Do you enjoy repetitive tasks, busy work, and thoughtless clicking of buttons? If you do, then this blog might not be for you. This blog is for people looking for a better solution to patch management and software updates.
Are you staying late at work trying to update all of your machines to the latest version of Java, Flash, Chrome, etc? We feel ya. We’ve all been there.
Unless you’re a robot who enjoys repetitive tasks, everybody has better things to do than to worry about manual patch management and software updates. After all, those cans of Dr Pepper and Corgi videos aren’t going to enjoy themselves.
Well, today’s your lucky day, friend! PDQ Deploy has this fabulous feature called Auto Deployment that makes patch management and software updates an absolute snap!
We all have software that needs updating. If you’re managing computers, then you are probably well aware of the challenge of keeping all of your computers up-to-date.
Updating every computer one at a time is a very slow process. It’s prone to problems and sadness… but mostly sadness.Here’s what this process typically looks like:
Finding and downloading the latest software
Physically going to a computer
Bonus points if you use a remote solution
Running the installer
Click clickity clicking through the installer
Waiting for the installer to finish
Crying a little bit on the inside
Rinse and repeating for every single computer
First of all, nobody likes this approach. Why? Because it’s full of hair-pulling and sadness. Unfortunately, this is common at many places.
With the Auto Deployment approach, here is what patch management could look like:
Sitting back and relaxing
Learning PowerShell (check out our PowerShell blogs!)
Annoying your co-workers with paper airplanes
Drinking a beer (or two)
Smiling with the knowledge that you don’t have to manually install software for all of your computers!
I don’t know about you, but this process sounds much more appealing than the hair-pulling and eye-gouging that comes with manual software updates. Also, it takes all the busy work out and replaces it with valuable free time.Sounds nice, right? So, let’s get on with the good stuff and show you how to set it up!
So, what is Auto Deployment? Auto Deployment is a feature in PDQ Deploy that allows you to automatically deploy new versions of software packages as they become available in the PDQ Deploy Package Library.We test these packages thoroughly to ensure that they install silently and are prepped for full automation. As a result, this means that you can rest assured that the software will work for you the first time. (Read more about the Package Library here – link)
Setting up Auto Deployment in PDQ Deploy consists of 3 easy steps:
Create a Schedule
Attach a Schedule to a Package in the Package Library
Enjoy your new free time
So, pop open PDQ Deploy and follow along!
Click New Schedule in PDQ Deploy
Add a Schedule Name
Add target computers
Select Package Library.
Select a Package.
Select New Auto Deployment using existing schedule.
Select your schedule and click OK.
Now, your new Auto Deployment package will show up in its own fancy section. It will run according to the schedule and triggers that you defined.
Of course, enjoying free time is up to you. Since you have just saved a lot of time and effort by using Auto Deployment, you should pat yourself on the back and go do something fun.
While this is just one simple example of an Auto Deployment setup, you may find that you have different needs. Because of this, we allow for many different configurations since everybody has different needs.Here are some common questions we get about Auto Deployment packages:
Can I have multiple Auto Deployment packages in a single schedule?
Yes!You can attach a mixture of Auto Deployment packages and regular packages to a single schedule.
Can I install older versions of software?
You bet!Just like any package in the Package Library, you can choose older versions of software to install automatically.
Can I test Auto Deployment packages before deploying them to all of my machines?
Of course!With the Auto Deployment Approval Policy, you can set each Auto Deployment to approve updates immediately, manually, or on a schedule. It’s up to you and your needs.This is configured in the Preferences.
Can I modify the Auto Deployment package?
Definitely!We allow the ability to create pre-steps and post-steps within an Auto Deployment package. Just double-click your Auto Deployment package to open up the editor.
Check out our PDQ Deploy Help Documentation for more detailed info.
As you can see, we really turn it up to 11 with Auto Deployment for your patch management and software updates. So, do yourself a favor and try it out! Otherwise, you’ll kick yourself for not finding this solution sooner!