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What is an inventory?

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Last Updated: March 9, 2017

An inventory is a collection of systems that receive patches and updates from SolarWinds Patch Manager. The application creates an inventory using an inventory task that pulls system data from the WSUS server and managed systems using a WMI connection or an agent. This information is collected and stored in the SolarWinds Patch Manager SQL Server database.

When you generate a report or open a console (such as the Admin Console or Orion Web Console), the application queries the SolarWinds Patch Manager SQL Server database and retrieves the latest system information. SolarWinds Patch Manager converts the data into information that displays in the consoles and reports. This information helps you identify systems that require patches and updates. After you generate the initial inventory, schedule daily inventory tasks to keep the console and report data up-to-date.

When you configure the managed systems for the first time, SolarWinds Patch Manager installs SolarWinds Client Components on each computer to establish a connection (if possible). Initially, the application uses WMI Providers to establish a connection with systems that do not require an agent. If managed systems are running an agent, SolarWinds Patch Manager connects to port 4092 on the system to establish a connection.

To collect the latest information about your deployment, inventory your WSUS server and managed systems before you generate a report.

To inventory your deployment:

  1. Generate a WSUS server inventory.
  2. Generate a managed systems inventory.
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