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Systems Management Question


Dell updates schedules run on all systems even if the box "All Devices" is unchecked, and no labels are selected?

08/22/2016 1201 views

I created a schedule to run weekly and all was going fine when I used device labels to which I wanted to push updates.  Before I went on vacation I removed the device labels, but beglected to change the schedule to "None."  So in effect, the schedule was pointing to nothing as far as I could see.  No devidce labels, "All Devices" was NOT checked, no individual machines were specified.  But the schedule ran on all machines. 

is this expected behavior?

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  • This has happened to me before with patching. That is why now I always use a device label - even if the label points to zero devices. I thought in my case it had to do with something when saving. (ex. making too many changes at once, then Saving.
    I also since then, Save after every change to make sure everything is on track all steps of the way.

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That is not expected behavior. Out of curiosity, was it detect, deploy or detect/deploy? Check to make sure no other Dell Update jobs are affecting those computers. Then contact support to log it if it is a genuine bug.
Answered 08/23/2016 by: JasonEgg
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  • It is detect/deploy, and the job in question did in fact run on all machines. And Dell tells me that it is indeed expected behavior.
    • I know that, if no target(s) are specified, a pop-up will ask you if you want to deploy to "all devices" but I thought you could select "no" (side note: I think every "All Devices" setting should be removed since it's dangerous and creating an "all device" label is trivial). I think the best practice in the future is to disable the patch schedule. Even if Dell says it's expected it still sounds like a bug... since, y'know, nothing doesn't mean everything.
      • i should have known enough to just kill the schedule. and I should have believed it when it said it would deploy to all devices. But it makes no sense to have a "Deploy to All Devices" checkbox if unchecking it really has no effect. Yes, nothing doesn't mean everything! btw, I opened a ticket w/Dell and am expecting a call back.
 
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