For SCCM administrators a tool to patch third party applications would be of great help. ManageEngine Patch Connect Plus Professional Edition acts as a plug-in for System Center Configuration Manager to patch third party applications. The third party patches will be published to SCCM server and the administrators can proceed with the deployment of these patches using SCCM. This document provides you with following information about Patch Connect Plus.
Before installing the product, ensure that you meet the following requirements:
Note: Ensure that the WSUS server is of version 3.0 SP2 with WSUS-KB2720211 installed.
Note: It is preferred if the installation machine contains SCCM sever or SCCM admin console. However this is an optional requirement.
ManageEngine Patch Connect Plus works as an add-on to SCCM server to enable patching the third party applications. It publishes the required third party patches to SCCM server and deployment of these patches will be initiated from the SCCM console. Refer to the Product Architecure to learn more.
To set the product up, you have to configure the following settings,
Configure proxy settings to allow connections reaching internet to download patches from the third party websites and to synchronize patch vulnerability database.
Note: You can skip this step if you have direct connection to internet.
To configure proxy settings follow the steps given below,
Configure WSUS server settings to publish third party patch updates to SCCM server. To configure WSUS server settings follow the steps given below,
Note: Ensure that you specify the details of the primary WSUS server while configuring this settings.
It is mandatory to import third-party certificates or self-signed certificates to 'Trusted publishers' and 'Root certificate authority' stores to all managed computers. This is needed to ensure that the updates are from an authentic source. If you have a third party certificate you can directly import it else you may have to create a self signed certificate.
Configure SCCM settings to automatically synchronize software updates in SCCM. To configure SCCM settings follow the steps given below,
Select the third party applications for which you require patch updates and associate the patches with the customized deployment template. Based on the installation options given in the template, deployment of patches will happen in SCCM. Click here to know how to customize deployment by creating deployment templates. To know the list of third party applications supported, click here.
This settings will allow you to schedule the frequency to publish patches to SCCM.
Note: Patches will be published based on the machine time where the server is installed.
Note: You have to configure mail server settings to receive email updates.
Configure mail server settings to receive patch reports and email updates
This settings is required to fetch the deployment reports of the published third party patches.
Configure the native SCCM Plug-in to access and deploy all supported third-party applications directly from the SCCM console. The SCCM plug-in lists every available third-party update under a separate tab in Microsoft SCCM. It also fetches the complete report of all updates available in each client machine.Click here to know how to configure SCCM plug-in.
You have successfuly configured the above settings. You may now start using ManageEngine Patch Connect Plus for publishing the third party patches.