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How Publishing Alerts Work in Patch My PC’s Publisher

An important factor of third-party patching is staying informed as new updates publish in real-time. Our alerts feature allows you to be notified via email or a Microsoft Teams message to a channel via a webhook.

This article will cover how the SMTP Settings and Microsoft Teams Settings work within our Publisher.

Patch My PC Alerts for Email and Microsoft Teams

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How do Email Alerts Work in the SMTP Settings?

The Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) has been around since 1982 and is a common method for sending emails. Our Publisher allows you to configure SMTP settings to send email alerts for publishing operations. The first step is to configure the required options for your SMTP server.

SMTP Options in Patch My PC's Publisher

Once the settings are complete, you can click the Test button to see if the recipient received the test email. If you have any issues sending emails, it’s likely an SMTP configuration error, and you can review our article Troubleshooting SMTP Email Report Sending When Using Patch My PC.

Once the SMTP settings are saved, the Publisher will automatically send an email at the end of each synchronization when any updates or applications have been published.

The email will include the following details:

  • Update/Application Title (Links to release notes)
  • Time of Publishing
  • Size of binary
  • Update Classification
  • Update Severity Level
  • CVE’s (Links to CVE-ID on https://cve.mitre.org/)

In the example below, you can see an email alert where both updates and applications were published.

Example SMTP Publishing email from Patch My PC Publisher

How do Teams Alerts Work in the Microsoft Teams Settings?

Another option you can enable for alerts is a Microsoft Teams Webhook. The Teams webhook will allow the Publisher to send a message into a Teams channel either as each update or application is published in real-time or a single message at the end of the synchronization.

Microsoft Teams Settings for Patch My PC Publisher

When the option “Send alerts as each product is published rather than waiting until the end of the synchronization.” is enabled, the Publisher will send a Teams message in real-time right after each update or application is published. When this option is enabled, the message will include more detailed information about each update, including:

  • Update/Application Title (Links to release notes)
  • Time of Publishing
  • Size of binary
  • Update Classification
  • Update Severity Level
  • CVE’s (Links to CVE-ID on https://cve.mitre.org/)

Microsoft Teams Real Time Alerts for Third-Party Security Updates with CVEs

When the option “Send alerts as each product is published rather than waiting until the end of the synchronization.” is disabled, the Publisher will only send a summary of updates and applications published at the end of the synchronization. This option will only include the name of the update or application and link to the release notes.

Microsoft Teams Message Only One Message

How to Create a Microsoft Teams Webhook URL

Before you can send Microsoft Teams alerts, you need to create an incoming webhook:

Microsoft Teams Webhook URL

 Please follow the steps below to create an incoming webhook URL:

  1. Navigate to the channel where the webhook was added and select (•••) More Options from the top navigation bar.
  2.  Choose Connectors from the drop-down menu.
    1. Open Teams Connectors in Channel
  3. On the left, under Manage, choose Configure.
    1. Configure Incoming Webhook
  4. Next, give the webhook a name such as “Patch My PC Publishing“. Optionally, configure an image. You can use the Patch My PC Logo if you want.
    1. Create on Webhook Connectors
  5. Copy the webhook URL:
    1. Copy the webhook URL
  6. Paste the URL into the Webhook URL in the Publisher and click the Test button
  7. You  should see the test message sent in the Teams channel
    1. Test Notification Sent to Teams

More InformationNote: If your team’s Settings => Member permissions => Allow members to create, update, and remove connectors is selected, any team member can add, modify, or delete a connector.