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PDQ.com Boot Camp: 6 – Your First Deployment

Dakota Clark

We’ve covered lot’s of things in this boot camp series to get you ready for your first deployment. If you missed them, check out our past videos and blog posts before continuing. We discuss things such as, “Setting up LAPS,” “How to Set up DHCP,” and  “How to Set Up DNS.” Today, we walk you through your first deployment using PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory.

Getting Started

Now that the groundwork is in place let’s begin with a deployment in PDQ Deploy by pushing out Google Chrome! Let’s select the Package Library as shown below.

From there, in the upper right of the window, we’ll type “Chrome” into the search box to quickly find the package we need.

Then, we’ll select “Google Chrome Enterprise” in the package list in the middle of the screen. Now, click the large “Download Select” button back in the top right just above the search box.

If you ever find a need to download an older version of Chrome, simply highlight the package, and in the right-hand side, a list of available older versions appears. Click the download now button to get that specific version. Any versions you have already downloaded will have a “Download Again” button shown.

Configuring Your First Deployment

Once the package has finished downloading it’s time to configure the first deployment. Select the “Chrome” package under the “Packages” folder and then click the “Deploy Once” button (or Ctrl+D).

Selecting Target Computers

Once that is done the “Deploy Once” window will appear. Now, select what target computers should have Google Chrome installed. Possible options include Active Directory, PDQ Inventory, Spiceworks, Target Lists, and Text Files. You can also type computers in by name in the box to the right of “Choose Targets” and PDQ Deploy will attempt to reach out to that computer using that hostname via DNS.

For this demonstration, we’ll pull a target from PDQ Inventory. This allows us to not only target computer objects but dynamic collections as well. To accomplish this option, PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory, with valid Enterprise licenses, is required. If you do not have PDQ Inventory or the integration is not available due to licensing or another issue, use the hostname “Add Computer” option.

To deploy to a single computer from PDQ Inventory select “All Computers” and then type the computer name into the target filter search box.

Almost Done!

Click  “Add All Computers” to move all computers shown in the target search section into the deployment targets section. Then, click OK when you are happy with the selection. Once you click OK the targets will then populate the “Targets” section in PDQ Deploy. The “Options” tab will show what options the deployment will execute. In most cases, nothing should have to be changed assuming the credentials have administrator rights on the target computers. If not, you can edit the credentials to change them to ones with administrator rights.

Click “Deploy Now” and the deployment will begin! PDQ Deploy copies the files to the remote computer and then starts the installation. The current status of each deployment will show in the “Target” section, like the screenshot below.

You can click on the “X of X steps” button for more details of the deployment. Status, error information, and logging information can be read and seen here.

Mission Complete

That’s it for deploying a package! We’ll cover more options and automation options to fully automate application updates and installations in a future blog post!

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