Release date: November 5, 2019
Last updated: April 16, 2020
These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in Patch Manager 2019.4. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.
If you are looking for previous Patch Manager release notes, see the Previous Version documentation.
New features and improvements
Patch Manager 2019.4 offers new features and improvements compared to previous releases of Patch Manager.
Patch Manager Web Console added to the Orion Installer
Beginning with Orion Platform 2019.4, you can install the Patch Manager Web Console along with your Orion Platform products using the Orion Platform Installer. The web console provides a dashboard view of your current Patch Manager deployment in the Orion Web Console, allowing you to view your Patch Manager and Orion deployments in one location.
The installer includes an integration module and additional Orion services. These software components link your Patch Manager server database with the Orion server. After you complete the installation, open the Orion Web Console and click My Dashboards > Patches > Patch Summary to view your Patch Manager deployment.
The Patch Manager Web Console requires Orion Platform 2019.4. When you run the Orion Platform Installer and select Patch Manager Web Console, all Orion products running a previous version will be selected and updated automatically.
New Lenovo third party catalog
The SolarWinds Third Party Updates Pack site now includes a Lenovo third party catalog. If you are managing Lenovo systems in your deployment, run the Third Party Updates Configuration Wizard, add the Lenovo catalog, and synchronize your Patch Manager server with the Third Party Updates Pack site. When you are finished, upload your selected Lenovo system updates to the WSUS server, and then push the updates to your managed Lenovo systems.
Changes to system requirements
This release adds support for the following platforms:
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8
- Microsoft SQL Server 2016 SP2
- Microsoft SQL Server Express 2017
- Microsoft SQL Server 2019
- Microsoft SCCM 1902
- Microsoft SCCM 1906
- Microsoft SCCM 1910
- Microsoft Windows Server 2019
This release removes support for the following platforms:
- Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 (Patch Manager server)
New customer installation
To install Patch Manager on a dedicated server running a supported Microsoft Windows Server operating system, use the Patch Manager 2019.4 Installer.
To integrate Patch Manager 2019.4 with the Orion Platform, use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to install the Patch Manager Integration Module. This module includes the Patch Manager Web Console and all required Orion services. After you run the installer, log in to the Orion Web Console and click My Dashboards > Patches to access the Patch Manager Web Console.
To download both installers, log in to the SolarWinds Customer Portal, select Downloads > Download Product, and choose the Patch Manager product and license.
Generating the WSUS self-signed publishing certificate
Beginning with Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) no longer issues self-signed certificates for signing packages. When you run the Server Publishing Setup Wizard and generate the WSUS self-signed publishing certificate for the Patch Manager server certificate store, be sure to select the checkbox for adding a registry key for WSUS to generate a WSUS self-signed certificate.
Before you upgrade!
If you are upgrading from a previous version, do the following:
- Make sure your server complies with the Patch Manager 2019.4 system requirements.
- Back up any custom code, such as changed SolarWinds .css files or added .js files. These files my be overwritten with the upgrade. Learn more.
How to upgrade
If you are upgrading the Patch Manager application, use the Patch Manager Installer. See the Patch Manager Installation and Upgrade Guide for instructions. This guide includes detailed information to help you plan, complete, and troubleshoot your upgrade.
If you are upgrading the Patch Manager Web Console on the Orion server to version 2019.4, use the SolarWinds Orion Installer. Using this installer, you can upgrade the Patch Manager Web Console and your Orion Platform products in one session. See the Orion Platform Products Installation and Upgrade Guide for instructions.
Patch Manager 2019.4 fixes the following issues.
|Patch Manager no longer generates errors when you log in to the Patch Manager Administrator Console.|
|Scheduled tasks no longer time out when they are executed.|
|Third-party product libraries no longer contain an ampersand ( & ) in the product title.|
|Upgrading managed systems from Windows 10 version 1803 to version 1809 no longer generates an error.|
|Widgets in the Patch Manager Summary view no longer display error messages when you maximize a resource.|
|00323071, 00351821 / The Automation Server does not execute tasks for the WSUS server|
|Issue: The WSUS server does not implement the correct routing rules to the Automation Server.|
Resolution/Work-around: Not at this time.
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