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Manage client WMI connectivity

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Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Steve.Hawkins on Jun 19, 2018

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When you configure the managed systems for the first time, Patch Manager installs SolarWinds Client Components on each computer to establish a connection (if possible). 

Initially, SolarWinds Client Components use WMI Providers to establish a connection with systems that do not require an agent. If the managed systems are running an agent, Patch Manager connects to port 4092 on the system to establish a connection.

The following table lists the actions you can perform in Patch Manager with and without WMI Providers.  

Without WMI Providers, you can... With WMI Providers, you can...
Publish third-party updates to the WSUS server Deploy updates on demand using the Update Management and Update Management Wizard tasks 
Perform all WSUS administrative functions Conduct a managed computer inventory to retrieve detailed information about managed clients
Conduct a WSUS Inventory for details about your WSUS servers Perform configuration management tasks, such as shutting down or restarting computers, refreshing the group policy, and managing client certificates
Conduct a WSUS Extended Inventory to access a basic collection of system-level inventory data Use Computer Explorer to browse computer details and launch configuration management tasks

The following sections provide information about implementing WMI Providers in your environment:

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