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Patch Manager agents

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Updated February 1. 2018

While SolarWinds Patch Manager is an agentless patch deployment system, you may encounter situations where an agent is the best solution in your environment. These situations include:

  • Computers used by employees who intermittently access their corporate networks from a remote location
  • Computers that cannot be managed with Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
  • Computers that are protected by stringent firewall rules or virtual private networks (VPNs)

In these situations, Patch Manager agents provide the best option for patching computers that are offline most of the time. 

After you install the Patch Manager agent, the agent contacts the Patch Manager server (or Primary Application Server) using a secure connection and requests a certificate exchange. The certificate provides mutual authentication and must be installed on the managed computer before the agent can perform any tasks. Agents with exchanged certificates display in the Approved category in the Patch Manager Administrator Console.

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You can deploy pre-provisioned agents that have exchanged certificate information. These agents poll the server at preconfigured intervals using asynchronous remote procedure calls (RPC). 

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