PDQ Pull Method for large deployment

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  • Philip Toupin

    Anyone else experiencing this? I can re-create it every single time with many different installers so it doesn't seem to be anything to do with one installer.

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  • Shane Corellian

    When the Pull copy method is used the files don't start copying right away. All of the files that are going to be pulled down are indexed in a file called files.ini in \\TargetComputer\ADMIN$\PDQDeployRunner\<num>

    Depending on the number of files that are going to be pulled down this can take a while. For Office 2003, for example, there are over 4,200 files so just indexing the files takes around 8 minutes. This indexing is important because PDQ Deploy needs to let the Runner process know which files to pull.

    During this step of indexing the files we will change the status from Copying to Indexing or Preparing or something more intuitive.

    Here is a screenshot of files.ini as it is being written in \\Randy\ADMIN$\PDQDeployRunner\1

    files.ini.png

    Here is a screenshot of the opened file. You can see the indexed files.

    files.ini-contents.png

     

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  • Shane Corellian

    I forgot to mention that we will make this step much faster than it currently is.

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  • Philip Toupin

    Ah, that definitely makes sense.  So when it's sitting there not copying for 15 minutes via pull method it technically is; it's just still on step 1 of indexing the files before copying.  Typically I aborted after 10-15 minutes of them sitting there since they weren't copying or showing any signs of moving along.  I think I'll try it again and watch the index file build on one to make sure it's going and see how it goes after that.

    Any idea when the new indexing method will be introduced?

     

    Thanks!

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  • SelfMan

    My advice in this case is to create a selfextracting archive, which you can use like an installer.

    Advantages - you've got one smaller file and additional verification option. (file checksum)

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