Category: PDQ Deploy

It is the nature of things that seemingly straightforward recipes such as those to remotely activate Office can sometimes fail. Realizing that your 14,783 deployments of Office didn’t activate correctly and that 14,783 ravenous, ill-tempered, and thirsty (assume for blood) users will be walking into the office in less than twelve hours to face the […]

If you have access to the PDQ Deploy Package Library you can use our pre-built package for silently installing TightVNC to all of your Windows computers. If you’d like to build your own TightVNC package you can follow the steps outlined below. In fact, building this package is an excellent exercise for learning how to […]

Oh, Yahoo! when will you learn you can’t buy friends? Firefox set the default search engine to Yahoo! back in 2014. Since then sys admins have been battling the forced setting. Looking to silently change Firefox default search engine in your network? Can do. Changing search engines on an individual basis is simple. To make […]

The problem: A machine in a frozen state loses all changes made to it at its next reboot. This is great for keeping machines in a consistent state for each user every day in, for example, lab environments. However, when the machine does not come out of a frozen state during a maintenance window, changes […]

New Additions PDQ Deploy 11 is here and includes some great new additions to its already powerful lineup of features. You can upgrade PDQ Deploy to version 11 by clicking the “A new version is available” notice in the status bar of your console. If the update link is not visible, go to File > […]

We’re going to look at using PowerShell and SQLite to update package file paths in PDQ Deploy. Trust me, it’s more exciting than it sounds. During the course of a recent file server migration, lots of scary warnings started popping up all over the place in my Deploy window! What happened? What was I to […]

So let’s say you’ve got some specialty computers such as lab computers, sales computers or conference room computers. These computers have different users logging on at different times throughout the day. You’d like these specialty computers to eat just “some” user side policy settings enabling them to maintain the same user settings regardless of who […]

It’s simple enough to get Mozilla Firefox remotely installed on your computers, but how do you keep users from changing settings and potentially leaving your network vulnerable? In this post we’ll first silently install Firefox on machines, and then enforce Firefox settings using group policy. Silently Installing Firefox Mozilla Firefox is one of the many […]

Deploying AutoCAD may seem like a daunting task, however PDQ Deploy makes it’s easy to silently deploy AutoCAD. We’ve also included a step-by-step instruction video at the bottom of this page. Let’s dive in. How to Silently Deploy AutoCAD The first step is to grab your installation files. We recommend placing the installation files on […]