Configuring Authenticated HTTP Distribution Servers

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    This is a step by step guide on how to configure authenticated HTTP Distribution Servers.  The guide will help you install and setup IIS and configure Distribution Servers in Patch for Windows Servers 9.3.


    Please Note: This document is based on Windows Server 2016. 



    1.  Create a folder on the IIS server and share it. This folder will be the Distribution Server share where the patches and data files with be stored.


    Install IIS and enable authentication by performing the following:


    • 1.  Open the Server Manager, click on Manage and select Add Roles and Features.

    2.  Use the wizard to add the Web Server (IIS) role.

    • 3.  Once the Web Server (IIS) role is created, go to the Role Services section.
    • 4.  Select Windows Authentication under Security and go through wizard to add it.  Continue with the default settings unless you need a specific configuration.

    • 5.  In Server Manager, go to Manage ->  Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

    • 6.  Right click on Default Web Site and click Add Application.

    7.  Add the share folder that was created in the beginning.

    8.  Select the new Application and double-click on Authentication.

    • 9.  Select Windows Authentication and click on Enable.
    • 10.  Select Anonymous Authentication and click on Disable.

    11.  Create a Virtual Directory in the Application.

        a.  Right-click on Application and choose Add Virtual Directory.

        b.  Enter and Alias and set the Physical path to the share folder.

    12.  Enable Directory Browsing on the Application.

    1. Double-click Directory Browsing.


    Click the Enable button

    13.  You should test the connection to the URL.  You can do this manually through a web browser or use the Browse Virtual Directory located on the right side of the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager when you have the Virtual Directory selected.

    If you are not able to download the files refer to this document

    HTTP Distribution Server, Not Able To Download Files



    Configuring the HTTP authenticated Distribution Server in Patch for Windows 9.3


    • 1.  Open Patch for Windows Servers and navigate to Tools -> Options.

    2.  Go into Distribution Servers and click New.

    3.  Create the Distribution Server:


    1. Give it a Name.
    2. Select Authenticated HTTP.
    3. Enter the URL.
    4. Choose Credentials used to authenticate to the URL.  Click New to create credentials.
    5. Enter the UNC path to the share folder.
    6. Choose Credentials used to authenticate to the UNC path.  Click New to create credentials.
    7. Test the connections for the URL and the UNC to make ensure proper connectivity.
    8. Save.

    More information on Distribution Servers


    Why use a Distribution Server?

    Determining How Many Distribution Servers to Use

    Configuring A New Or Existing Distribution Server.

    Configuring System Account Permissions

    Synchronizing Distribution Servers.


    Assigning IP Addresses To Servers.


    Affected Product(s)


    Patch for Windows Servers 9.3