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Support Remotely Changing the Publishing Service Settings from Another Device

I'm not sure if this is too much of a stretch, would over-complicate things or even possible but figured I'd put it out there.

It'd be nice to have a single pane of glass to work from, even if it was only the commonly used features eg Update Rules, Sync. Additionally, if it works remotely it'd be handy to avoid having to jump on the Site Server where there can be admin contention, at least where I am now.

  • Steven Walch
  • Jun 28 2019
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  • Bob Clarke commented
    29 Mar 09:31am

    We've expanded the group of staff who can manage apps/updates through PmPC, so we are now really struggling trying to share a single instance of the settings app! Hope this one gets into development soon :)

  • ian chaytor commented
    18 Feb 09:08am

    A remote console would be very handy and its actually the 1st thing I thought of while waiting for a free session on the server its installed on.

  • Dominique Duchemin commented
    10 Feb 08:49pm

    Good Morning,

    I would like to be able to access PatchMyPC Publising by multiple users at the same time.

    Our environment is composed of 4 Groups totally independent and a heading group which coordinate between them. Each group has total free rights to add a new third party to the list in SCUP currently.



  • Carl Medley commented
    12 Jan 06:26pm

    Would love to see remote Publishing app access. As others have mentioned, it's rough having to RDP into the server just to make changes, publish new apps, etc. I'm in and out of the Publishing app multiple times per day and having to RDP to a server to make a quick change and then sync is a headache.

  • Claudio Mendes commented
    2 Nov, 2021 09:30am


  • Remy Kuster commented
    16 Oct, 2020 06:24am

    Yes would really be nice, not all of our it admins have got admin rights to the site server but have to use the publishing service.

  • Guest commented
    23 Aug, 2020 09:13am

    Hello there, I agree with some of the others, whereby Admins that support the Deployment of Third Party Updates, such as a Release Management Team, are not responsible/admins of WSUS.

    A Remote Console that then avoids the RDP to the server would be great. However I understand that it is likely that the PMPC user/admin will need WSUS Admins to undertake actions. So this would just be a nice to have feature

  • Claudio Mendes commented
    16 Jun, 2020 07:23pm

    yes this would be nice

  • Noel Lopez commented
    8 Oct, 2019 12:27pm

    A remote console would be helpful for headless servers or servers without GUI

  • Admin
    Justin Chalfant commented
    2 Oct, 2019 11:07am

    Hey Thomas, thanks for the feedback! We will keep this in mind when thinking about this feature.

  • Guest commented
    2 Oct, 2019 09:55am

    I'd like to elaborate a little more on why a remote start of the tool is essential.

    Not every company uses WSUS admins to deal with 3rd party updates, and so do we (not).

    So for limited access of such tool users, it's not only important for us to start such applications from a remote (console-only) server but also that the application itself is written in such a way that it runs without local admin rights, e.g. as a power user so that besides others, UAC can be bypassed.

  • Guest commented
    7 Aug, 2019 10:05pm

    Our requirement is to have users use their workstation with an admin console to perform their required function. Logging onto a server is a last resort - abstracting the Publishing Settings windows to a workstation console application that connects to the site server would help solve the issue.

  • Admin
    Justin Chalfant commented
    30 Jun, 2019 11:34pm

    Ok cool! Updating the title. I've heard this feedback a few times prior to launching our ideas site. I expect this will get some traction.

  • Damien Solodow commented
    30 Jun, 2019 11:27pm

    A way to remotely manage the publishing service is what I'd want. :)

  • Admin
    Justin Chalfant commented
    30 Jun, 2019 11:23pm

    Hey Steven,

    So are you more interested in an option to control the publishing service settings (enabled, products, right-click options, etc.) from a remote machine from where the actual publishing service is installed? When I read the title, I was initially thinking you may have wanted like a new node in the SCCM console, but I think it's more about remotely managing the settings?

  • Steven Walch commented
    30 Jun, 2019 11:14pm

    Thanks for the thorough response Justin; makes complete sense.

    The native catalogue in ConfigMgr was actually where we started our journey with third-party updates, but we opted for your Publisher service due to it's superior feature set, specifically around automating the catalogue download/publishing. Even given the improvements in 1906, which may appear to address some of these aspects, without pre/post update scripts to manage some of the one-click features you add to the Publisher we can't really consider it - it'd be step backwards now. 

    The ability to remotely manage the Publisher service would actually be pretty useful for us.

  • Admin
    Justin Chalfant commented
    28 Jun, 2019 11:31am

    I'm trying to get a little context here. First of all, I doubt we will add a console extension for 2 reasons.

    1. If you want to use the console to add our catalog, you can use the native functionality in-console SCCM 1806 (Note: it's going to be improved in 1906)

    2. When we developed our publishing service, we intentionally choose not to use the in-console SCCM integration for a few main reasons.

      1. This always us to work outside the System Center framework

      2. We can work in environments not using SCCM (Standalone WSUS)

    For this question "if it works remotely it'd be handy to avoid having to jump on the Site Server where there can be admin contention, at least where I am now.". Would having an option to change products from a remote Patch My PC Publishing Service console be helpful for you?

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