Release date: August 25, 2020
These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in Patch Manager 2020.2.1. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.
If you are looking for previous release notes for Patch Manager, see the Previous Version documentation.
New features and improvements
Patch Manager 2020.2.1 offers new features and improvements compared to previous releases of Patch Manager.
New post-update management shutdown option
The Update Management Wizard now includes a post-update management option that allows you to prevent all updated computers from restarting for a specific amount of time. This provides a grace period for users to complete their critical tasks and log out before their computers restart and apply the updates.
The grace period is set to 15 minutes by default. The maximum value is 1440 minutes (24 hours).
New Computer Update Status By Group report
This report describes the update completion status of all computers in a WSUS group. The update status is based on a selected time and date range.
You can access the report in the Patch Manager Web Console at Administration and Reporting > Reporting > WSUS Reports > Windows Server Update Services Analytics.
This release includes updates and bug fixes that improve the product stability and functionality.
New customer installation
To install Patch Manager on a dedicated server running a supported Microsoft Windows Server operating system, use the Patch Manager 2020.2.1 Installer.
To integrate Patch Manager 2020.2.1 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 > Patch Summary 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.
Before you upgrade!
If you are upgrading from a previous version, do the following:
- Make sure your server complies with the Patch Manager 2020.2.1 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 2020.2, 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 2020.2.1 fixes the following issues.
The WSUS routing rules now run correctly on the Automation server.
WSUS routing rules must include a task that generates a WSUS inventory.
|Scheduled monthly tasks with an N-day offset now run at the appointed time.|
|N/A||A folder permissions error no longer displays during the installation procedure.|
End of life
|Version||EoL Announcement||EoE Effective Date||EoL Effective Date|
|2.1||June 4, 2020: End-of-Life (EOL) announcement: Customers on Patch Manager 2.1 should begin transitioning to the latest version of Patch Manager.||December 4, 2020: End-of-Engineering (EoE): Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for Patch Manager version 2.1 will no longer actively be supported by SolarWinds.||June 4, 2021: End-of-Life (EoL): SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for Patch Manager 2.1.|
See the End of Life Policy for information about SolarWinds product lifecycle phases. For supported versions and EoL announcements for all SolarWinds products, see Currently supported software versions.
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