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Decline Patch

Decline patch refers to the deliberate decision not to apply a software patch or update to a system or application. This strategic approach is a cornerstone of effective IT management, especially within the realm of patch deployment.

It encompasses a thorough evaluation of how patches may affect system stability, compatibility, and security. The process of declining patches entails meticulous scrutiny of patch release notes, careful assessment of potential risks, and the formulation of informed decisions guided by organizational requirements and policies.

Ways to Reject Patch Updates without NinjaOne

Without the aid of NinjaOne, the process of declining patches typically involves manual review and analysis of patch release notes, determining potential conflicts with existing software or configurations, and implementing custom scripts or manual procedures to prevent the installation of specific patches.

This approach often requires extensive time and effort from IT administrators and increases the risk of overlooking critical patches or introducing errors during manual intervention. 

Utilizing NinjaOne for Patch Rejection

  1. Proceed to the System Dashboard by choosing Dashboard from the menu. 
  2. In the Dashboard, go to the Patching tab, then move to OS and pick Pending. 
  3. At this point, you’ll see an extensive list of patches or updates that have not yet been installed. 
  4. Mark the checkbox adjacent to the patch or update you intend to decline or reject. 
  5. After selection, continue by pressing Reject. 
  6. You will then have the choice to Reject for Policies (by KB) or Reject for Policies (by Patch ID). 

Why NinjaOne Excels in Patch Rejection

  • Automated Workflow: NinjaOne streamlines patch rejection processes through automated workflows, saving time and reducing manual intervention. 
  • Granular Control: It offers precise control over patch rejection policies, enabling administrators to specify rejection criteria based on severity, vendor, or other factors. 
  • Comprehensive Reporting: NinjaOne provides detailed reports on patch rejection activities, facilitating compliance monitoring and auditing. 
  • Enhanced Efficiency: NinjaOne’s user-friendly interface and comprehensive functionalities streamline patch rejection tasks. 

Best Practices for Patch Decline

  • Regularly review patch release notes and security advisories to stay informed about potential vulnerabilities and patches. 
  • Establish clear criteria and policies for evaluating and declining patches based on organizational risk tolerance and business needs. 
  • Test patches in a controlled environment before declining them in production systems to assess compatibility and mitigate risks. 
  • Document patch decline decisions and reasons for future reference and auditing purposes. 
  • Continuously monitor and reassess patch decline policies to adapt to evolving security threats and business requirements. 

NinjaOne's Patch Decline feature is beneficial in many scenarios

  • Tailored Compatibility Management: When dealing with diverse software and hardware configurations, Patch Decline allows IT teams to selectively exclude patches that might disrupt compatibility, ensuring seamless system operations across the network. 
  • Strategic Testing Implementation: Before widespread patch deployment, IT administrators can utilize Patch Decline to conduct thorough testing on a subset of machines, safeguarding against potential issues and ensuring smooth rollouts across the entire network. 
  • Temporary Issue Mitigation: In situations where specific patches cause temporary disruptions or performance issues, Patch Decline provides a temporary solution by excluding problematic patches until vendor-resolved updates become available. 
  • Scheduled Maintenance Optimization: Aligning with organizational maintenance windows is crucial for uninterrupted operations. Patch Decline enables administrators to customize patch deployment schedules, ensuring updates are applied during optimal maintenance periods. 
  • Compliance-Driven Exclusions: Meeting regulatory requirements is paramount in industries like healthcare and finance. Patch Decline assists in compliance efforts by allowing selective exclusion of patches until they undergo rigorous testing and approval processes. 
  • Prioritized Patching Approach: By prioritizing critical systems for patch deployment while temporarily excluding less vital systems, Patch Decline optimizes resource allocation and minimizes the risk of disruptions to essential services. 

Next Steps

Decline Patch FAQs

“Decline patch” is a term used in IT management when a decision is made not to implement a particular software patch or update. This decision is often made after careful consideration of various factors such as the stability of the system, compatibility issues, and security implications.

The process of declining a patch involves a thorough review of the patch’s release notes, an assessment of potential risks, and a decision-making process guided by the organization’s needs and policies. It’s a crucial part of maintaining the balance between system stability and the potential benefits of the patch.


The process of approving patches is a fundamental operation in IT management. It initiates with the detection of available patches for your systems and applications. This is followed by   detailed scrutiny of these patches, which includes a study of the release notes and any associated documentation.

The patches are then subjected to tests in a secure environment to verify their effectiveness and to ensure they don’t cause any disruptions. If the patches successfully pass  his stage, they are then authorized for deployment in the production environment. 

When using NinjaOne, this process is significantly simplified and can even be automated. NinjaOne provides comprehensive insights into all your devices, including workstations, laptops, servers, and network devices. It alerts you to potential issues, including those related to hardware, software, system performance, and network performance. 

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