Patch Management steps

This group contains all steps regarding the management of patches.

Analyze Patch Situation

This step executes a scan for the patch manager module.

Parameter

Description

Bypass Transfer Window

Check this box to bypass the transfer window defined for the device. This means that the upload takes place immediately without taking into account any bandwidth definitions. It can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Differential Upload

Specifies if the inventory is to be completely replaced which each upload when differences are detected or only with the delta, that is, the modifications of the inventory.

Force Upload

Defines if the requested inventory is sent regardless of whether it has changed since the last upload. If the box is checked the inventory is uploaded, if it is unchecked the requested inventory is only uploaded if it has changed. The Force Upload option can only be activated if the Upload after update option is activated.

Upload after update

Defines whether the resulting inventory should be uploaded immediately after being updated. If the box is left unchecked the inventory is not uploaded immediately.

Purge Patch Inventory

This step purges the patch inventory for the assigned devices. In this way you may free up licenses to patch additional devices which still need patching when the patch license count has been reached.

No parameters need to be defined for this step.

Uninstall Patch

This step uninstalls any patch which is located in the Add or Remove Programs list of the Control Panel.

Parameter

Description

Force Reboot

Check this option if the step is to launch a system reboot after the successful uninstall.

Patch Name

Enter the name of the patch to uninstall as it is entered in the Add or Remove Programs list of the Control Panel.

Quiet Mode Uninstall

Defines that the patch uninstallation is to be executed without the remote user's being aware of it. If you uncheck this box the default dialog boxes concerned with patch uninstallation appears on the screen. Be aware, however, that not all patches necessarily interact with the user.

Wait for End of Execution

Check this parameter if the step is to wait for the end of the operation before declaring its execution terminated.

Update Knowledge Base

This step updates the local Patch Knowledge Base with the base provided by the master.

No parameters need to be defined for this step.

Deploy Patches on MAC OS

This step deploys patches on devices with a MAC operating system.

Parameter

Description

Deployment Type

Select from this list which type of patch you want to apply. You can install all patches that are currently available, the patches that are recommended to be installed and a specific update. In this case you need to specify the patch to apply in the following field.

Install Specific Update

If you have selected to install a specific patch only in the field above you need to enter the name and version number of the patch to install into this field. Be careful to exactly copy its name, paying attention to capital and small letters and append the version number with a dash to the name, for example, iPhoto-9.4.2 , otherwise it is not installed.

Install from Local Repository

Check this box if the patch is to be installed from a local repository and then enter the URL to it into the field to the right, for example, _

http://swscan.apple.com/content/catalogs/others/index-leopard.merged-1.sucatalog_

.

Reboot after deployment

Defines if a reboot is previewed after the installation of the last patch package of the patch group. Be aware that if you do not reboot after installation when a reboot is expected by one of the patches installed, this patch is still seen as missing even if you force a scan after install by the option below.

Allow User to Cancel Reboot

Specifies if the user may definitely cancel the reboot of his device.

Allow User to Extend Countdown Timer

Check this box if the user may extend the countdown timer before the patch installation automatically starts.

Initial Countdown Timer (min)

The waiting time in minutes between the pop-up window's first appearance and the actual initialisation of the device reboot.

Countdown Timer Increment (min)

The interval by which the countdown timer is incremented each time the user decides to extend it, if he has been allowed to do so by the option above.

Countdown Timer Maximum (min)

Defines the maximum interval the countdown timer may be extended. If for example the initial value is 2 minutes, the user may each time extend it by 2 minutes as well, and this value is set to 5 minutes, the user may extend the countdown once, 2 min initial 2*2 min extension makes 6 minutes which is higher than the defined 5 minutes.

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