Auto Deployment Deep Dive: Approval Periods

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It’s here. Auto Deployment. This is the feature that will allow you to get the next level of lazy as a sys admin, making you the world’s greatest sys admin. Set it and forget it and let PDQ Deploy worry about getting the latest Flash, Java or any number of packages in the Package Library deployed. (See video below.) 

Approval Policy

Hopefully you don’t need to be told twice, but you should be doing test deployments before unleashing a new version to all your company’s workstations to make sure these new versions don’t bring a mini-Armageddon upon your network. This why when setting up an auto deployment schedule, you have a default seven day “approval period”. What this does is hold off on attaching the new version to the auto deployment schedule giving you an opportunity to test out the deployment first before it goes out. 

You can adjust the approval policy default for all packages or change the approval policy on individual applications. To change the default by going into File>Preferences>Package Library. After changing this, future auto deployments set will be assigned this approval period. However, if you have a lot of faith in Oracle and want to get latest Java 7 out right way you can change the approval policy for that particular package in your auto deployment schedule. 

Adjusting Approval Policy for Specific Packages

Under the Auto Deployment Packages section (located in the left side panel) select the auto deployment schedule you wish to modify, then in the main window select the package you want changed. Over in the right panel under the Auto Deployment field click the link to change and a window will pop up and you can set the approval period to immediately approve. Once set to immediately approve, this package (when a new version comes out) will automatically deploy upon the next time the schedule is run.

Changing the approval policy in this way will ONLY impact that particular package and not any other packages that are in this same auto deployment schedule. Also a package set to immediately approve does not mean that the package will necessarily automatically deploy, it will deploy when the schedule is set to run next. You can adjust when the schedule runs by double-clicking the schedule in the main window. In the window that pops up go to the schedule tab and there you can make those changes. 

This video tutorial shows step-by-step how to set up an Auto Deployment schedule and adjust the approval period. 

Auto Deployments are a PDQ Deploy Enterprise mode feature. Current customers can upgrade or make sure their Enterprise license is up-to-date at the customer portal.