Systems Management Question

Detect and Deploy advice ?

01/12/2016 549 views
People keep telling me to create a label when I detect and deploy my machines.
I basically want every patch detected and deployed so wouldn't I just choose detect and deploy (all) ?
Why would anyone create a label when the basis of K1000 is to have everything up to date ?

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There are many reasons and scenarios that justify the usage of a label.
First of all I assume you're referring to the Patch Manager.
There are two kind of labels that you can use here:
  • Device Labels
  • Patch Labels
Device labels are useful to differentiate the devices: you may want to create more than one Detect and Deploy job with different reboot policies: one for servers and one for client machines...

Patch Labels are useful to differentiate the patches you like to apply: not all the time you want to apply all the possible patches: you may want for example to create a job that runs every day to detect and deploy only the Critical patches and only once a week or once every two weeks a job to take care of all the other patches.
Another usage example is to exclude patches that you do not like...or you know that they can create troubles on your environment.

Detecting and patching every single patches all the days it could a bit too extreme approach...
 Kind regards,
Marco - StockTrader
Answered 01/12/2016 by: StockTrader
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The above answer is correct in every way, however to answer your question there is nothing stopping you ticking the boxes to detect all, deploy all and to all machines. This will work, however I liken it to "trying to paint a room by placing a stick of dynamite in a paint pot", so to avoid unnecessary volumes of data moving around your network and also to allow you a little more control, the creation of both patch and machine labels for patch distribution will provide you with more control
Answered 01/12/2016 by: Hobbsy
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