For those of you who were waiting for an easy and reliable solution to help you streamline patching of Microsoft and 3rd party applications– Patch Manager 2.0 is all yours for the taking. And, as always, if you are an existing Patch Manager customer under active maintenance, you can enjoy the new features without any additional cost.
Alright, what’s new with Patch Manager 2.0?
Traditionally, deploying patch management tools has been a tedious process even to the most experienced administrators. With Patch Manager 2.0, the focus has been to make the installation and configuration process easier. Here’s the simplified installation flow with the new version.
New Features Include:
- Guides you through the pre-requisites for setting up and deploying Patch Manager
- Allows you to select based on the installed components, detects the limitations and upgrades accordingly.
Overall, it makes your life easy because all you need to do is select the components that are not already installed.
Orion integrated installer
Patch Manager plugs into your Orion installer to provide options for Express (automatic) installation and Advanced configuration (manual) to upgrade essential components. The Express Installer option needs very minimal user input, which means it automatically installs and uses SQL express for installing both Patch Manager and Orion.
Configuration and first time use wizard
The first-time usage wizard walks you through configuring your SolarWinds Orion installation and the Patch Manager installation. It helps you set up the database, website, server role, WSUS, credentials, etc.
In the configuration phase, you can configure selected clients for which you would like to test the patch update. The Configuration process uses WMI providers to configure clients for receiving 3rd party updates from typically local WSUS server.
Once the configuration phase is complete, the user can select the patches for installation. Then, the applicable patches are detected and downloaded by the wizard from the set of pre-tested patch packages within the SolarWinds server and published on the WSUS servers.
Agent-based Patch Deployment
Lastly, Patch Manager 2.0 introduces an optional agent that runs as a stand-alone service on a Patch Manager client device. It allows the agent as an active running service to query WMI providers locally.
At SolarWinds, we are open to your ideas and encourage you to share with us on the thwack community forum. Your input is invaluable as we continue to build upon Patch Manager’s powerful patch management capabilities.
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Here’s how you can get the new “Patch Manager 2.0”
- Customers with current maintenance: download the new version via the customer portal: http://customerportal.solarwinds.com/customerportal/
- Customers with expired maintenance can inquire about reinstating their maintenance: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Evaluators can download a 30-day trial: http://www.solarwinds.com/register/index.aspx?program=1946&c=70150000000PKvC