Since the time of this post, PDQ.com has begun offering a remote connection utility called RAS VPN Setup Wizard. The RAS VPN Setup Wizard is free for all users but is not supported by PDQ.com. RAS VPN Setup Wizard enables remote users to connect to your network and access internal resources anywhere they have connectivity, much like a traditional VPN, but without the typical troubles that come with most hardware and software VPN issues. RAS VPN Setup Wizard uses already existing Microsoft Server Roles RAS (Remote Access Server) and NPS(Network Policy Service) to form a connection between your remote users and your office. It connects your users automatically on their logon. RAS VPN Setup Wizard will help you stay connected to your remote workforce.
PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory versions 220.127.116.11 are now available for download. To enable alerts for newly released versions of PDQ products, click Options > Preferences > Alerts (or press Ctrl+Comma) and select both Auto Update Check Enabled and Release Channel. Once saved, click A new version is available in the status bar to download and install the latest released version.
Timeframes for Heartbeat and Interval Triggers
If you’ve ever wanted more granular control over when your schedules run, we’ve now added time frames to both the Interval and Heartbeat Triggers. For the Heartbeat Trigger, in particular, it will still detect when a computer goes from offline to online but only within the hours that you specify.
This addition is available for both PDQ Deploy schedules as well as PDQ Inventory Scan Profiles.
To set up one of the triggers, navigate to the All Schedules page in PDQ Deploy or Scan Profiles window (Options > Scan Profiles) in PDQ Inventory.
Add or edit a Heartbeat or Interval trigger.
Check the Only run during the following time frame option.
This enables the hours to be edited. The default run time is from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM but is fully customizable.
Retiring the Agent
As much as we loved the Agent, PDQ Inventory no longer contains it. With this removal, we are now able to focus on stability and performance improvement and getting features out that are fully completed and tested.
If you haven’t already, please uninstall the Agent at your earliest convenience. Instructions are available.
Additional changes and bug fixes
Add Ping and Wake-on-LAN columns to schedule details.
Deploy: "Run As" now defaults to use package settings in Deploy Once.
Remove XPS from report export options.
Fix help links in remote repair.
Inventory: Computer Uptime filters could be off by several hours.
Fix "Do not send for Retry Queue" not being honored.
Fix redeploy from failed step for timeouts.
Fix check for new versions using a proxy.
Improve the way Newtonsoft.Json is handled.
In case you missed it
Version 18.104.22.168 was released November 19, 2019, and versions 22.214.171.124 were released October 29, 2019. Here are some highlights:
'Deploy Once' now works on folders.
Add Status column to Deployment panel.
Run As options added to remote Tools.
Command to repair corrupted database (RepairDatabase).
Improves the UI of the Reboot/Shutdown tool, making it simpler to use.
'Failed to connect to service manager' (handle is invalid).
Deploy: Fix error code not returned from deployment step.
Fix error 'No such column: Stage'.
Fix error mode 'Continue' on nested packages.
Null reference exception when deleting a dynamic collection.
Using WoL on a computer with an updated IP address no longer attempts to wake previous IPs.
Resolved an issue that could cause the PDQ Deploy Package Library to request packages from the wrong endpoint.
Improve report performance.
Fix 'Check for new version failed' for .NET Framework 4.7 and lower.
Remove unused SC Manager connection.
Emily was an employee at PDQ.