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Scenario 1: Using an Automation Role Server to Manage a Dedicated Target

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A typical example of this scenario is using a dedicated Automation role server to manage tasks on the Patch Manager PAS. A Patch Manager server cannot perform certain actions on itself, such as a pre-execution reboot in an Update Management task. To address this, deploy an additional Automation role server to handle all tasks Patch Manager executes against itself.

Additional Automation Role Server to Manage the PAS


In other scenarios, SolarWinds recommends you deploy additional Automation role servers on dedicated systems. However, since the additional server in this scenario is only responsible for a single system, you have the option to deploy this server to a collocated system. Examples include the desktop system that has your Patch Manager console, or a WSUS server.

Automation Server Routing Rule for Scenario 1

In this scenario, create an Automation server routing rule that instructs Patch Manager to direct all tasks against the PAS to the additional Automation role server as long as it is online. If the additional server is offline, Patch Manager should direct the task to the PAS.

To create the rule for this scenario:

  1. In the left pane of the Patch Manager console, expand Patch Manager System Configuration > Management Groups.
  2. Select the management group for which you want to configure the rule.
  3. In the center pane, click the Automation Server Routing Rules tab.
  4. In the Actions pane (right), click Add Computer Rule.
  5. In the Add Computer dialog, enter the details for the PAS.
  6. Click Add.
  7. Complete the Select Automation Server(s) for routing rule and rule type dialog:
    1. Select the additional Automation role server.
    2. Clear the Absolute Rule check box.
    3. Click OK.
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