Product licensing

SolarWinds licenses Patch Manager according to the number of managed systems. These systems include all WSUS, SCCM, and Patch Manager servers, as well as all managed client systems.

The Primary Application Server (PAS) installed on the Patch Manager server calculates the number of managed computers using two sources:

  • Enterprise > Managed Computers node
  • Administration and Reporting: > Task History node

You can access these nodes from the Patch Manager Admin Console.

The following table lists the available license tiers.

License Supported Nodes
PM250 250
PM500 500
PM1000 1,000
PM2000 2,000
PM4000 4,000
PM8000 8,000
PM14000 14,000
PM20000 20,000
PM30000 30,000
PM40000 40,000
PM60000 60,000

For example, your Windows domain has one server running Microsoft® Windows Server® 2016 with WSUS and SolarWinds Patch Manager. There are 1,500 Windows-based nodes in the domain. In this example, the PM2000 license meets your needs.

You can purchase a SolarWinds Patch Manager license in the Customer Portal. After you complete the purchase, install Patch Manager and activate the license.

See Install an evaluation to install and evaluate the product. See License count exceeded error in Patch Manager for steps to upgrade your Patch Manager license to the next tier level.

License types

Beginning on April 21, 2020, you can purchase a perpetual license or a subscription-based (or term-based) license.

Both license types include separate terms and pricing. When either license type expires, you must renew your license to continue using the application. Subscription licenses do not affect products with perpetual licenses installed on the same server.

You can upgrade to a larger tier license to support additional nodes. Contact SolarWinds Sales for details.

The following table provides a comparison of both license types. See Flexible Licensing Options for details about subscription licensing for selected SolarWinds products.

Perpetual license Subscription license (introduced in April 2020)
You can retain ownership of the software. The license never expires. You have rights to use the software during the term of the agreement.
The license includes maintenance and support for the first year.

Subscriptions are on an annual basis. You can extend the term to three years.

Subscription licenses are billed annually, with the option for a multi-tier license paid upfront.

Typically purchased using capital expenditures (CapEx). Typically purchased using operating expenses (OpEx).