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User preferences

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

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Use the User Preferences tab in Security and User Management to create and manage profiles for specific Microsoft® Windows® users with access to the Patch Manager Administrator Console.

These preferences include the following settings and assignments:

  • Credential ring         
  • Export directory
  • Remote Desktop connection settings
  • Management groups
  • WSUS servers
  • Patch Manager computer groups
  • Domains and workgroups

If a Patch Manager Administrator Console user does not have a specific profile in the User Preferences tab, Patch Manager uses the Default profile when this user connects to a console.

Specify preferences for a user profile

  1. Log in to the Patch Manager Admin Console as an administrator. 
  2. In the Patch Manager console, expand Patch Manager System Configuration and select Security and User Management.
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  3. In the center pane, click the User Preferences tab.
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  4. Modify the user preferences for an existing file or add a new user profile.

Modify the preferences for an existing profile

  1. Select the user profile you want to modify.
  2. In the Actions pane (right), click Edit.
  3. Modify the profile, and click Save.​

Add a new user profile

  1. In the Actions pane, click Add User. 
  2. In the Select Users and Groups window, browse the left pane until the user or group you want to add is in the upper-right pane.
  3. In the upper-right pane, select the user or group you want to add.
  4. Click Add selected, and then click OK.
  5. Click Save. 

Credential ring

Use the Credential Ring setting to assign a specific credential ring to each user profile. Patch Manager assigns the Default credential ring to the Default user profile during setup, but you can modify this setting.

Export directory

Use this setting to specify a default export location for each user profile. The default value is %MYDOCUMENTS%\Patch Manager. In most cases, users can change this location on demand on a per-export basis.

Remote desktop connection settings

Use this setting to specify the preferences Patch Manager passes to mstsc.exe to establish the following RDP connections:

  • Default Screen Resolution
  • Use an alternate port for RDP Connection
  • Connect to the console session on the selected computer

Management groups

Use this setting to limit profile access to specific Patch Manager management groups. Patch Manager allows the Default  user profile access to all management groups.

WSUS servers

Use this setting to display specific WSUS servers within an associated management group in the Patch Manager navigation pane. Patch Manager allows the Default  user profile access to all associated WSUS servers.

Patch Manager computer groups

Use this setting to limit profile access to specific Patch Manager computer groups. Patch Manager allows the Default  user profile access to all computer groups.

Domains and workgroups

Use this setting to limit profile access to specific domains or workgroups within a profile's associated management group. Patch Manager allows the Default user profile access to all associated domains and workgroups.

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