Deploy WMI Providers using an action

  1. Log in to the Patch Manager Admin Console as an administrator.
  2. In the navigation pane, expand Enterprise > Managed Computers.
    SPM-Admin-Guide-Managed-Computers-Select.png
  3. In the Managed Computers pane, select a computer.  
  4. In the Actions pane, click Deploy Client Components.
  5. Select Install or Repair Client Components, and click Next.                   
  6. Select Install WMI Providers, and click Next.
  7. Select Install using Remote install Service, and click Next.                     
  8. Select the clients you want to deploy the components, and click Next.
  9. Verify your selections, and click Finish.
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