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Deploy agents

Last updated December 7, 2018

You can deploy Patch Manager agents to:

  • Online computers
  • Offline computers
  • Multiple computers using WSUS
  • Computers using the WMI Providers installer

Deploy agents to online computers

Push the Patch Manager agent to the client computer from the Patch Manager Administrator Console. After the agent is installed on the client, provision the agent with a certificate so agent approval is not required.

  1. Log in to the Patch Manager Admin Console as an administrator. 
  2. In the navigation pane, expand Enterprise and select Managed Computers.

    SPM-Admin-Guide-Managed-Computers-Select.png

  3. In the center pane, select a computer that requires an agent.
  4. In the Actions pane, click Deploy Client Components.
  5. In the Task Options Wizard, select Install or Repair Client Components to prepare the client system to work with Patch Manager, and click Next.
  6. Select the following options, and click Next:
    • Install WMI Providers: Installs the WMI providers on your managed computer.
    • Install the Patch Manager Agent: Installs the agent on your managed computer to poll for WSUS updates
  7. Select Install using Remote install Service, and click Next.
  8. Select the clients you want to deploy the components, and click Next.
  9. Review your selections, and click Finish.

Deploy agents to offline computers

Push the Patch Manager agent to the client computer from the Patch Manager Administrator Console. After the agent is installed on the client, provision the agent with a certificate so agent approval is not required.

  1. Log in to the Patch Manager Admin Console as an administrator.
  2. In the navigation pane, expand Enterprise and select Managed Computers.

    SPM-Admin-Guide-Managed-Computers-Select.png

  3. In the center pane, select a computer that requires an offline agent deployment.
  4. In the Actions pane, click Provision Agent Offline.
  5. In the Agent Provisioning wizard, ensure that the host information is correct, and click Next.

    SPM-Admin-Guide-Agent-Provisioning-Wizard-11.png

  6. Click Browse and select the location where you want to place the provisioning installer.
  7. Select the Recreate existing certificate checkbox if you do not want to use the existing certificate.
  8. Enter the password used to protect the signed Patch Manager server certificate, and click Finish.

Distribute agents using WSUS

To distribute the agent to multiple computers at once, create a WSUS installer package and distribute the package through the WSUS server. 

  1. Log in to the Patch Manager Admin Console as an administrator.
  2. In the navigation pane, expand Enterprise and select Managed Computers.

    SPM-Admin-Guide-Managed-Computers-Select.png

  3. In the center pane, select the targeted computer.            
  4. In the Actions pane, click Deploy Client Components.
  5. In the Task Options Wizard, select Install or Repair Client Components, and click Next.
  6. Select the following options, and then click Next:
    • Install WMI Providers: Installs the correct providers on your managed computer 
    • Install the Patch Manager Agent: Installs the Patch Manager agent on your managed computer    
  7. Select Create a WSUS Installer Package, and click Next.
  8. Select the clients you want to deploy the components, and click Next.
  9. Review the information in the dialog box, and click Finish.

    SPM-Admin-Guide-Agent-Provisioning-Wizard3.png

  10. Publish the package.

Deploy agents using the WMI Providers installer

The SolarWinds Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Providers for managed clients provide additional management and inventory tools that are not native to WSUS. Without them, you can only use Patch Manager to interface with WSUS and not directly with the managed clients.

By default, Patch Manager does not deploy the WMI providers automatically unless you enable the Automatic all provision SolarWinds WMI Providers option under Management Groups > Settings. When enabled, Patch Manager deploys the WMI Providers to the managed computers as needed for specific configuration management tasks.

See Install SolarWinds WMI Providers on managed computers for instructions.

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