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Connecting to a Proxy Server

For security reasons you possibly set up a proxy server to protect the devices in your network from attacks or to keep them anonymous. In this case, you must define the login to the proxy server so that your Patch Manager can establish a connection to the Internet to download patches or update the Patch Knowledge Base.


Configuring the proxy server as described in the following is not applicable to Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 Patch Managers.


Be aware, that if you are using the device as a patch manager and a scanner, the proxy will also be the same. If a proxy was already defined and you modify options here, these will then also apply to the other functionalities.

To connect to the proxy server proceed as follows:

  1. Go to Patch Management > Patch Manager > Your Patch Manager > Configuration and click the Proxy Options tab.
  2. Double-click any line of the table in the right window frame.
    The Properties dialog box appears.
  3. Enter the following information into the respective text boxes:

    Text box

    What you must do

    Host Name

    Enter the name of the device on which the proxy is installed.


    Enter the port of the proxy server to which you want to connect, for example, 8080.


    Enter the user name to use for proxy authentication.


    Enter the corresponding password. For security reasons the keyword is only displayed in the form of asterisks (*).

  4. Click OK to save your proxy settings.

You set up a connection to your proxy server. The next time the Patch Manager tries to establish a connection to the Internet, it will do so via the proxy server.

Proxy server special cases

In environments, where a proxy server is used to control Internet access, some further configuration might be required depending on the operating system to use the Patch Management feature in BCM.

  • If your proxy server requires authentication, and there is no way to configure the proxy/firewall to allow the patch manager to either bypass the proxy, or allow connections from the patch manager to pass through the proxy without authentication, you must use a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 system as the patch manager. If you do not have any available Windows XP or Server 2003 systems available, you must use option 4.
  • If the proxy server can be configured to allow connections from the patch manager without requiring authentication, the patch manager can be a system running any version of Windows supported by the BCM agent.
  • If the proxy server cannot be configured to pass connections from the patch manager, but the proxy or firewall can be configured to allow connections from the patch manager to bypass the proxy, the patch manager can be a system running any version of Windows supported by the BCM agent.
  • This option is only recommended in cases, where none of the preceding options are possible, because you must manually download the patch definition files (which contain information needed to determine if a patch is missing), and manually download the patch files from the application vendor. For more information about this method, see the option 2 section in article 000010276.
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