Use the Administration and Reporting node to select third-party updates and schedule tasks that install these updates on your managed systems.
You can schedule tasks immediately or during your non-business hours to minimize bandwidth and impact to your business systems. If you have custom packages (or Java updates with complex installation scenarios) created for your environment that require a specific pre- and post-installation environment, you can automate these patches using built-in Package Boot™ technology.
SolarWinds supports packages created and provided by SolarWinds or for packages of SolarWinds products. SolarWinds does not provide support for custom code or software packages created by third-party sources. See the Patch Manager Product Forum on THWACK for help with custom packages.
After you complete a task, you can generate a report to demonstrate patch compliance to your auditors and internal stakeholders.
The following table describes each child node in the Administration and Reporting node.
|Software Publishing||Contains a child node for each third-party update vendor you are synchronizing. This node displays all updates for the selected vendor. It also contains a Rules node that lists your software publishing rules.|
|Task History||Displays a list of past Patch Manager tasks and details about whether the task completed or failed.|
|Scheduled Tasks||Displays a list of scheduled Patch Manager tasks. Use this node to view, manage, or run previously-scheduled tasks.|
|Active Tasks||Displays the progress of all active Patch Manager tasks.|
View, run, manage, and create pre-configured and custom reports. This node contains a child node that stores WSUS, configuration management, and task history reports.
This node also contains a child node that stores the WSUS, configuration management, and task history reports.