I usually just deploy all my software via vbs in kace, but does anyone subscibe to the Full Software Installers in patch settings? If so, how do you like it? Why did you do it?

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In my organization we don't do it because you'll end up with multiple versions of the same product on each computer. This can cause quite a few problems. Then you have to go about creating other scripts to clean up the additional software installs that went out (taking more time and resources). At the end of the day it just isn't worth it. The only benefit is knowing that things will install, but as our KACE trainer said, even he couldn't watch it closely enough to stay on top of it before he had a mess going. I hope this helps.

Answered 05/17/2013 by: GeekSoldier
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I see it regulary.

Usually it works fine, but regulary it is the best practice: Install Software using a MI and update it using KACE Patching.

All other configs may run into a soupy mess.

Answered 05/17/2013 by: Nico_K
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  • I tried it once thinking it might be a good idea. This was before I had jumpstart training... Before I knew it we had 6-8 different versions of Java on each machine, 2 different adobe reader versions... The list goes on and on. Amen for the simplicity of unchecking that box and starting the uninstaller scripts. It still took time, but the lesson was well learned.
    • correct. I regulary ask if the customer had his Jumpstart. If not I take the time discuss the pro and con of different things. Btw, if you use Dell Patching, check if the Server and the Client catalogue were downloaded successfully. If not, contact support for fixing this.
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