Systems Management Question

How do you randomize the start time for a deployment schedule?

10/12/2016 787 views
Has anyone figured out how to make the Kace appliance randomize the start time for individual servers within a deploy schedule? 

We are patching virtual servers by environment,  and when a bunch of them reboot at the same time, it appears to be overloading the SAN and some of them occasionally hang at the bootloader before windows starts loading.  Other systems I have used (BigFix, for example) have a checkbox in the schedule definition that randomizes the start time for each computer within a window (+/- 2 minutes, for example) to reduce the load from everything trying to reboot at the same time.

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  • If they are all in the same schedule, there is no way to change that.. I mean there is a delay option there but it will affect all devices inside your label...

    That randomize thing from BigFix could be interesting, you might want to add this to the Kace Uservoice portal: https://kace.uservoice.com/

    The only way out.. as a workaround of course, is to create 2 or 3 schedules, with 30-0 minutes (for example) of space between execution dates.

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