Update the Windows Update Local Policy on remote systems

When your managed systems are not governed by a Group Policy (GPO), you can configure your Windows Update local policy to access the WSUS server and download the required updates. This procedure is also helpful for managed systems outside of an Active Directory environment.

This configuration requires WMI connectivity with the remote systems. See Manage client WMI connectivity for details about enabling WMI connectivity between the Patch Manager server and remote systems.

See the WSUS Deployment Guide located on the Microsoft Docs website for additional information about deploying updates using WSUS.

  1. Log in to the SolarWinds Patch Manager Admin console as an administrator.
  2. In the navigation pane, locate and select a system that needs access to the WSUS server and third party updates.

  3. In the Actions pane, click Windows Update Local Policy Management.

    The Windows Update Local Policy Settings window displays.

  4. Enable the following settings, and then click Save:

    • Specify intranet Microsoft update service location. This setting indicates the WSUS server location.
    • Allow signed content from intranet Microsoft update service location. This setting enables the system to download third party updates.
    • (Optional) Configure Automatic Updates. This enables the system to update automatically by policy.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Complete the Task Options wizard to schedule or execute the task for one or more remote systems.

    See Task Options Wizard for details.