Patch Manager 2.0 will be generally available soon. In the meantime, we will make Release Candidate available to all customers (whose maintenance is not expired or about to expire) in your portal.
What does Release Candidate mean?
An RC is not Beta. With Beta, we urge (beg!) people not to put it into production because it's not complete and we know it. We cannot upgrade Beta code to GA code.
Release Candidate means we've fully tested it internally and if we find no serious issues during this customer acceptance phase, the RC will be the GA.
We will fully support Release Candidates. Support is prepared to take Support cases. Dev is prepared to handle any issue that is escalated.
We will fully support upgrades from RC to GA.
So why don't we just call it Generally Available?
We could call it GA. The customer acceptance phase is a chance for customers who want early code to get their hands on it and give us feedback on any issues they find. There are often issues that are unique to customer environments that we can only identify in the field. More conservative folks may want to wait until the code is declared GA.
What if I want to see the new stuff, but I'm not comfortable with a Release Candidate? Then download it and run it in Eval mode.
However you run it, let us know what you find. Open Support cases, or post to thwack.
Below are some of the features we will introduce with Patch Manager 2.0
Guides you through pre-requisites for setting up and deploying Patch Manager
Allows choosing installaed components, detects limitations and upgrades
Orion integrated installer
Patch Manager plugs into regular Orion installer that provides an express (automatic) and advanced (manual config) option to install and upgrade essential components
Configuration and first time use wizard
Walks you through configuring your SolarWinds Orion installation and the Patch Manager installation
Setup database, website, server role, WSUS, credentials, etc
Patch Manager agent
Introducing the Patch Manager Agent as a stand alone service running on Patch Manager client device
Allows agent as an active running service to query WMI Providers locally (no opened/configured WMI connection)
If you would like to install or simply try out the RC, please complete the following surveyand I will make sure to followup with you.
Please respond here if you have any questions or feel free to message me directly.
Arun Rajan | Product Manager – Systems & Applications Management|SolarWinds