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Deploying Agents

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

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Agents can be deployed in four ways:

  • Deployed from the Patch Manager Console

  • Offline deployment using the Patch Manager Console

  • Distributed using WSUS

  • Manually installed on the client

Deploy from the Patch Manager Console

You can push the agent to the client computer from the Patch Manager Console. After the agent is installed on the client, the agent communicates back to the server to request a certificate. After you approve the certificate exchange, the agent is ready for use.

To push the agent:

  1. In the left pane of the SolarWinds Patch Manager console, expand Enterprise > Managed Computers.

  2. Select a computer from the center pane.

  3. In the Actions pane, click Deploy Client Components.

  4. The system displays the Task Options Wizard.

  5. Select Install or Repair Client Components.

  6. Click Next.

  7. Choose both of the following:

    • Install WMI Providers - Installs the correct providers on your managed computer
    • Install the Patch Manager Agent - Installs the client agent on your managed computer
  8. Click Next.

  9. Choose Install using Remote install Service - Installs the components immediately.

  10. Click Next.

  11. Select the clients you want to deploy the components.

  12. Click Next.

  13. Review your selections.

  14. Click Finish.

Offline Deployment

Agents can be deployed to client computers not currently connected to the corporate network. This process provisions the agent with a certificate so that you do not need to approve the agent.

To provision an agent offline:

  1. In the left pane of the SolarWinds Patch Manager console, expand Enterprise > Managed Computers.

  2. Select a computer from the center pane.In the Actions pane, click Provision Agent Offline.

    The Agent Provisioning Wizard displays.

  3. Ensure that the host information is correct.

  4. Click Next.

  5. Click Browse and select the location where you want to place the provisioning installer.

  6. Select Recreate existing certificate if you do not want to use the existing certificate.

  7. Enter the password used to protect the signed Patch Manager server certificate.

  8. Click Finish.

Distribute using WSUS

If you wish to distribute the agent to multiple computers at once, you can create an installer package and distribute it through WSUS as you normally would.

To create a WSUS installer package:

  1. In the left pane of the SolarWinds Patch Manager console, expand Enterprise > Managed Computers.

  2. Select a computer from the center pane.

  3. In the Actions pane, click Deploy Client Components.

  4. The system displays the Task Options Wizard.

  5. Select Install or Repair Client Components.

  6. Click Next.

  7. Choose both of the following:

    • Install WMI Providers - Installs the correct providers on your managed computer
    • Install the Patch Manager Agent - Installs the client agent on your managed computer
  8. Click Next.

  9. Choose Create a WSUS Installer Package.

  10. Click Next.

  11. Select the clients you want to deploy the components.

  12. Click Next.

  13. Review your selections.

  14. Click Finish.

Publish this package as you would any other package.

Manual Install

You can manually install the agent on the client computer using the WMI Providers installer. You must have your PAS information available to install the agent.

To create a WMI providers package:

  1. Run the WMI providers installer.

  2. Click Next.

  3. Accept the EULA, and click Next.

  4. Select Complete, and click Next.

  5. Change the installation folder if necessary.

  6. Enter the PAS information.

  7. Select Request recreating Certificate.

  8. Click Next.

  9. Click Next again to complete the installation.

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01:12, 23 Jun 2016

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