Command Line and Keyboard Shortcuts for PDQ Deploy

If you’re a sys admin then you probably prefer using your keyboard to navigate around your favorite programs.

Let’s take a look at some common PDQ Deploy tasks and show you how you can accomplish these using either keyboard shortcuts or the CLI (Command Line Interface)

Keyboard Shortcuts

Who doesn’t love a good shortcut? You can view (and print) the full list of keyboard shortcuts available in PDQ Deploy here. From creating and scheduling a deployment, to reattempting a deployment there’s a shortcut for that.
You can view the full list as a PDF here.

You can also look at the various commands in different menus to see the corresponding shortcut keys.


Working with Packages in the Console

  1. Deploy a package – CTRL+D
  2. Rename a package – F2
  3. Duplicate a package – Alt+Insert (This is a way to perform a copy and paste with one command.)
  4. Importing a package – CTRL+i
  5. Exporting a package – CTRL+E

Command Line Interface

You can utilize the CLI from a common cmd.exe window. Make sure to change your directory to your PDQ Deploy directory under Program Files or Program Files (x86).

The command you can use is PDQDeploy.exe. To pull up a Usage statement type: PDQDeploy Help.


To see the available options for deploying packages via the CLI type:

PDQDeploy Help Deploy

The command to deploy is PDQDeploy Deploy -Package -Targets

In the example below I am deploying Java 8 Update 51 to the computers, Archie, Aikau and V32-01.


You can also initiate a deployment of a previously defined PDQ Deploy Schedule. The only catch here is that you need to know the Schedule ID. The example below kicks off a schedule of Google Chrome Enterprise. The schedule ID in this case is the number 2.


To see the usage statement for the various commands type:

PDQDeploy Help Deploy
PDQDeploy Help StartSchedule