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Patch Manager Getting Started Guide

Last Update: December 4, 2018


This guide picks up right after the Patch Manager installation process and walks you through the initial steps you need to take to install Microsoft® and third-party updates (or patches) on your Windows®-based computers and generate reports for your compliance audits. 


Use this guide to get started with Patch Manager installed on a system running supported versions of Microsoft Windows Server® and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). If Patch Manager is installed on a system running Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), see the Patch Manager Administrator Guide to get started. 


If you have not installed Patch Manager yet, start with the Patch Manager Installation Guide

Who this guide is for

New Patch Manager users Existing Patch Manager users

This guide is meant for you and is the best place to start with Patch Manager.


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You'll find more advanced information in the Patch Manager Administrator Guide.


If you're searching for tips on how to upgrade to a newer version of Patch Manager, see the Patch Manager Upgrade Guide.


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How to get started after you install the software. 

Configure your Patch Manager environment

How to configure your environment so you can start downloading and applying software updates to your Windows-based computers.

Select and download the updates

How to synchronize the WSUS server with the Microsoft Updates and SolarWinds Third Party Updates Pack websites and schedule downloads from each website. 

Generate an inventory of systems to update

How to gather a list of hardware and software resources in your organizational units that you want to update (or patch) with Patch Manager. These procedures are required to populate your Patch Manager reports.

Approve, push, and schedule the updates

How to approve your updates, push the updates to the managed computers, and schedule the updates to automate the update procedure.  

Schedule the updates by classification

How to select and schedule updates by classification, such as critical updates, security updates, and service packs. 

Generate a report

How to generate reports that provide detailed information about your deployment for your compliance audits.

+ Best practices and troubleshooting

How to customize Patch Manager, add additional functionality, and troubleshoot issues.

+ Beyond getting started

How to customize Patch Manager, add additional functionality, and get the help you need.







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