questions for a new setup of PDQ

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  • Shane Corellian

    Hi Jared,

    Thanks for supporting our software with your upcoming purchase. The answers to your questions are below:

    Q: Will PDQ work if I plant a local admin account on every box?  I have only ever used it with AD.

    A: Yes. In Preferences > Credentials add a new set of credentials. Keep the domain field blank (or you can put a dot only). Blank (or dot) in the domain field tells PDQ to use a local account. Don't forget by default Windows Vista and higher doesn't allow accessing ADMIN$ from a network when using local credentials. You may have to make one registry tweak on your target computers to allow this. Click here for details on making this change.

    Q: We plan to stand up a MDT server and based on the great guide I found in the forums, attempt to trigger a PDQ deployment via a MDT task.  (http://support.adminarsenal.com/entries/55676594-Request-for-push) and Shane notes Auto Deployments are the way to go with this setup - is this available on Pro and Enterprise?

    A: There are a few answers. Deploying via the command line is available in Pro or Enterprise and creating nested packages is available in Pro or Enterpise however Auto Deployment is only available in Enterprise mode. 

    Q: We have two sites that are currently not connected together via VPN etc.  If we went the route of two different installs for each site - would this require four licenses for PDQ - two for each site for inventory and deploy (or maybe one if I put it on a laptop and carry it around..)

    A: If you are the only user of PDQ at both sites then you will only need one license. If you have multiple users (note: a user is defined as one person. Two people using the same logon credentials to run PDQ still count as two users). The only caveat to this comes with using the Sharing and Scan Cache features in Enterprise mode. To use these features requires multiple user licenses.

    Q: I am thinking if I involve a VMWare server for deploying images MDT, it would make sense to host the PDQ server on a VM as well possibly.  Does PDQ work ok on a VM, and would this setup make any sense?  I guess we would have to use the VMWare console to control PDQ?

    A: This is actually quite common. Yes, PDQ works on a VM (assuming the VM is set up with the appropriate amount of resources). You don't necessarily have to use the VMWare console to access PDQ. You can also access the VM via Remote Desktop or another remote control product.

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  • Jared Schwartz

    Thank you!

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  • Jared Schwartz

    PS.  Love the videos - keep them coming!

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