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Patch management profiles

A 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. Within a patch profile, you define:

  • patching activity with pop-up messages,
  • fail over and timeout options when connecting to Windows Update,
  • installing missed patches on the next start up, and
  • who has access to administer Windows Update.

You should create a minimum of two patch profiles: one for devices allowed to communicate externally (laptops and workstations) and one for devices not allowed to communicate externally (servers and possibly workstations).

Once created, you can use the patch profile when creating a patch rule with the with the Patch Setup Wizard.

Configure the default Patch Management Profile at the Service Organization level so that it can be replicated across multiple customers.

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