How to Initiate a Patch Scan

A patch scan can be initiated from the home page, from a machine group, from a favorite, or from Machine View.

From the Home Page

You can use the home page to initiate a scan of any of the four pre-defined groups (My Machine, My Domain, My Test Machines, Entire Network) or of a custom machine group.

  1. (Optional) Type a name for the operation you are about to perform (for example, My machine scan mm/dd/yy).

A maximum of 100 characters can be used for the name.

  1. Select the machine group you want to scan.

  1. Choose when you want to perform the scan (Now, Once, or Recurring).

  2. Select the template you want to use when performing the patch scan (Security Patch Scan, WUScan, or a custom patch scan template).

A unique icon () identifies the patch scan templates.

  1. Click either Scan Now or Schedule.

The operation is scheduled on the console machine using the default credentials. If default credentials are not currently assigned the Assign Credentials dialog is displayed. You must assign default credentials before the operation can be scheduled.

Note: The default credentials are only used to schedule the operation on the console machine. The default credentials are (typically) different from the machine-level credentials that are used to perform the actual operations on the target machines.

From a Machine Group

  1. In the Machine Groups list select the desired machine group.

  1. Within the machine group dialog click Run Operation.

  1. On the Run Operation dialog select when you want the scan to run and which patch scan template you want to use.

  2. On the Run Operation dialog click either Scan now or Schedule.

The operation is scheduled on the console machine using the default credentials. If default credentials are not currently assigned the Assign Credentials dialog is displayed. You must assign default credentials before the operation can be scheduled.

Note: The default credentials are only used to schedule the operation on the console machine. The default credentials are (typically) different from the machine-level credentials that are used to perform the actual operations on the target machines.

From a Favorite

A favorite consists of one or more machine groups and one template. You select the machine groups you want to scan and then specify the template to use when performing the scan.

The quickest way to initiate a patch scan of a favorite is to right-click the favorite in the Favorites list and then select Scan. This will enable you to specify when to perform the scan but not how (the patch scan template specified in the favorite will always be used).

If you want to verify the configuration of the favorite before you initiate the scan you simply:

  1. Select the desired favorite in the Favorites list.

The Favorite dialog is displayed. It shows the current configuration of the favorite.

  1. Verify the configuration and then click Run Operation.

From Machine View

  1. Select one or more machines.

  2. Right-click the machine(s) and then select the desired patch scan template.