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    Windows deployment/patch management that doesn't cost an arm & a leg?

    I need a deployment & patch management tool for a small group of Win7 PC's (about 80). I've been imaging them with FOG which works fine, but it's monolithic and I need something more flexible that can do scheduled deployments, driver & BIOS upgrades, 3rd-party app installs, printer settings, etc. Reporting capabilities (including software metering) would be handy as well.

    There are a ton of options out there, and many of them are probably overkill for an installation of our size. What do people like for this? SCCM, LanDesk, WinInstall, etc?

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    Wds, mdt and wsus on a single server would do this fine.

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    @SYNACK would do most of it not sure about bios upgrades?

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    Didn't see about the bios updates, you can package some depending on the vendor.

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    Pdqdeploy and pdq inventory should work. You can script Intel bios updates.

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    Ability to push BIOS upgrades isn't a dealbreaker but it would be helpful. More concerned about the other stuff.

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    MDT, WDS, and WSUS will handle the imaging and microsoft updates, you can also push some software updates with group policy.

    +1 for PDQ with the pro version you can schedule deployments, and have multi step installers. PDQ is also not limited to MSI, if you can do it silently from the command line, PDQ will do it.

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    Apparently the new Impero does most of that, getting it Wednesday. Will let you know.

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    d/l and installed pdq and even in the free version I have to say it's a very handy tool.

    The firewall requirements for printer and file sharing on the workstations is a bit of a worry but as long as the exceptions are deployed with relevant controls i.e access from specific ip's only it's not so bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattianuk View Post
    Apparently the new Impero does most of that, getting it Wednesday. Will let you know.
    Public release or private?

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    There's a real gap in the market for something that could do Adobe, Java etc patches slickly and not at a mammoth price. If I could code I'd love to do something that mimics the update servers for said evil products but caches the updates locally... then you just repoint your DNS records to the local server rather than Internet... patching sorted

    So many solutions want to cover the MS patches (why put all that effort in when WSUS does it fine?) then charge an arm and a leg for the small bit of functionality you do want. Problem is they spend so much time working on the MS side that the 3rd party stuff is done badly (Java, Flash updaters not checking for open browsers and so on) and doesn't end up offering much more value than doing it manually yourself :-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    There's a real gap in the market for something that could do Adobe, Java etc patches slickly and not at a mammoth price.
    You looked at Local Updates Publisher? Local Update Publisher
    Also if you are using SCCM you can use SCUP System Center Updates Publisher

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    You looked at Local Updates Publisher? Local Update Publisher
    Also if you are using SCCM you can use SCUP System Center Updates Publisher
    Ye one of our techies found it, looks like it hasn't been developed in a while though...

    We're on Zenworks which makes things more interesting, they do a patch management solution but it ain't cheap (MS bribery works wonders for their market share )

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    Quote Originally Posted by MordyT View Post
    Public release or private?
    Hopefully we are releasing public version of 4 this week (if nothing major happens today).

    Russell

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    WinInstall may be the thing I need - testing it this week. $24 / seat which isn't too bad.

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