Install Patch Manager in a stand-alone deployment

These instructions describe how to install Patch Manager on a dedicated server with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) enabled in the operating system.

See the SolarWinds Patch Manager Administrator Guide for advanced deployment scenarios and instructions for integrating SolarWinds Patch Manager with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

To complete the installation:

  • Use the Local Administrator account to install the software. The domain account is subject to your domain group policies, which can block the installation tasks.
  • If you are installing Patch Manager using a remote SQL Server instance, run the installation file as an existing, fully-qualified domain account with SysAdmin rights on the SQL Server database server.

Before you begin

  1. Review the pre-flight checklist.

    This checklist helps you:

    • Verify that system requirements are met, all required software is installed, and required roles and features are enabled.
    • Gather the information required to complete the installation.
  2. Prepare the Patch Manager server to ensure it is set up and configured for a Patch Manager deployment.
  3. Select and configure the SQL database that meets your deployment requirements.

  4. Set up and configure the managed systems to receive updates from the WSUS server.
  5. Locate the database information.

    If you installed a full SQL Server version on another system, locate the following:

    • Network path to the database instance
    • SQL Server computer name hosting the Orion database
  6. Disable the antivirus software on the server.

Download the installation files and license from the Customer Portal

  1. Go to customerportal.solarwinds.com.
  2. Log in using your SWID and password.
  3. Click Downloads > Download Product.
  4. On the Product Downloads page, click the drop-down menus and select Patch Manager and the corresponding license.
  5. Under Patch Manager MMC Downloads, download the Patch Manager software.

    For a new installation, download Patch Manager Console Installer (includes SQL Express).

    To update your existing installation, download Patch Manager server and console upgrade package.

  6. Follow the prompts on the screen to complete the download.
  7. Run the installer.

    1. Double-click the installation package.
    2. Extract the contents of the downloaded installation ZIP file to your server.
    3. Double-click the installer.

      You may need to verify if the installation file is blocked. To check, right-click the file and select Properties. If required, click Unblock, and then click OK.

      The installer verifies that the required Microsoft .NET Framework version is installed on your server. If required, the installer downloads the software for you.

    4. If prompted, click Install to install Microsoft .NET Framework.

      Downloading and installing Microsoft .NET Framework can take more than 20 minutes. If your system reboots, run the installation again.

    5. Select the following options, and click Next:

      • Install the Patch Manager server components
      • Install the Patch Manager administration console
    6. If prompted, enter your email address in the SolarWinds Registration window, and then click Continue.

      This registration is for receiving product information from SolarWinds and is required to continue the SolarWinds Patch Manager installation.

      The installer extracts the files and initiates the Patch Manager Setup wizard.

      This process will take several minutes to complete.

    7. Complete the Patch Manager Setup Wizard.

Complete the Patch Manager Setup Wizard

  1. In the Welcome window, click Next.

  2. If you accept the terms of the license agreement, click Next.
  3. Accept the default destination (recommended) or select another location, and then click Next.

    The wizard installs the SolarWinds Patch Manager software in the selected location.

  4. Select a database option, and then click Next:

    • Express Install. This option installs Patch Manager, SQL Server Express, and the WSUS Server on your Patch Manager server.

    • Advanced Install. This option installs Patch Manager and requires an existing SQL Server database and WSUS Server installed on separate servers. If you do not have an existing SQL Server database to use with Patch Manager, select Express Install.
  5. Click Next to copy the program files to your system.

    This process may require several minutes to complete.

    After the setup completes, the SolarWinds Configuration wizard automatically runs.

  6. Complete the Configuration Wizard based on your database selection:

Complete the SQL Server installation

Run the SolarWinds Patch Manager Configuration Wizard for the remote SQL database server.

  1. In the Welcome window, click Next.
  2. Enter the SQL Server database settings, and then click Next.

    1. Click the SQL Server drop-down menu and select the SQL Server server hosting the SolarWinds Patch Manager database instance.

    2. Select SQL Server Authentication and complete the fields.

  3. Enter the SQL Server database settings, and click Next.

    1. Select Use an existing database.

    2. Click the drop-down arrow and select the external database.

  4. Select the SQL Server database account, and click Next.

    If you are creating a new account, select Create a new account and enter your password.

    If you are using an existing account, the accounts are pulled from the database.

  5. Verify your website settings, and click Next.

  6. If the SolarWinds directory does not exist, you are prompted to create the directory. Click Yes to continue.

  7. In the Select a Server Role window, select Primary Application Server, and click Next.

  8. Accept the default server settings, and click Next.

  9. Select I'll supply my own WSUS server, and click Next.

  10. Select the WSUS setup options, and click Next.

  11. Enter a user account and password with local admin rights to the SolarWinds Patch Manager server, and click Next.

    If the SQL server is remote, enter the user name and password for your domain account.

  12. Select the location of the SolarWinds Patch Manager database, and click Next.

  13. Select the service account to run the SolarWinds Patch Manager Service, and click Next.

    The installer checks the proxy server settings, and verifies the Internet connection.

    The Configuration Wizard lists all items that will be configured for your installation.

  14. Click Next to configure the selected items.

    This process may take several minutes to complete.

  15. In the Success screen, click Launch Patch Manager.

    The SolarWinds Patch Manager Admin Console appears.

  16. Re-enable the anti-virus software on your server.

    See the anti-virus software documentation for details.

Complete the SQL Server Express installation

Run the Configuration Wizard to complete the installation.

  1. Click Finish.

  2. In the Product Features Select window, select WSUS Extension Pack, and click Continue.

  3. Enter the local administrator credentials, and click Save.
  4. Re-enable the anti-virus software on the server.

    See the anti-virus software documentation for details.

Locate the Patch Manager database

  1. In the navigation menu, select Patch Manager System Configuration.

  2. In the Patch Manager System Tasks pane, click Database Information.

    The Database Information dialog box displays with the machine, database, and database instance names.