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Patch Manager isn't really a solution for talking to client machines that are off the network. It's assumed that there will be network connectivity to the clients whether via WMI or the Agent. The only real work around for this is going to be using a VPN to have those machines phone home. Additionally to Inventory you won't be able to do any Third Party patching or remote management for a client if it's not on your network in some fashion.
Hi, I appreciate that but on a dynamic network (with things like Cisco ISE and roaming clients) initiating serve based polling using the WMI providers just doesn't work as it misses too many systems. ideally I was hoping the product had the following capabilities:
- Install agent at client
- Assign inventory policy to client with schedule
- When agent contacts PAS it downloads schedule and runs locally
- When connected back to network it uploads results
But it seems like the agent simply useful when you need a different port to be used rather than WMI ports?
Pretty much. It wouldn't be bad to put in a feature request, but otherwise what you're asking about is not currently possible in my experience.