A Patch Health monitor lets you check the status of Microsoft patching on devices. Two patch health rules let you check:
- the status of patches
- if the device is checking for patches on a regular basis
The Patch Status monitor checks whether a patch has been applied and alerts you of its status:
- installed pending reboot
- not needed
The Device Check for Updates monitor lets you track whether your devices check for updates on a regular basis.
What You Can Do with Patch Status
Since patch status for devices is always monitored, you can
- set the alert notification option for a specific patch status
- add a patch status monitor to a monitoring policy
For example, if you have prompt delivery of Microsoft updates specified in your SLAs, you will want to be alerted when a patch fails to install, especially on critical devices or if a server requires a reboot due to a patch.
What You Can Do with Device Check for Updates
You can set an alert that will let you know if a device is having an issue communicating with Windows Server Update Services or installing patches.
To add a monitor for patch status
- In Service Center, click Configuration > Monitor & Alert Rules.
- From the Site list, select the site where the device is located.
- From the Device list, select the device to which you want to add a monitor.
- Click Add Monitor.
- Select Patch Health from the list, and click Add Monitor.
- On the Monitor tab, in the Title box, type a title for the monitor.
- Optionally, in the Description box, type a description for the monitor.
- In the Monitor Type box, select a monitor type.
To configure an alert, see Setting Alert Actions.
For example, you can trigger an alert when any patch has a status of failed, installed, needed, not needed, or unknown.
- Click Save.