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Last Updated: March 9, 2017

After you verify that WSUS is installed in the Microsoft® Windows Server® operating system, SolarWinds Patch Manager can distribute Windows updates, third-party updates, and custom packages to managed systems in the SolarWinds Patch Manager deployment.

If you configured WSUS on a separate server, ensure that the server is running the same Windows Server operating system as your SolarWindsPatch Manager server to prevent API Mismatch errors.

  1. Locate the IP address or host name of the WSUS server.

  2. Log in to the SolarWinds Patch Manager server as an administrator.
  3. Expand Enterprise and click Update Services.


  4. In the Actions menu, click Add or Configure WSUS Server.

    The Add or Modify WSUS Server window displays.

  5. In the Server Name field, enter the IP address or host name of the WSUS server.


  6. Click Resolve.

    SolarWinds Patch Manager connects with the WSUS API and populates the host name (or fully qualified domain name), connection name, and port number fields.

    Port 80 is the default port. 


  7. In the Port field, select the port based on the operating system and connection, and then complete the remaining fields.

    Operating System SSL Enabled Use This Port
    Windows Server 2008 R2 Yes 443
    No 80

    Windows Server 2012

    Windows Server 2012 R2

    Windows Server 2016

    Yes 8531
    No 8530
  8. Click Test Connection.

    SolarWinds Patch Manager contacts the WSUS API to establish a connection with the WSUS server. If the connection is good, the Connection Succeeded window opens.

    If the connection fails, select a corresponding port (for example, 8531 instead of 8530) and retest.

  9. Click Save.

    The WSUS server is configured in SolarWinds Patch Manager, and the server displays in the menu. In this example, SPM-MGOM is the WSUS server.


View updates

After you add a WSUS server to SolarWinds Patch Manager, additional nodes display below the server. The Updates menu contains nodes that store the updates. After you download the updates, the Windows updates are stored in the Critical Updates and Security Updates nodes. All non-Microsoft updates are stored in the Third Party Updates node.


Click a node to view the updates. For example, click Critical Updates to display all approved critical updates. To view declined or unapproved critical updates, click the Approval drop-down menu and select an option.


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