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Set up additional Automation Servers

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Steve.Hawkins on Jul 10, 2018

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When you install Patch Manager in large or distributed networks, your network environment may require additional Automation Servers to manage your deployment. To address this issue, Patch Manager uses Automation Servers to initiate RPC/WMI connections to remote systems.  

When you deploy additional Automation Servers, Patch Manager can simultaneously target more systems. Deploying Automation Servers closer to the remote systems they manage allows the RPC/WMI connection to travel a shorter distance.

Automation Server routing rules

Patch Manager uses Automation Server routing rules to manage tasks sent to each Automation Server. Automation Server routing rules define whether or not to assign a task to a default round-robin pool if an assigned server is unavailable. In this way, Automation Server routing rules result in one of four general rule definitions:

  • An absolute rule for a specific Automation role server
  • A rule with a preferred Automation role server that relies on the default pool when needed
  • An absolute rule for a specific pool of Automation role servers
  • A rule with a pool of preferred Automation role servers that relies on the default pool when needed

You can define specific worker process settings to limit the capacity of each Automation Server role See Automation Server Settings for details.

Define the Automation Server routing rules

  1. Log in to the Patch Manager Administrator Console as an administrator.
  2. In the navigation pane, expand Patch Manager System Configuration > Management Groups.
  3. Select the management group your Automation Server routing rule.
    The default selection is Managed Enterprise.
  4. In the center pane, click the Automation Server Routing Rules tab.
  5. In the Actions pane, select the routing rule you want to add.
  6. In the dialog box, select the system you want to target.
  7. Complete the Select Automation Server(s) for routing rule and rule type dialog:
    1. Select one or more Automation role servers to assign to the rule.
    2. To restrict the rule to only the server you selected, select Absolute Rule.
    3. Click OK.

You can use Automation Server roles to:

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