The Patch Policy List

Policies are listed alphabetically. Use the Sort, Search, View, and filter controls to find policies quickly. Click a policy name to open its document. Click the Add Policy button to create a new policy.

Important: Non-Master operators need relevant permissions to perform different actions in the Patch Policies app. For more information on permissions, see The WebUI Permissions Service.

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Out of Date Policies

A Delta icon appears against every new patch that meets the patch inclusion criteria and that becomes available since the policy was created or updated. Policies can also fall out of date when their patches have been modified or replaced.

Refresh a policy to include the new content. Active out of date policies continue to run, though they are not particularly effective. For example, say you create a new policy that runs daily at 3 pm. On the first day it runs, patches are deployed to its designated targets. On the second day new patches become available and the policy falls out of date. On the third and subsequent days the policy runs but does nothing, since the patches it knows about have already been deployed. As soon as you refresh the policy it will deploy the new patches.

Patches that have been superseded by the new content are no longer be deployed.

Use the Show/Hide Details control to toggle between the Detail and List views.

  • Patches: number of patches in the policy.
  • Devices: number of targeted computers and computer groups.
  • OS: Operating system of patches in the policy.
  • Patch Type: OS update, Application update, or 3rd Party application update.
  • Policy Status: Active or Suspended.
  • Patch Updates: number of Fixlets changed since date and time of creation, or last refresh.
  • Next Refresh: date of next scheduled Auto-refresh, if enabled.
  • Site: associated site with a patch policy.

Policy Status: Active or Suspended

Patch policies have two states: Active or Suspended. Suspend an Active policy to refresh it, add a new schedule, or make other changes. You do not have to suspend a policy to add or remove targets. New policies remain suspended until you active them.