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Types of Deployments
There are several different ways to deploy packages with PDQ Deploy. You can deploy immediately (manual), schedule deployments for later or at specified intervals, schedule auto deployments for updated packages from the Package Library, or create deployments to deal with offline target computers.
There are several PDQ Deploy features that you can use to handle deployments to target computers that are offline: Heartbeat schedules, the Retry Queue, and the Wake-on-LAN option.
The following topics provide brief descriptions for each type of deployment and links to the sections that describe each in detail.
Use Deploy Once to manually deploy a single package or deploy multiple packages immediately. This is the only deployment method available for PDQ Deploy in free mode. (In Enterprise mode, use Deploy Once to manually deploy an Auto Deployment package.)
Scheduled Deployment is the method generally used for most deployments. (Pro or Enterprise mode required.) PDQ Deploy schedules allow you to deploy one or more packages once at a specified time, or multiple times at specified intervals in the future.
Auto Deployment is a type of scheduled deployment that allows you to automatically deploy new versions of packages as they become available in the PDQ Deploy Package Library, as well as add additional steps before or after the deployment. (Enterprise mode required.)
Heartbeat is a PDQ Deploy schedule trigger that deploys packages to target computers when their status changes from offline to online. (Requires Pro or Enterprise mode for both PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory.)
Target computers that are offline during a deployment can be automatically placed in the Retry Queue. (Enterprise mode required.) PDQ Deploy retries deployments to target computers in the queue according to your settings.
You can use the Wake-on-LAN (WOL) option to start up offline target computers before deployments. (Pro or Enterprise mode required.)
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