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Managing Third-party Packages

Updated July 8th, 2016


After you have created a package in Patch Manager, select it in the Patch Manager console to view useful information about it in the details pane. The topics in this section address the following procedures.

Viewing Package Details

When you select a package in the Packages node of the Patch Manager console, Patch Manager displays detailed information about the package in the following tabs.

Package Details

Similar to the Update Details tab for WSUS updates. Displays the package description and metadata.

Prerequisite Rules

Displays the prerequisite rules for the package just as they appear in the Package Wizard.

Applicability Rules

Displays the applicability rules for the package just as they appear in the Package Wizard.

Installed Rules

Displays the installed rules for the package just as they appear in the Package Wizard.

Verifying Package Integrity

Use the Package Integrity Verification task to verify the content of a package before you publish it. This package compares the contents you have previously downloaded for the package to what is currently available from the vendor.

This task does the following:

  • It calculates the SHA-1 hash of the downloaded file and compares it to the SHA-1 hash that was calculated when the package was created.
  • It identifies the quantity of any extra files that should be included as defined by the Include Additional Files option, and the quantity of any files that are missing based on the number of files that are defined.
  • It provides a Repair option to remediate any repairable conditions.

To check the integrity of one or more downloaded packages:

  1. Select one or more packages that have already been downloaded.
  2. In the Actions pane, click Package Integrity Verification.
  3. If the wizard displays a package without a green check mark in the left column, click Repair to repair the package.
  4. Click Close to exit the window.

Checking a Package's Publication Status

Use the Check Publication Status task to determine whether or not a package has been published to a WSUS server.

To check the publication status of one or more packages:

  1. Select the packages you wish to check.
  2. In the Actions pane, click Check Publication Status.
  3. On the Package Publication Status Wizard, select the update servers you want to check against.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Review the results of the check, and then click Close to exit the wizard.
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