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The installed operating system is a native attribute provided by the WSUS server, listed in the "Operating System" column of any WSUS Target Group display.
Inventory of installed software is a feature provided by Patch Manager and can be obtained in two different manners:
- Using the Windows Update Agent's built-in Inventory capability via the WSUS server
- Using direct connections from Patch Manager via Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) (or via optional Agent)
Information on Inventory and Reporting capabilities in Patch Manager is available in the Administrator Guide at
The report for installed software via WSUS/WUAgent is named WSUS Inventory - Programs and Features and is found in the "Windows Server Update Services" report collection.
The report for installed software via WMI is named Installed Programs and Features Basic and is found in the "Installed Programs and Features" report collection.