Managing Individual Machine Properties

The Manage Machine Properties dialog contains several tabs that enable you to define many different properties for an individual machine.


General tab

Enables you to define a variety of general information about the machine. In addition, you can define the following path, port and credential information:

  • Patch drive path: Enables you to specify the drive and the path to use on the target machine when patches are downloaded during a patch deployment. Do this only if you do not want to use the default location (C:\Windows\ProPatches). For example, if the C: drive on your target machines is low on space, you might specify that the patches are instead written to the D: drive. The "ProPatches" name is automatically appended to whatever path you specify. For example, if you specify "D:\ABC," the final destination for the patches will be "D:\ABC\ProPatches."

  • RDP port: Defines the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) port to use when making a remote desktop connection with this machine.

  • Credential: Specifies the credential used when authenticating Shavlik Protect to the machine. The credential you supply here will override credentials specified in other areas of the program. If you select None you effectively remove the credential currently assigned to the machine.

There may be several reasons for providing different credentials to a machine after a scan has been performed. If you have multiple administrators in your organization and each is responsible for a different domain, they will need to set their own credentials before performing an action. Or, your organization's policy may be to separate scan (assessment) duties from deployment duties, in which case different credentials are probably required.

  • ITScripts port: Defines the port used to allow the WinRM protocol for Windows PowerShell commands.

  • Scheduler port: Defines the custom port for the machine to use when communicating with the Shavlik Scheduler service. The value you define here overrides the value defined on the Tools > Options > Scheduling dialog. If you select Global Default, the value defined on the Tools > Options > Scheduling dialog is used.

Custom tab

Enables you to write custom notes about properties unique to the machine (for example, serial numbers, physical location, etc.). The Custom Field section at the bottom of this tab enables you to define an unlimited number of name/value data pairs that can be used for reference purposes.

E-Mail tab

Enables you to specify which reports should be automatically sent and to whom the reports should get sent. The specified reports will be sent whenever the machine is involved in a scan or a deployment.

To configure reports:

  1. Select a report in the Reports list.

  2. In the Report Recipients list, select the groups and/or individuals you want to e-mail the report to.

  3. Repeat Step 1 and Step 2 for each report you want to be automatically sent.

  4. When finished, click Save.

Statistics tab

Displays a trend chart showing the number of found and missing patches detected in the last several scans. This enables you to quickly determine if the patch security state of a machine is trending up or down.