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Create a patch management profile

The patch profile is a collection of patch management configuration options that determine how a device interacts with Patch Manager and the Windows update server. With a profile, you can apply similar settings across devices and even across multiple customers or sites.

For more information, see Patch management profiles.

  1. Click Configuration > Patch Management.
  2. Scroll down to the Patch Profiles section.
  3. Click Manage Patch Profiles, then click Add.
  4. Complete the profile options.
    • Enable the Automatically Wake Up System for Patch Installation option to ensure that devices that are in sleep or hibernation mode can receive scheduled updates.

      Note that Wake-On-Lan must be enabled on the device by going to the advanced Power options and enabling Allow Wake Timers.Ensure the device wakes a few minutes before the maintenance window

    • If you disable the Force Missed Patch Installation on Boot option, if the patch being installed requires a reboot to complete, it will do so rather than follow any reboot windows. For example, with certain Windows updates. For more information, see the Support Knowledge Base article Device Rebooting Outside of Patch Maintenance Window.
  5. Click Save.

The new profile will be available to apply to a device and when creating a patch rule.

For Windows Update Access, select Restricted access if you are using a typical weekly patch schedule. It will briefly open access to Windows Update for Administrators and Applications while SolarWinds N-central performs patch related tasks such as installs, new patch detections and daily asset scans. Access will last between five minutes and an hour or more depending on the activity being performed.

SolarWinds MSP recommends that you schedule patch activity outside of customer core hours as much as possible to avoid this situation.