Integrate Patch Manager with SCCM

You can integrate Patch Manager and SCCM in one of the following configurations:

Below is an example of the System Center Configuration Manager Console.

After you integrate Patch Manager with SCCM, communications between the SCCM console and the host server remain intact.

The Patch Manager Administrator Console communicates with the WSUS servers, while the SCCM console communicates with the WSUS servers through the SCCM server. Patch Manager does not modify the SCCM server, but integrates with the toolbar menus in the SCCM console to extend its functionality.

The following illustration shows a typical deployment for a Patch Manager and SCCM integration.

Integrate Patch Manager and SCCM after installing Patch Manager for the first time

  1. Log on to the SCCM server as an administrator.
  2. Temporarily disable any antivirus software.
  3. Download the Patch Manager package from the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
  4. Run the SolarWinds Patch Manager installer on the SCCM server.

    The installer prompts you to install any missing prerequisites.

  5. Select Patch Manager server components and Patch Manager administration console, and click Next.
  6. In the Patch Manager Setup window, click Next.
  7. If you accept the End User License Agreement, click Next.
  8. Click Next to use the default installation folder. Click Browse to choose a different folder.
  9. If you are evaluating Patch Manager, select Express Install - Recommended, and then click Next.

    This option installs the WSUS server and Microsoft SQL Server Express. Follow the onscreen instructions to finalize your evaluation installation.

    SQL Server Express has a 10 GB storage limit. To prevent the application from generating errors after several weeks of use, SolarWinds recommends installing SQL Server Express for evaluation purposes only.

    The Patch Manager Configuration Wizard installs and configures the IIS components, Microsoft Update Services, WMI Providers, Patch Manager database, and third-party catalogs. The Patch Manager configuration may require a few minutes to complete.

  10. Verify that the Run administration console after this wizard is finished checkbox is selected, and click Finish.
  11. In the Product Features Selection window, select WSUS Extension Pack and System Configuration Manager Extension Pack, and click Continue.

    Patch Manager continues with the post configuration, and launches the Patch Manager Administrator Console.

Integrate Patch Manager and SCCM when both applications are installed but not integrated

  1. Log on to the SCCM server as an administrator.
  2. Temporarily disable any antivirus software.
  3. Download the Patch Manager upgrade package from the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
  4. Run the Patch Manager upgrade package.

    The upgrade package may be the same version as your currently installed Patch Manager version. Patch Manager does not support a direct upgrade from versions earlier than 1.80. For versions earlier than 1.80, upgrade to Patch Manager 2.0 first and then upgrade to the latest Patch Manager version. Contact Technical Support for assistance.

  5. If you accept the End User License Agreement, click Next. Patch Manager upgrade installation begins.

    In the Patch Manager Updates Installation Wizard window, make sure that you can see Found the SCCM Console Director.

  6. Click Next, and then click Finish.