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Inherited PDQ Deploy and Inventory from a Predecessor?

Jake HoltJake Holt

You’ve Inherited PDQ Deploy and Inventory…Now What?

You just found out that Tim is moving on. You’re not sure where, and you’re not sure that you care. All that matters now is that you’re taking over his system administration duties. Yep. That’s right. Those 342 machines that Tim was responsible for keeping patched and up-to-date on a daily basis are now your responsibility. Great. The good news though, is that Tim left you a couple nifty tools for getting the job done, you’ve inherited PDQ Deploy and Inventory.

PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory can help you manage all those machines with no problem. You always did wonder how Tim was able to so quickly and effectively patch a few hundred computers in a single day while still having enough time to play a few matches of Fortnite from the comfort of his private office.  “So that’s why everyone called him Tricky Tim…”

The powers of PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory now belong to you.

“But where in the world do I start?”

Don’t worry. Just a few quick steps and you’ll be ready to work the magic that Tim became so famous for around the office. After inheriting PDQ products, here’s what you need to do.

1. Check and edit the credentials. You need to make sure that you’ve got the permissions you need to effectively pilot the software, and that all passwords are in order. In this video, Lex walks you through how to set up and change credentials.

2. Take note of how Tim had his schedules planned and organized. What targets are being patched when? You’ll need to know which ones you need to change and which ones need to remain how they are.

3. Speaking of which, the fantastic thing about PDQ Deploy packages is that they’re Auto Download packages. They’ll automatically download whenever a new version is released. So you won’t have to worry about manually hunting down bunches and bunches of app updates (although you can set these parameters to manual if you so desire).

4. Get your Auto Reports set up in PDQ Inventory. You might need to show the Boss that things under your control are running just as smooth or smoother than they were during the reign of Tim. These are reports that will automatically generate on a time interval that you specify.

5. PDQ Inventory makes it easy to track software, hardware, and Windows updates with the extensive Collection Library. Easily track computers – particularly those that are out of date. If you need to know how many machines have a particular software installed, you can group those machines together into easy-to-organize categories called Collections in PDQ Inventory.

6. Finally, if you’ll have multiple administrators running Deploy and Inventory, you may want to consider setting up Central Server Mode.

Time to Make the Magic Happen

Following these steps should help get you started. If you have other questions, our kick-ass support team are happy to assist with any needs you have. Feel free to send them an email anytime at [email protected].

Now, remember that our main objective at is to save you time and to do the mundane stuff for you. We hope that inheriting products turns out to be one of the best things about acquiring your new set of responsibilities. Good luck!

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