The Introduction Are you new to the whole system administrators thing? Are you pretty computer savvy, but not professionally or college trained and fell into your IT position by ‘accident.’  It sounds like we have some things in common.  Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Alyssa, and I’ve worked at for just over […]

If you work in the mortgage industry, then you’re definitely no stranger to the name Ellie Mae. As of 2014, the company processed almost a quarter of all mortgage applications in the United States through their Encompass platform. Now, despite being a massive, billion-dollar enterprise, they have failed to release a client with silent install […]

In Part 1 of this blog series, “PDQ Automated Software Deployments,”  you created and set up schedules, and now you’re patching your machines. But, what if you didn’t want to patch all of your machines at the same time? Maybe you want to set up a pilot group to test patches before rolling them out […]

PDQ Deploy, in conjunction with PDQ Inventory, can be a powerful tool in setting up automated software deployments. When combined, the two can be configured to identify and patch many of the most common applications with pre-built packages in our Package Library. Below is how I like to setup my software deployments using PDQ Deploy’s, […]

So you bought this great network inventory management tool, got it set up, it’s returning data, but you want more. Here’s five of my favorite features and tips to get the most out of PDQ Inventory. 1. Managing multiple domains with PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory. PDQ Inventory requires very little to be able to […]

PDQ’s Computer Inventory Tool Even before working here at, PDQ Inventory was my favorite computer inventory tool. Today I’m going to show you one of the reasons why. We talk a lot about deploying software patches and updates, but how do you identify what needs patching? The answer is collections. We maintain a dynamic […]

In today’s blog post I’ll review the basics of third-party software patching, as well as automated software deployments using schedules in PDQ Deploy. PDQ Deploy is a software deployment tool that includes the Package Library, this repository grants you access to hundreds of premade deployment packages. Deploy also allows you to create custom deployment packages […]

Joyous news, everyone — Mozilla is now in the manageable enterprise browser game and has new Firefox group policies! The recent release of Firefox 60 comes with a brand-new policy engine. Say goodbye to the days where managing end-user Firefox settings required changes to a bunch of JSON and config files. Now, using the magic […]

Getting Started Right on! You just downloaded the free trial of PDQ’s inventory management software (PDQ Inventory).  The best way to get it up and running “Pretty Damn Quick,” is simple. This overview will show you how to quickly add computers to start your efficient computer inventory management. PDQ Inventory is a Windows inventory software […]