Repository Preferences Page

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Repository Preferences Page

The repository is simply a directory where you can centrally store files used in your PDQ Deploy packages.

It is referenced as a system variable within the application, allowing it to be used in multiple places and changed in only one. The variable $(Repository) can be used in any package install file name. This variable name is not case sensitive. For example, with the repository set to \\FileServer\Deploy\Packages, a package install file name of $(Repository)\Adobe\Flash.msi will expand to \\FileServer\Deploy\Packages\Adobe\Flash.msi.

IMPORTANT: While the repository can be any directory, it's necessary to use a UNC path if you're using pull copy mode so that the target computers are able to read from it. You must also use a UNC path if you are sharing the repository with multiple administrators.

To access the Repository settings page, click File > Preferences (or press Ctrl+Comma) and select Repository in the Preferences window.




Defines the location of the repository directory. The default directory is %Public%\Documents\Admin Arsenal\PDQ Deploy\Repository. You can change the location of the repository by typing in a local path, a UNC path, or by clicking the file picker button to select a new location. Click the Open Directory Location button to view the location of the file.

The structure of the repository directory isn't enforced in any way, you can organize it however you wish. When you make a change to the directory, the new directory is tested to ensure that the Background Service can see the directory. Any errors display below.

NOTE: All packages imported from the Package Library are placed in the $(Repository).

IMPORTANT: If you change the Repository location, you must move all existing folders and files to the new location.

For a demonstration of changing the Repository location, see the following video.

VIDEO: Moving Your PDQ Deploy Package Repository



Repository Cleanup

(Pro or Enterprise mode required.)


Show Unused Files Warning in Status bar

Enables a link showing the number of unused files in the Status bar of the Main Console. This is enabled by default.

NOTE: The link will not be displayed in the Status bar until the number of unused files is 20 or greater.

See Unused Files and Exclusions

Opens the Repository Cleanup window that allows you to delete those files that are no longer of use. The Exclusions window can be opened from the Repository Cleanup window. Click the Open Directory Location button to view the location of the file.

WARNING: If you are sharing a repository, doing a cleanup is not recommended unless all users are actively using the same packages. The cleanup may show other user's package files as unused and deleting these files will cause other user's deployments to fail because of missing package files.


List of all files and directories that have been excluded from cleanup. This list only appears once exclusions have been add in the Repository Cleanup window.




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