Patch Manager 2020.2 Release Notes

Release date: June 4, 2020

These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in Patch Manager 2020.2. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.

If you are looking for previous release notes for Patch Manager, see Previous Version documentation.

New features and improvements

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Patch Manager 2020.2 offers new features and improvements compared to previous releases of Patch Manager.

Streamlined web console installation for production environments

You can now configure the Patch Manager Web Console settings in the Orion Installer for a production environment. When you select Standard Installation and complete the Orion Configuration Wizard, the Web Reports user and Patch Manager database connection are automatically configured for you, requiring no additional setup.

Before you run the Orion Installer, use the Microsoft SQL Server Configuration Manager to enable the Named Pipes and TCP/IP protocols for the SQL Server network configuration. Web Reports require these protocols enabled on the SQL Server instance where the EminentWare database is located. See the SQL Server Configuration Manager documentation on the Microsoft Docs website for instructions.

Improved Patch Manager Web Console performance

This release includes Patch Manager Web Console updates that improve the graphics rendering and data collection performance displayed on the Patch Manager Summary page.

You can access the Patch Manager Summary page from within the Orion Web Console by clicking My Dashboard > Patches > Patch Summary.

Updated computer group task scheduling

Scheduled tasks now support Patch Manager dynamic computer groups. When you add or remove a client computer from one of these groups, the computer is automatically added or removed from the scheduled task.

Silent Mode installation support

You can now install the Patch Manager Web Console on the Orion server by running the Orion Installer in Silent Mode. This process allows you to install the console without displaying the Orion Installer user interface.

Internal improvements

This release includes additional updates that improve the product stability and functionality.

Changes to system requirements

This release adds support for the following platforms: 

  • Microsoft SCCM 1910

New customer installation

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To install Patch Manager on a dedicated server running a supported Microsoft Windows Server operating system, use the Patch Manager 2020.2 Installer.

To integrate Patch Manager 2020.2 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.

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 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.


Fixed issues

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Patch Manager 2020.2 fixes the following issues.

Case Number Description

00379923

All scheduled tasks now run as configured based on the target date.

00012645

00324924

00430044

00457755

The Patch Manager Agent 2.1.5 no longer uses an IPv6 IP address by default to connect to a managed remote system.

00191381

You can now execute a script with the USOClient.exe StartScan command to run a report on systems running Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10. The reportnow command is deprecated for these operating systems.

00279173

Failed tasks that do not include PowerShell scripts now display in Task History with the correct status.

00372188

The process of establishing a connection from the Information Service to the Patch Manager database is fixed.

00398407

The Patch Manager MMC Console now displays the correct available Patch Manager version when you click Check for Updates.

00410258

00419466

Patch Manager can now run more than eight tasks at the same time.

To adjust this setting for the Application Server:

  1. Log in to the Patch Manager MMC Console as an Administrator.
  2. Expand Patch Manager System Configuration > Patch Manager Server and select Application Servers.
  3. Select an Application Server, and then click the Application Server Settings tab.
  4. Double-click Maximum concurrent executing schedule tasks.
  5. Select a new value, and click OK.

00429759

00434368

Patch Manager Updater no longer displays an error when you install Microsoft .NET 4.8 without an internet connection.

00459024

00459242

00460118

00460368

A Duplicated Keys error no longer displays when you download and synchronize the third party updates catalog.

00325412

00471674

Rescheduled tasks configured in Run Once mode now execute as scheduled.

00491074

A misspelling in a Patch Manager web report is resolved.

End of life

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Version EoL Announcement EoE Effective Date EoL Effective Date

1.8

1.85

2.0

March 14, 2017: End-of-Life (EOL) announcement:
Customers on Patch Manager 1.8, 1.85, and 2.0 should begin transitioning to the latest version of Patch Manager.
September 14, 2017: End-of-Engineering (EoE):
Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for Patch Manager version 1.8, 1.85, and 2.0 will no longer actively be supported by SolarWinds.
March 14, 2018: End-of-Life (EoL):
SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for Patch Manager 1.8, 1.85, and 2.0.
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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