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Install Patch Manager in a standalone deployment

These instructions provide stand-alone installation steps for installing SolarWinds Patch Manager on a dedicated server with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) enabled in the operating system.

See the SolarWinds Patch Manager Administrator Guide for advanced deployment scenarios and instructions for integrating SolarWinds Patch Manager with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

To complete the installation:

  • Use the Local Administrator account to install the software. The domain account is subject to your domain group policies, which can block the installation tasks.
  • If you are installing SolarWindsPatch Manager using a remote SQL Server instance, run the installation file as an existing, fully-qualified domain account with SysAdmin rights on the SQL Server database server.
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  • Verify that system requirements are met, all required software is installed, and required roles and features are enabled.
  • Gather the information required to complete the installation.
File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/SPM/Patch_Manager_2-1-4_Installation_Guide/0030-Install_Patch_Manager/0030-Install_the_Patch_Manager_Orion_web_interface/checkbox_13x13.gif 2. Prepare the Patch Manager server

Prepare the Patch Manager server to ensure it is set up and configured for a SolarWinds Patch Manager deployment.

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File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/SPM/Patch_Manager_2-1-4_Installation_Guide/0030-Install_Patch_Manager/0030-Install_the_Patch_Manager_Orion_web_interface/checkbox_13x13.gif 4. Prepare the managed systems Set up and configure the managed systems to receive updates from the WSUS server.
File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/SPM/Patch_Manager_2-1-4_Installation_Guide/0030-Install_Patch_Manager/0030-Install_the_Patch_Manager_Orion_web_interface/checkbox_13x13.gif 5. Locate the database information

If you installed a full version of SQL Server on another system, locate the following:

  • Network path to the database instance
  • SQL Server computer name hosting the Orion database
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See Access the Customer Portal if you need to create a SolarWinds account.

  1. Go to
  2. Log in using your SWID and password.
  3. In the Latest Downloads table, locate Patch Manager and click Choose Download.
  4. Download the installation files.
  5. Follow the prompts on the screen to complete the download.
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  1. Extract the contents of the downloaded installation ZIP file to the SolarWinds Patch Manager server.
  2. Run SolarWinds-Patch-Manager-2.1.x-Full.exe.

    You may need to verify if the installation file is blocked. To check, right-click the file and select Properties. If required, click Unblock, and then click OK.

  3. If prompted, click Install to install Microsoft .NET Framework.

    Downloading and installing Microsoft .NET Framework can take more than 20 minutes. If your system reboots, run the installation again.

  4. Select the following options, and click Next:

    • Install the Patch Manager server components
    • Install the Patch Manager administration console

    Do not select Install the Patch Manager Orion web interface. This option is used to integrate SolarWinds Patch Manager with the Orion Platform.

  5. If prompted, enter your email address in the SolarWinds Registration window, and click Continue.

    This registration is for receiving product information from SolarWinds and is required to continue the SolarWinds Patch Manager installation.

    The installer extracts the files and initiates the Patch Manager Setup wizard.

    This process will take some time to complete.

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/SPM/Patch_Manager_2-1-4_Installation_Guide/0030-Install_Patch_Manager/0050-Activate_the_Patch_Manager_license/checkbox.gif 8. Complete the Patch Manager Setup wizard
  1. Click Next on the Welcome window.

  2. If you accept the terms of the license agreement, click Next.
  3. Accept the default destination (recommended) or select another location, and then click Next.

    The wizard installs the SolarWinds Patch Manager software in the selected location.

    This process may take several minutes to complete.

  4. Select a database option, and click Next:

    • Express Install (installs SQL Server Express on your SolarWindsPatch Manager server)
    • Advanced Install (requires an external SQL Server database)
  5. Click Next to copy the program files to your system.

    After the setup completes, the SolarWinds Configuration wizard automatically runs.

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/SPM/Patch_Manager_2-1-4_Installation_Guide/0030-Install_Patch_Manager/0050-Activate_the_Patch_Manager_license/checkbox.gif 9. Run the SolarWinds Configuration wizard

Complete the Configuration Wizard based on your database selection:

Complete the SQL Server installation

Run the SolarWinds Configuration wizard for the remote SQL database server.

File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/SPM/Patch_Manager_2-1-4_Installation_Guide/0030-Install_Patch_Manager/0050-Activate_the_Patch_Manager_license/checkbox.gif 1. Run the SolarWinds Configuration wizard
  1. In the Welcome dialog box, click Next.
  2. Enter the SQL Server database settings, and then click Next.

    1. Click the SQL Server drop-down menu and select the SQL Server server hosting the SolarWinds Patch Manager database instance.
    2. Select SQL Server Authentication and complete the fields.


  3. Enter the SQL Server database settings, and click Next.
    1. Select Use an existing database.
    2. Click the drop-down arrow and select the external database.
  4. Select the SQL Server database account, and click Next.

    If you are creating a new account, select Create a new account and enter your password.

    If you are using an existing account, the accounts are pulled from the database.


  5. Verify your website settings, and click Next.


  6. If the SolarWinds directory does not exist, you are prompted to create the directory. Click Yes to continue.
  7. For the Server Role, select Primary Application Server, and click Next.


  8. Accept the default server settings, and click Next.


  9. Select I'll supply my own WSUS server, and click Next.


  10. Select the WSUS setup options, and click Next.


  11. Enter a user account and password with local admin rights to the SolarWinds Patch Manager server, and click Next.

    If the SQL server is remote, enter the user name and password for your domain account.


  12. Select the location of the SolarWinds Patch Manager database, and click Next.


  13. Select the service account to run the SolarWinds Patch Manager Service, and click Next.


    The installer checks the proxy server settings, and verifies the Internet connection.

  14. In the Success screen, click Launch Patch Manager.

    The SolarWinds Patch Manager Admin Console appears.

  15. Re-enable the anti-virus software on your server.
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Complete the SQL Server Express installation

Complete the checklist to finish the SQL Server Express installation.

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  1. Click Finish.
  2. In the Product Features Select window, select WSUS Extension Pack, and click Continue.

  3. Enter the local administrator credentials, and click Save.
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