Announcing PDQ Inventory 6 Beta Release

Posted by Annalisa Williams

May 21, 2015 2:48:50 PM

PDQ Inventory 6 is now in the final public beta! To get the beta in PDQ Inventory, go to Preferences > Auto Update and check the box to include betas in upgrade checks. After that you will be able to download the beta by clicking in either the right corner to download the latest version or go to Help > Check for Update.

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Topics: pdq inventory

Fix the Adobe Reader Zero-Day

Posted by Annalisa Williams

May 12, 2015 11:18:00 AM

If you have older versions of Reader or Acrobat (either version 10 or 11), we strongly advise you deploy the updated version right away to protect your computers against the APSB15-10 vulnerability. (There is also a critical update for Adobe Flash [APSB15-09] that has critical security patches. The solutions below can applied the same way)

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Topics: adobe reader

Silently Uninstall Office 2010

Posted by Annalisa Williams

May 7, 2015 1:07:00 PM

Let's get Microsoft Office uninstalled. For this example, we are going to silently uninstall Office 2010, but the steps for uninstalling other editions of Office are very similar. You'll be able to see where to look for critical information to uninstall various versions of Office. 

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Topics: microsoft office

Using xcopy for a Single File

Posted by Annalisa Williams

May 5, 2015 1:00:02 PM

So, you need a file to go out to multiple computers. The command xcopy is an easy way to copy files to multiple computers quickly, or you can also use the "File Copy" step within your PDQ Deploy Pro or Enterprise console to copy a single file. 

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Using Custom Items to Track Unique Data

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Apr 30, 2015 4:55:00 PM

Scanning for applications and hardware is fairly simple. But what if you have something unique that's a little harder to keep track of? Whatever it is, there is a good chance that with a little planning you can track it by creating a custom item.

What are Custom Items?

Custom items (soon to be called Custom Fields in the upcoming release PDQ Inventory 6) allow you to collect information on your computers that might otherwise be difficult to track using conventional methods. Below is a screenshot of a sample Custom Items panel with some ideas of data you could potentially track. 

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PDQ Deploy 6 Now Available

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Apr 29, 2015 9:44:57 AM

PDQ Deploy 6 is now available, to update your console click the "A new version is available" link in the lower right side, from there you'll be able to click "Download and Install Now" to update. 

Note: If your PDQ Deploy license is expired, you'll need to renew it before you will be able to update to get the latest features. 

What's New?

New Steps for Packages

Access to all the different steps are now under a New Step button. You'll also notice some new steps in PDQ Deploy 6. 

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Topics: pdq deploy

Silently Uninstall Flash Player

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Apr 23, 2015 12:30:00 PM

You can silently uninstall Flash Player relatively easily. Flash provides an uninstaller you can download which covers both 32 and 64-bit installations. You can get it here. While that's handy dandy for uninstalling from your own machine, let's take it one step further and make it easy to uninstall from any or all of your company's machines. You can also import the pre-made, ready-to-rumble Uninstall Adobe Flash Player package from the PDQ Deploy Package Library.

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Topics: Adobe Flash

Silently Install Adobe Reader DC

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Apr 21, 2015 2:43:24 PM

Adobe Reader saw some significant changes with its latest release. Let's try and break it down. Adobe Reader DC (Document Cloud) is the update and upgrade for Adobe Reader 11... but that's not all. There are two tracks of Adobe Reader (with two different installation files) called Continuous and Classic.

Choosing Between Continuous and Classic

The Package Library is a great resource to silently install Adobe Reader DC (and many other things). Literally all you need to do is select your choice of package (select Adobe Reader DC for the continuous track, or for the classic track (preferable) Adobe Reader DC (Classic) to import and you're ready to deploy to your computers. 

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Enabling/Disabling Java (NPAPI) in Google Chrome by Using the Registry

Posted by Kris Powell

Apr 16, 2015 12:38:00 PM

Note: Watch Shane and Lex explain how to enable the Java plugin in Chrome in their recent webcast.

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Topics: powershell

Manage Java's Control Panel and Exception Site List

Posted by Shane Corellian

Apr 7, 2015 11:06:41 AM

We all know how easy it is to deploy Java to all of our computers using PDQ Deploy. If you would like a refresher you can watch this video where we deploy Java 8.

Managing Java's Control Panel and Exception site list from a single source is not only possible, but totally do-able and you can also use PDQ Deploy to help you do this. Let's manage the Java 8 control panel and exception site list from a single source. To do this, in addition to your own customized properties file, you'll need two additional files. 

Create a deployment.config File

A default file, located in a User's profile is where the control panel and exception site list are usually managed. However, this is only on a per-user basis. This is not too helpful to a sys admin needing to manage multiple computers or maintain standard settings across their enterprise. 

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Topics: java

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