PDQ Deploy across networks/domains/workgroups

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  • Stephen Valdinger

    You don't *have* to be on a domain to get it to work, it just makes things a bit easier.

    A few questions:
    1. Can you access \\hostname\admin$ of a target computer from your PDQ server?
    2. You said you can ping, is that by hostname as well as IP address?

    If you answered yes to both of those, then really all you have to do is add a set of credentials to your PDQ Server that have rights to install software on those targets. (You can put a . in the domain field to specifiy it is a local account. )

    Let's start there and I'll pick this up when I'm not on mobile.

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  • Monica KVH

    Let us know how things work with Stephen's suggestion. It's a good one.

    One thing that I did in higher ed when particular computers were more difficult to access (they'd drop from the domain, or their hostname wouldn't work for deployments) is deploy to them using their IP addresses instead of hostnames. It might be a bit tedious at first, but less so if you set them up for auto deployments.

    Of course given that there's an auto-logon user for those PCs, the credentials you use for Deploy will have to be valid admin credentials on the endpoints to get the deployments to run, unless you choose to deploy as logged on user (or perhaps local system, not quite sure what would be best on this one).

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  • Adam

    So, ended up getting it all working in the end doing the following:

    - Set static IP's on the classrooms in question

    - Created target lists by IP, one for each classroom

    - Added local admin credentials to PDQ Deploy

    - Kept deployment type as "push"

    - When deploying, set it to run as local system

     

    Many thanks for the input guys and gals :)

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  • Monica KVH

    You're very welcome. Glad you got everything working!

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  • Stephen Valdinger

    De nada!

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