How can I patch 3rd party applications using System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch) and Patch My PC


Security is a bigger focus today than ever before, and rightly so. As part of that focus ongoing patching is a requirement, both of the operating system (quality updates and feature updates) and the application layer too. Microsoft provides updates for their supported operating systems and applications that can  be downloaded manually or automatically on the client via Microsoft Update, or deployed using on premise infrastructures like WSUS or SCCM or even via cloud based technology such as Microsoft Intune and Windows Update for Business.

But what about on-premise patching of 3rd party applications (applications that come from vendors other than Microsoft), those vendors usually provide their own patches to help secure their products, but because they are 3rd party, they are not natively trusted by WSUS. Getting those patches into WSUS requires some outside help and there are several companies offering applications to help you with that task, one of which is called Patch My PC. Patch My PC is recommended because it’s lean, easy to use and competitively priced and it was developed by former Premier Field Engineers at Microsoft.

Step 1. Download the Patch My PC Publishing Service Setup file

Download the Patch My PC Publishing Service Setup file (MSI format) from the link below:

You should install it on the computer hosting your Software Update Point. Note: The MSI only supports WSUS 4.0 (Windows Server 2012 & 2016). Once the software is installed you can choose to launch it, the Settings UI appears.

Step 2. Adding the catalog URL in the service

After installing the software, you need to enter your individual catalog URL (if you are subscribed to the service) or enable trial mode to test the software. To do this, paste the unique download ID supplied in the email you received when you signed up for the service into the field provided. Click on Test URL to verify the catalog URL is correct.

Using your unique catalog URL gives you access to all the supported applications in the catalog whereas when using the trial mode you only get access to a small subset (12) of those supported applications.

Step 3. Creating a self-signed or importing a PFX based certificate

In order to publish updates to WSUS, you need to setup a code-signing certificate. Certificates are used by the Patch My PC Publishing Service to sign the 3rd party updates so that WSUS can use them.

There are two options available:

  • ·        Self-signed certificate
  • ·        PFX based certificate (3rd party or internal certificate authority)

Note: Clicking on Show Certificate will show if any existing certificate is in place, for example if you’ve migrated from System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP).

If like me you haven’t set this up yet, clicking on Show Certificate will not find any certificate in the WSUS certificate store.

A self-signed certificate is the easiest way to get started with this tool and it’s free, however it does not provide security focused features such as revocation (cancellation of the certificate for all computers using CRL’s).

For the purpose of this guide however, you’ll create a self-signed certificate using the tool. To create a self-signed certificate, click on the Generate a Self-Signed Certificate button in Certificate Management.

Click OK to the Certificate Created Successfully message and then click on Show Certificate again, to see details about the newly created self-signed certificate.

Step 4. Exporting the code-signing certificate

In order for clients to install third-party updates, they must trust the code-signing certificate. To do this you can export the certificate and deploy it using group policy. Click on Export Certificate and give the .CER file a suitable name so you know what it is for.

Click OK to the Certificate Export Successful popup.

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