Check the task history

After you apply or schedule the third-party updates, check the Task History to verify that the update task completed.

  1. In the navigation pane, expand Administration and Reporting and select Task History. Patch Manager may require several minutes to populate the Task History pane.

  2. Locate the Update Management task in the Task History pane and verify that the Status is Completed.

Set up an email notification

You can set up an email notification that notifies you when a task is completed. To enable this option, configure the Application Server settings on the Patch Manager server. These settings define the email and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) server settings for email notifications sent from the Application Server.

When you are finished, send a test email to verify that the configuration settings are correct.

See Application Server Settings for a list of email configurations settings and descriptions.
  1. Gather the following information:

    • Name and email address of the user who receives task notifications
    • SMTP server hostname, port number, and password
  2. In the navigation pane, expand Patch Manager System Configuration > Patch Manager Servers and select Application Servers.

  3. Select the Application Server in the top center pane.
  4. Click the Application Server Settings tab.

  5. In the Category column, click and select Email Configuration to filter the list.

  6. Double-click Email Configuration: Sender e-mail Address.

  7. Enter the sender e-mail address included in email notifications from the Application Server, and then click OK.

    For example: danny.walker@example.com.

  8. Double-click Email Configuration: Sender e-mail Name.
  9. Enter the sender name included in the email notifications from the Application Server, and then click OK.

    For example: Danny Walker.

  10. Double-click Email Configuration: SMTP Server Name (Outgoing).
  11. Enter the SMTP server host name used when sending email notifications from the Application Server, and then click OK.

    For example, outlook.office365.com.

  12. Double-click Email Configuration: SMTP Server Port Number.
  13. Enter the SMTP port number used when sending email notifications from the Application Server, and then click OK.

    The default setting is port 25.

  14. Double-click Email Configuration: SMTP Server requires authentication.
  15. Select Enabled if the SMTP server requires authentication to send email. Otherwise, select Disabled, and then click OK.

  16. Double-click Email Configuration: SMTP Server logon user password.
  17. Enter a user password for sending email notifications from the Application Server using an authenticated mail server, and then click OK.

  18. Double-click Email Configuration: SMTP Server uses encrypted SSL connection.
  19. Select Enabled if the SMTP server uses an encrypted Secure Socket Layer (SSL) connection. Otherwise, select Disabled, and then click OK.

  20. Click Enable Configuration: SMTP Server uses encrypted TLS connection.
  21. Select Enabled if the SMTP server uses an encrypted Transport Layer Security (TLS) connection. Otherwise, select Disabled, and then click OK.

  22. Double-click Email Configuration: SMTP Server logon user name.
  23. Enter the logon user name for sending email notifications from the Application Server using an authenticated mail server, and then click OK.

    For example, danny.walker@example.com.

  24. Double-click Email Configuration: SMTP Server user logon domain.
  25. Enter the user domain used when sending email notifications from the Application role server using an authenticated mail server, and then click OK.

  26. In the lower center console, verify that your settings are correct.