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Introduction to Patch Manager - Video

Updated: 5-22-2017


Watch this video for a short tutorial on everything you can do with Patch Manager including automating the patch management process for Microsoft and 3rd party updates as well as check compliance on installed software. 


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Video Transcription


Hello. This is Lawrence Garvin, Product Manager, here to talk about SolarWinds Patch Manager – a product that will likely shave weeks off your patch workload. SolarWinds Patch Manager automates the patch management process to help sysadmins & security information engineers protect systems, networks & applications against known vulnerabilities, improve application performance and pass patch compliance audits.


Patch Manager is a centralized patch management solution, which saves you numerous hours per patch by automatically patching your Windows® systems along with a host of other third-party applications. 


Let's take a quick tour of Patch Manager's capabilities.

In this dashboard level view, you can get a quick glance of security updates that are missing with their severity, and the servers and desktops that are up to date, missing a patch, or have installation errors.  Click on the pie chart and you get a list of the computers that can be updated.  Further drilling down you can see the top missing updates for the computer, whether any updates are installed but pending reboot and updates that have had installation failures.  This dashboard view leverages the same UI as other SolarWinds products like Network Performance Monitor or Server & Application Monitor, so when you have a performance issue, you can check to see if it is related to a recent patch or an un-patched application.


Patch Manager also provides extremely flexible and customizable reports for reporting on patch status and compliance to known application vulnerabilities for which there is a patch.  Reporting with Patch Manager provides value add for Windows® Server Update Service or WSUS deployments because with Patch Manager you can report on over 500 fields of data using over 100 report definitions, all of which can be fully customized, scheduled, exported, or emailed with no SQL knowledge required.


You can sort, filter or group reports by patch status, application, WSUS target group or any other parameter.

To publish patches provided by SolarWinds, Microsoft, or a patch which you have customized or created yourself, Patch Manager leverages and extends your existing WSUS server.  You can schedule updates per your group policy or maintenance window or force an immediate update on one system, multiple systems, or an entire group of systems.

The Package Wizard enables you to build custom update packages for deployment to your systems in your environment.  If you have a custom application or an application like Java™ with complicated scenarios, you can use Patch Manager’s PackageBoot™ technology to define additional pre and post-installation events that are fully integrated with the patch deployment task.


When using Configuration Manager 2012, Patch Manager integrates with the console to publish update packages to your Software Update Point.  It also provides pre-built and pre-tested packages for common 3rd party applications which are automatically synchronized with the Patch Manager server as soon as new updates are ready.

Download your free 30-day trial of Patch Manager to start saving time and money today.




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