Patch Manager Automated Patching of Microsoft® & 3rd-Party Apps

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  • Reduce time from weeks to minutes for patching physical & virtual Windows® desktops & servers with pre-built, tested patches from vendors such as Adobe®, Apple®, Google®, Mozilla®, Oracle® & others
  • Decrease security risks & service performance degradation by controlling when & where patches are applied
  • Pass audits and demonstrate compliance with out-of-the-box reports and dashboard views
  • Extend your WSUS or SCCM patch management environment to apply common 3rd-party patches for Adobe®, Apple®, Google®, Mozilla®, and Oracle® Java™ management solution
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Guided Tour

This video provides a guided tour of all the key features for patching Microsoft & 3rd party apps and reporting on patch compliance. This demo showcases how to do view the current state of the selected systems using the Update Details tab, create a WSUS inventory task, use
the Update Approvals tab, use the Update Management Wizard and demonstrates how to customize reports.

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Patch Management Software

SolarWinds’ patch management software is an affordable, easy to use tool for third-party patch management across tens of thousands of servers and workstations. SolarWinds’ patch management software lets you leverage and extend the capabilities of Microsoft® WSUS and SCCM to report, deploy, and manage Microsoft and third-party patches.

Top 7 Reasons to Use SolarWinds’ Patch Management Software

  • Automated 3rd Party Patching and Publishing

    Automated 3rd Party Patching and Publishing

    Patch Manager offers automated third party patching and publishing. This feature saves administrators time by automating the publishing of 3rd party updates to WSUS.

    Automation reduces the number of touches and time required to publish 3rd party updates by allowing the local Microsoft WSUS server to download 3rd party patch content on a scheduled basis and automatically publish. This operates the same way Microsoft® updates distribution points. You can also specify to automatically approve certain patches based on criteria (typically severity) and scope. With this feature, you can set a time to publish as a scheduled task or auto-publish after every synchronization. You can also send email notifications when these automated patches are published and approved.

    Learn More about Automated 3rd Party Patching »
  • Pre-Tested, Pre-Built Packages for Common Apps

    View of a pre-built package that comes with SolarWinds' patch management system

    SolarWinds builds, tests and automatically delivers packages for common third-party applications which can then be quickly and easily deployed using Microsoft WSUS or Microsoft SCCM.

    • SolarWinds researches, scripts, packages, and tests patches for common third-party applications so that you don’t have to
    • Automatically delivers ready-to-deploy patches within the Patch Manager console

    If you use Microsoft WSUS or SCCM, you may have Microsoft patch management under control. But are you still faced with the expensive, time-consuming, and never-ending challenge of maintaining patches for third-party applications; patches that WSUS and SCCM do not support?

    With SolarWinds Patch Manager, you no longer have to spend hours and hours of time researching, scripting, packaging, and testing patches for common third-party applications. SolarWinds will do all of the research, scripting, packaging, and even much of the testing for common third-party applications. Then, you’ll automatically receive our pre-built, tested, and ready-to-deploy patches in your SolarWinds Patch Manager console. These patches can be easily, or even automatically, synchronized with your WSUS server. Simply deploy to one or all servers and workstations using WSUS; right along with your Microsoft patches. We’ll even notify you via email or alert when new patches become available.

    We cover many of the most common third-party applications including Adobe Flash, Apple iTunes, Mozilla Firefox, Oracle Java and many more.

    View Supported Applications and Servers »

    Learn More about Common App Packages »
  • Direct Integration with System Center Configuration Manager

    View of patch management software's ability to integrate with SCCM

    Extend your Microsoft SCCM deployment with pre-tested, pre-built 3rd party updates and provides many time-saving management features to help you get more out of your Configuration Manager investment with SolarWinds’ patch software.

    • Extend SCCM to easily patch common 3rd party applications with pre-tested, pre-packaged 3rd party updates
    • Get an in-depth view of the health and status of endpoints throughout your environment

    With SolarWinds Patch Manager’s direct integration to the Microsoft SCCM 2012 and 2007 console, administrators can view details on 3rd party application patches and the status of updates for all endpoints managed by SCCM.

    Get easy access to real-time management data with summaries, statistics, and more. With Patch Manager, you can easily resolve client issues with enhanced collection views and detailed views of client health information. You can also quickly determine what is and is not installed with easy "one-click access" to critical management information such as:

    • Computer information
    • Collection memberships
    • Software updates
    • Software update deployments
    • Advertisements
    • Status message

    Schedule or take immediate "one-click actions" on any Configuration Manager Client such as:

    • Software and hardware inventory
    • Software update scans and deployments
    • Policy evaluations and discovery cycles
    • Advertised program execution
    • Log file views

    You can also get real-time software update management control with immediate scans and installs with no remote desktop required.

    Learn More about SCCM Integration »
  • Extended Power of Microsoft WSUS

    View of patch management system working with Microsoft WSUS

    SolarWinds’ patch management software works with and extends Microsoft WSUS to give you more control and power over the patch management process with dynamic patch management, immediate updates, scheduled reboots, easy reporting, full asset inventory, and more.

    • Works with and extends the capabilities of Microsoft WSUS
    • Simplifies time-consuming patch management tasks

    SolarWinds Patch Manager adds key functionality to Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) that helps you:

    • Gain total control and flexibility over when and which desktops, servers, and laptops get patched and rebooted
    • Ensure that servers are patched and running within tight maintenance windows
    • Use “Wizard-driven” update management to get multiple servers and desktops into compliance quickly
    • Schedule updates to occur when convenient, including monthly, specific days, or calendar events
    • Force real-time download and install of updates from the Windows Update Server
    • Dynamically choose computers to be updated based on Active Directory Domain, Organizational Unit membership, WSUS computer group membership, computer role, computer last contact time, and more
    • Quickly choose which patches to implement based on date released or other criteria
    • View and manage computer configurations in real-time without impacting end-users
    • Use advanced shutdown, reboot, and wake-on-LAN capabilities
    • Force refresh of Group Policy on machines
    • Diagnose, repair and force re-install of the Windows Update Agent
    • Organize machines into flexible groups for easier management – including WSUS computers and groups
    • Use detailed approval delegation to request approvals from specific IT administrators and get required approval to more quickly implement approved updates
    • Quickly determine the status of every update, on every machine, from a central point of control; find missing updates; and determine which systems need a patch or software
    • Enable enterprise inventory data collection and discovery of 200+ system details including services, device drivers, registry entries, users, groups, files, and more
    • Discover rogue, unauthorized, or improperly configured machines, domains and workgroups
    • Trap high-occurence errors and provide known remediations
    Learn More about the Power of WSUS »
  • Custom Package Wizard

    Screenshot of SolarWinds' patch software building custom packages for applications

    The Custom Package Wizard in SolarWinds’ patch management software gives you an easy way to build custom packages for any application, without the use of SCUP or complicated scripting. Then, using SolarWinds Patch Manager, you can deploy any MSI, MSP or EXE via Microsoft WSUS or SCCM.

    • Simplifies patching of custom software and other applications
    • Easily create custom packages – Microsoft SCUP and complicated scripting not required
    • Supports deployment of any MSI, EXE, or MSP through WSUS or Configuration Manager

    The SolarWinds Patch Manager "Package Creation Wizard" provides a convenient and easy-to-use solution for deploying or patching proprietary software or software that is not covered by SolarWinds.

    Learn More about Custom Packages »
  • Intuitive Patch Status Dashboard

    Screenshot of SolarWinds' patch management softwares intuitive dashboards

    At-a-glance patch status visibility through intuitive Web-based dashboards with SolarWinds’ patch management tools. You can view the latest available patches, top 10 missing patches in your environment, and general health overview of your environment based on which patches have been applied.

    • Quickly determine whether performance problems are caused by an unpatched application (or a recently patched application)
    • Apply patches to the most vulnerable systems that are and view patches available by severity & the top 10 most vulnerable machines
    • Identify update trends over time by severity
    • Visualize missing or recently patched applications in your node view

    Are you trying to determine whether a server, application, or network issue is caused by a known vulnerability or bug that has yet to be patched? With SolarWinds Patch Manager, now you can!

    Patch Manager provides an easy-to-use dashboard for at-a-glance visibility into the patching status of your computers. You can quickly see which servers and workstations are up-to-date, out-of-date, or have patching errors. And, with the click-of-a-button, you can drill down further to see the top missing updates for a computer, whether any updates are pending a reboot, and any updates that have failed.

    Patch Manager can also help you troubleshoot network problems like unwanted traffic, which can be a sign of an unpatched vulnerability. For instance, a malware infestation could lead to a traffic spike that impacts network availability for legitimate applications. With Patch Manager, you can quickly drill down to the node to see if a vulnerable application patch needs to be applied.

    Plus, Patch Manager integrates with the same Orion interface used by SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor and Network Performance Monitor for easy cross-function navigation.

    Learn More about Patch Management Dashboards »
  • Patch Compliance Reporting

    View of patch management compliance reporting

    SolarWinds’ patch management tool provides you with the easy-to-use and powerful reporting options so that you can easily determine the status of patches and demonstrate to auditors that systems are patched and compliant – or find those that are not.

    • Gives you visibility into patch compliance and status with an extensive collection of easy-to-use, built-in reports
    • Simplifies building of custom patch management reports – no Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services required

    When managing hundreds of patches across many workstations and servers, sometimes the simplest questions can be complex to answer. With the easy-to-use reporting options provided by SolarWinds Patch Manager, you can easily determine the status of patch vulnerability throughout your environment and reliably demonstrate to auditors and IT teams that all systems are patched and compliant (or easily find those that are not).

    For example, Patch Manager reports can help you answer these basic patch management questions in just a few simple steps with no SQL Server Reporting Services required:

    • What is the status of the security and critical updates that were recently released by Microsoft®?
    • What is the status of the recent security and critical updates released on “this date” for Adobe® Reader® and Mozilla® Firefox®?
    • What is the status of anti-virus definitions being updated? Is the anti-virus solution installed?
    • What are the security-related Group Policy Settings and how are they configured enterprise-wide?

    With SolarWinds Patch Manager, you can:

    • Easily create patch compliance reports with an extensive collection of built-in reports
    • Create your own reports with a user-friendly custom report builder
    • Get great depth and breadth in reporting for more effective update approvals and report targeting
    • Use “all-in-one reporting” functionality to view multiple layers of update management information in a single report
    • Execute reports immediately or on a schedule
    • Configure report export formats and set automatic email notification
    Learn More about Patch Reporting »
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System Requirements - One Software Fits All

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Requirements

Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2 or higher with Microsoft KB2734608 installed; Windows Server Update Services 6.0 installed on Windows Server 2012

We also support WSUS 6.2 on Win2012 and WSUS 6.3 on Win2012R2.


2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (Intel) or better (x86, x64, or AMD64 – dual or quad core recommended)

Management Console

Install the SolarWinds Patch Manager server on a 32- or 64-bit computer running any of the following operating systems:

- Windows Server 2003 SP2 and 2003 R2 SP2 (32-bit & 64-bit)
- Windows Server 2008 SP2, 2008 R2 and 2008 R2 SP1
- Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2

Evaluation (Eval) version is supported on:

Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate SP2
Windows 7 Professional (SP1) , Enterprise, or Ultimate
Windows 8, Windows 8.1


4GB or more

Managed Computers

Operating System

Windows XP Professional SP2
Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate
Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate
Windows 8, Windows 8.1
Windows Server 2003 SP1
Windows Server 2003 R2 SP1
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2

Hard Drive

10GB free disk space is recommended

System Center Configuration Manager

Patch Manager supports SCCM (ConfigMgr) servers running the following versions:

SCCM 2007
SCCM 2012
SCCM 2012 SP1
SCCM 2012 R2


Patch Manager is compatible with Microsoft SQL Server instances running SQL Server 2005, 2008 (including R2) and 2012 Express, Standard or Enterprise Editions.

SQL Server 2005 SP4
SQL Server 2008 SP3
SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2
SQL Server 2012, 2012 R2

NOTE:The minimum server requirements listed assume default configuration. Significantly increasing the poll rate or statistic collection rate could result in additional load on the server, which may require a larger CPU or additional memory.

Must-Have Features of Patch Manager

  • Advanced Before-and-After Package Deployment Actions

    View of patch management software's before and after package deployment scenarios

    SolarWinds Patch Manager’s PackageBoot™ allows you to create advanced before and after package deployment scenarios to ensure that even the most complicated patches (such as Oracle Java) get deployed successfully – without complicated scripting.

    • Ensures that even the most complex patches get deployed correctly every time
    • Enables you to easily automate pre- and/or post-deployment actions - no complicated scripting required

    Patch Manager’s PackageBoot™ technology guides you through the process of creating advanced before and after patch deployment packages or scenarios – allowing you to ensure that even the most complicated patches – such as Oracle Java Runtime Environment (Oracle JRE) - get deployed successfully.

    With PackageBoot, you can easily build and designate specific actions to occur before or after package deployment to ensure that your patches get deployed correctly every time. Unlike other solutions, PackageBoot allows you to create an unlimited number of before and after patch deployment actions.

    For example, when deploying packages, PackageBoot allows you to easily perform these pre and/or post deployment actions or create your own actions:

    • Stop and start services
    • Bundle multiple MSI, MSP, or EXE files in a package
    • Run uninstalls or custom scripts
    • Close applications that are in use that may prevent successful patching
    Learn More about Package Deployment »
  • Agentless Scalable Architecture

    Screenshot of patch software's scalable architecture

    SolarWinds Patch Manager offers an agentless, scalable architecture and is fast and easy to install. Patch Manager’s intelligent configuration wizard guides you step-by-step through the process of installing and preparing to patch every workstation or server in your environment.

    • Agentless architecture speeds deployment
    • Leverages your existing technology – no long learning curve
    • Scales to meet the needs of companies of all sizes

    Unlike other patch management solutions, SolarWinds Patch Manager leverages and extends your existing technology – Microsoft WSUS or SCCM – making the product very familiar and easy-to-use.

    SolarWinds Patch Manager offers an agentless, scalable architecture that is fast and easy to install and is scalable to meet the needs of small, centralized companies or large, worldwide organizations with distributed systems. Regardless of the size or your organization, Patch Manager’s intelligent configuration wizard guides you step-by-step through the process of installing and preparing to patch every workstation or server in your environment.

    The SolarWinds Patch Manager architecture is flexibly designed to work in many types of IT shops. Components include:

    • DataGrid Server: can be installed as a single- system/multi-role server, or in a distributed environment should be set up as multiple single-role or multi-role servers
    • Database Server: can be installed on the same system as the DataGrid Server, or can be implemented as a standalone database server
    • Administration Console: an MMC 3.0 based snap-in, deployed on the DataGrid Server, or on one or more remote administration workstations
    • WMI Provider: provisioned on each managed system in the enterprise, which provides advanced inventory data and system management functionality

    Three Control Roles

    • Application Server Role: interfaces with the MMC-based Administration Console and manages all of the data communication between the Patch Manager console and the environment
    • Management Server Role: gathers and maintains of all inventory and discovery data
    • Automation Server Role: works directly with and manages the local Patch Manager worker processes which perform the inventory & configuration management tasks on the servers and workstations
    Learn More about Scalable Architecture »
  • Physical and Virtual Machine Patching

    View of patch software's ability to manage patches on virtual desktops and servers

    SolarWinds’ patch management software makes it easier to manage patches on virtual desktops and servers with the ability to patch offline machines, organize virtual machines into groups, and inventory virtual machines enterprise-wide.

    • Simplifies patch management across your physical and virtual infrastructure
    • Enables patching of offline physical and virtual machines

    SolarWinds Patch Manager simplifies patch management and reporting for both Microsoft and third-party applications across tens of thousands of servers and virtual desktops enterprise-wide.

    • Keep desktops and servers updated and more secure with easy patching of both Microsoft and non-Microsoft applications on physical and virtual machines
    • Easily create patch management reports to determine the status of all patches on all virtual desktops and servers
    • Use Wake-On-LAN to patch virtual and physical machines that are offline
    • Organize virtual machines into logical groups within Patch Manager for easier patching and management
    • Take an enterprise-wide inventory of all virtual desktops and servers to create a virtual (and physical) asset list
    Learn More about Patching »
  • Simplified Patch Management

    View of SolarWinds' patch management tool simplifying the patch management process

    SolarWinds Patch Manager simplifies many of the steps in the patch management process – from research, to scheduling, to deployment, to reporting and more - saving you hours of time and making it easier to keep hundreds or hundreds of thousands of servers and workstations patched and compliant.

    • Simplifies the patch management process on servers and workstations
    • Helps ensure compliance through automated patching and reporting
    • Save hours of time

    Here are a few ways that SolarWinds Patch Manager can simplify the patch management process on servers and workstations:

    • Eliminates the need to manually research and watch third-party application vendors’ website for patch updates
    • Notifies you when new patches are released and can be set to automatically deliver ready-to-deploy packages via your Patch Manager console
    • Makes it easy to schedule patch deployments and reboots on the machines you wish to patch, and with only the patches you wish to implement
    • Automates compliance reporting - schedule patch management or status report to run when you need them and email the results
    • Supports creation of logical computer groups so that you can implement updates on specific machines based on specific criteria
    Learn More Easy Patch Management »
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Third-Party Applications Supported by SolarWinds Patch Manager

SolarWinds Patch Manager provides patches for many common third-party applications which can be automatically synchronized into your Microsoft WSUS console. Patch Manager also gives you the ability to build custom packages for any application that you wish – no Microsoft SCUP required. Using the Patch Manager Package Wizard, you can create and then deploy any MSI, MSP or EXE via Microsoft WSUS or SCCM.

Ready-to-Deploy Patches Provided by SolarWinds

Compatible Vendor-Managed Patch Catalogs

SolarWinds Patch Manager also provides automated synchronizations with these third-party vendor-managed patch catalogs:

  • Adobe Systems Inc. Reader 10 Catalog
  • Adobe Systems Inc. Acrobat 10 Catalog
  • Dell® Client Updates Catalog
  • Dell Server Updates Catalog
  • Hewlett-Packard® Client Updates Catalog
  • Hewlett-Packard Server Updates Catalog


  • Live Demo: Patch Manager

    Take our demo for a test drive and see how SolarWinds Patch Manager automates patching of servers and third-party applications and extends the functionality of Microsoft WSUS and SCCM.


  • SolarWinds Patch Manager Datasheet

    SolarWinds Patch Manager makes it easy to perform third-party patch management across tens of thousands of servers and workstations and enables you to leverage and exend the capabilities of Microsoft WSUS of SCCM to report, deploy and manage third-party patches as well as Microsoft patches.


  • Patch Management: Introduction to SolarWinds Patch Manager

    Check out this short video to see how you can get alerted when common 3rd party application updates are available, report on patch status and compliance, create custom application packages, and add complex before and after patch scenarios to updates like Java™.

  • Patching Java: Prevent Failed Java Updates

    This demo will show how Patch Manager can quickly deploy pre-packaged 3rd party application patches such as Java, Adobe, ect. Deploy complicated patches that require advanced before and after patch deployment scenarios and create custom packages with Patch Manager.


Case Studies


Product Guides

  • Quick Start Guide for SolarWinds Patch Manager

    The guide is targeted towards administrators who are installing and configuring the product for the first time, and are trying to get the product up and running as quickly as possible (perhaps to evaluate the free 30-day trial).

Product FAQ

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Version History

v 2.1
SolarWinds Patch Manager v2.1 delivers automated publishing of 3rd party updates, new & updated reports, extended grouping options, and support for Windows® 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1
  • Automatic publishing and approving of 3rd party patches
  • New and updated reports, including: compliance reports, hardware and software inventory, WSUS update status, local computer update status, and more
  • More powerful grouping options—specify by subnet, AD Organizational Units (OU), or AD Sites
  • Support for Windows 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1
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v 2.0
SolarWinds Patch Manager v2.0 provides key enhancements to the end user experience, along with simplified installation and deployment options.
  • Improved Installer
    • One installer to install and upgrade everything as needed
    • Provides an Express (automatic) and Advanced (manual config) option
  • Pre-Installation Wizard
    • Guides you through pre-requisites for setting up and deploying Patch Manager
    • Detects existing/missing components and installs all the necessary components (SCCM/WSUS extensions)
  • First Time Usage Wizard
    • Walks you through configuring SolarWinds Orion installation and the Patch Manager installation
    • Set up database, website, server role, WSUS, credentials, etc.
  • Optional Patch Manager Agent
    • Runs as a standalone service on a Patch Manager client device
    • Allows agent as an active running service to query WMI Providers locally (no opened/configured WMI connection)
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v 1.8
SolarWinds Patch Manager v1.8 provides the following notable enhancements. See the release notes for a comprehensive list.
  • Orion Integration. Now in your Orion console, you'll be able to view important patch management data alongside other SolarWinds products in the integrated Web console.You'll be able to see information like the latest available patches, top 10 missing patches in your environment, and general health overview of your environment based on which patches have been applied.
  • Integration with System Center Configuration Manager 2012.Today, Patch Manager is integrated with System Center Configuration Manager 2007.
  • Improved Configuration. This release automatically installs WMI providers on Patch Manager servers, automatically launches wizards to setup 3rd party updating, and provides remediation suggestions for commonly encountered WSUS errors.
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v 1.7
SolarWinds Patch Manager v1.7 delivers more powerful third-party patch management and scheduling and WSUS management options along with the easy setup, licensing, and deployment capabilities that you have come to expect from SolarWinds.


  • Remote SQL support
  • Computer Access Management - add enabling of MSI logging

WSUS Configuration Features

  • You can now update WSUS Source and Proxy Server
  • Synchronization Settings
  • Products and Classifications
  • Configure WSUS Server Options
  • Update Files and Languages
  • Synchronization Status on Update Server View

Update Management Wizard

  • Pre-Install WOL action
  • Pre-Install Grace Period
  • Post Install Grace Period
  • Checks based on sync requested and every 5 minutes
  • The Update Management Wizard can now be stopped


  • Maintenance Windows on select computer in collection computers view
  • Maintenance Windows on Collections View
  • Create EminentWare Computer Group from SCCM Collection View selected computers


  • Added day of month with offset
  • Added Hourly
  • Added ability to save schedule to rerun later


  • Added simplified and searchable view of fields for data source with selection capability for report builder


  • Version History is now available for third-party Packages
  • Check Publication Status on 3PUP packages against WSUS/SCCM SUP servers
  • Additional fields including arrival time and last modified time in packages view


  • Management Group View
  • Routing Rules
  • Added automation servers forrule
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To see a complete version history for SolarWinds Patch Manager, please visit our release notes.
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