Hi, we purchased PDQ Deploy & Inventory a few months ago. I have used Inventory a lot since then but I'm trying to wrap my head around PDQ Deploy because I have never had a software deployment tool before.
These are my goals :
-Improve workstation deployment.
Currently we have been running the same Powershell script without logic that does back to back installs of a bunch of msi's and exe's silently : Chrome, LogMeIn Central, WinSCP, Dymo Connect, Microsoft 365 desktop apps, BitDefender, etc. I set all these up as PDQ Deploy packages and for a fresh machine I can now create a PDQ deploy schedule with the 9 packages to all run back to back. Is that a good approach?
-Improve patch management.
We are already doing good with OS patching, but 3rd party software is all over the place. For packages that are not in the included PDQ package library, is it just a matter of me going to get the most current MSI from the vendor, and then pushing that package out to machines again?
Other Questions :
-How much do you warn people before pushing software out? This should probably only be nights and weekends right?
-What is the rationale behind disabling auto-patching on everything? Do people test new Chrome patches in their environment before deploying. At least with browsers my philosophy is always to patch as fast as possible.