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    Following is an overview of how to use Patch Manager in a secure environment. A few extra steps are required because of a limited internet connectivity, but it’s not difficult to leverage Patch Manager to automate patching and address software vulnerabilities on secure networks.


    The process starts on the public / non-secure network-

    • Use SolarWinds Patch Manger Server to:
    • Download Patch Catalog from SolarWinds
    • Download Update files from vendors via Patch Manager Console
    • Create any custom patches
    • Export metadata (vul. info/patch file) to .cab files(s) - this contains all the 3rd party patch information
    • Note: If managing Windows Updates on the public network, it is recommended that users publish updates to the WSUS Server


    1. Users can export the entire catalog or updates for a single vendor


    2. The .cab file(s) is written to a user-specified directory



    Continue to use SCCM/WSUS or stand-alone WSUS Server to:

    • Download Windows Updates from Microsoft
    • Use MS Processes to export MS update information


    The process continues on the private / secure network-

    Use the Patch Manger Server to:

    • Import .cab file(s)
    • Publish updates to the WSUS Server
    • Now you can manage updates and machines the way you normally would


    3. Move the .cab file(s) to the secure network


    4. Import the .cab file(s)


    Continue to use SCCM/WSUS or stand-alone WSUS Server to:

    • Use MS Processes to import MS update information


    For more details on how to leverage SolarWinds Patch Manager in a secure environment, please contact your Sales Representative and arrange a call with a Sales En