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Default target when distributing updates

Created: 15 Feb 2011 | 6 comments

When I create a new software update policy on a bulletin, the default target in 'Apply to computers' is 'All windows computers with Software Plug-in installed'.  Because we push updates to our test environment first, I would be easier if I could change the default target to point to our test bed, then change the target when the updates are approved.  Is there any way to do this?

Alternatively, is there a better way to go about the patch management process?  It is rather time consuming to stage and distribute to a test bed, then change the target on each bulletin to 'All Computers' once the update are to go to production.

 

Thanks!

Dan

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jharings's picture

Settings - All Settings - Software - Patch Management - Microsoft (or Adobe, etc) - Software Update Distribution Options. Change your targeted group there.

 

In answer to your second question, yes it can be time consuming. The only automation currently available would be to setup something using workflow. The 7.1 release is supposed to make this easier and more integrated.

Jim Harings
HP Enterprise Services
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mclemson's picture

To add on to what Jim said, not only should it be easier/more integrated, but supposedly there are some out-of-the-box workflows.  Just as it's easier to create a report if you start from an existing report that's similar, it should be a lot easier to put your business processes for patching into a workflow when using one of the sample workflows.  I believe this is in 7.1, but it's possible that it's coming in a service pack.

Mike Clemson, Senior Systems Engineer, ASC
Intuitive Technology Group -- Symantec Platinum Partner
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DanUS's picture

gah, that was way too easy.  And I looked everywhere for that (almost everywhere).

Thanks Jim!

 

I will look into workflows.  Looks as if that may help quite a bit.

KSchroeder's picture

Regarding the second question...you can bundle multiple Bulletins together into a single task.  Just Shift/Ctrl-click the ones you want (i.e. all Feb 2011 Bulletins), then right-click and run the wizard.

***NS6 Alert*** Yes I'm a loser and still on NS6, so maybe that isn't possible in Altiris 7...but I can't imagine that functionality being lost!  It was one of the greatest improvements in Patch 6.2 (err...6.1 SP2?? whatever! laugh)

Thanks,
Kyle
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Andrew Bosch's picture

And here I thought I was the Patch nerd king...;-)

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jharings's picture

but Kyle's a prince.

Jim Harings
HP Enterprise Services
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