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Generate a WSUS server inventory

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Last Updated: March 9, 2017

The WSUS server inventory collects Microsoft® and third-party update status information that was reported to the WSUS server by each managed system. This information is transferred to the WSUS reports to help system administrators determine the update status of each managed system.

For example, a system administrator can generate a WSUS server inventory, and then run a WSUS analytics report to identify approved update packages and whether they are installed on each managed system. After the updates are approved and published to the WSUS server, the administrator can run a WSUS server report to identify the update packages that failed to install during the update.

SolarWinds recommends scheduling the inventory outside of your normal operating hours to minimize CPU utilization and reduce bandwidth in the corporate network.

  1. Log in to the Patch Manager Administrator Console as an administrator. 

  2. In the navigation pane, expand Enterprise > Update Services, and then select the WSUS server.

    In this example, the WSUS server is SPM-MGOM.


  3. Click the WSUS server and then click Refresh Update Server in the Actions menu.
  4. Click WSUS Inventory in the Actions pane.
  5. Click and select the inventory options in the WSUS Inventory Options window or accept the default options, and then click Save.


  6. Select a time and date when the inventory task begins.


  7. Select how often Patch Manager runs the task.


  8. Select a time to stop the task, and click OK.

    SolarWinds recommends selecting No end date to ensure the WSUS server continues to receive updates.


    When the task completes, the data is stored in the Patch Manager SQL Server database. You can access the data by generating a report from the following reporting categories.

    • WSUS Reports: Windows Update
    • Configuration Management Reports

    These reports are located in the Reporting menu.


  9. Expand Administration and Reporting and select Scheduled Tasks.
  10. Verify that the task displays in the Scheduled Tasks pane.

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