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How to get default Patch Management Target back?

Created: 12 Jan 2013 • Updated: 12 Jan 2013 | 1 comment
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I modified the target computers of a bunch of patches to only apply to a single computer for testing.  I am now ready to deploy these patches to production, but how do I put the default Target (Windows Computers with Software Update Plug-In Installed) back in?

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I'd leave the default (Settings > All Settings > Software > Patch Management > Windows Settings > Windows Patch Remediation Settings) as your test PC. You'll have to change the target of each Patch Policy individually (Manage > Policies > Software > Patch Management > Software Update Policies).

You could create a Target called "My current patch target" and make that the default. Put your test PC in it and include the "Windows Computers with Software Update Plug-In Installed" filter too. Then, when you want to test a new patch, edit the Target to remove the "Windows Computers with Software Update Plug-In Installed" filter and add it back when you're satisfied with the test. It would mean that your production machines wouldn't be covered by patch policies when you're testing but, depending on your patch schedules that wouldn't be a problem.

I think you have to create and edit targets from within a Policy - they're not available anywhere else.

Authorised Symantec Consultant (ASC) with Endpoint Management Limited, an Authorised Symantec Delivery Provider based in the UK.

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