Faronics Deploy will keep applications up-to-date and has options to push immediate application updates to computers.
Using a policy in Faronics Deploy presents options to automate all applications, schedule application updates, and version freeze applications.
A Policy is used to dictate which application updates are automated, scheduled, or frozen.
Using the Semi-Automatic mode will ensure that applications update whenever a new version is released.
Create New Windows Policy to perform a Semi-Automatic Update
1. Select the Control Grid tab on the top menu bar.
2. Navigate to the Policies tab.
3. Click the CREATE NEW POLICY drop-down on the top right of the screen.
4. Select WINDOWS POLICY or MAC POLICY, depending on which OS you need (WINDOWS in this example).
Configure General Settings for the Policy
5. Enter a name for the Policy.
6. Select Semi-Automatic from the Update Mode drop-down list.
7. Select a Schedule Mode, either Specify a schedule or Once a day.
- Specifying a schedule allows you to select the days on which the policy will run and the scheduled start time.
- Specifying Once a day offers you an option of how many minutes after the machine boots to wait before entering maintenance mode.
8. Enable or Disable the Allow Snooze by checking/unchecking the box next to it.
9. Enable or Disable the password check box; this is to protect against uninstalling the Deploy Agent.
10. If your computer(s) require a proxy to reach the Deploy cloud server, check the Enable Proxy box and enter the Address, Port, User Authentication as needed.
11. Click the Applications section in the Policy window to change how an application updates.
Clicking in the corresponding update grid for an application will change the update method, e.g., if the application Mozilla Firefox is currently set to Automatic Update, then you could change it to manual update by clicking the corresponding grid in the Manual Update column.
Windows Updates Configuration
12. Click the Windows section in the Policy window to change how the Windows Updates are configured.
13. Enable/Disable the management of Windows Updates by checking/unchecking the box
14. If Enabling the Windows Updates, select the grids next to the Windows Update Type to enable it. If it has a green tick it is already enabled; clicking the grid will disable it.
15. Check the Allow user to defer reboot (if required) up to box to allow up to 4 reboots before forcing updates.
16. Check the Force auto reboot prior to installation if user is logged in if you require this feature.
17. The Download and keep Windows Update ready when available is selected by default; check it if you do not wish to always download the latest version and have it ready.
18. Select the Patch Scan Frequency drop-down list and pick either every 6, 12, or 24 hours.
Additional Settings for Windows 10 Updates
19. Choose when updates are installed - Choose the branch readiness level to determine when feature updates are installed.
"Semi Annual Channel (Targeted)" means the update is ready for most people, and "Semi Annual Channel" means it is ready for widespread use in organizations.
20. Select Feature Update Deferral - A feature update includes new capabilities and improvements. You can choose how many days you would like to defer it by. Select 0-365 days.
21. Select Quality Update Referal - A quality update includes security improvements. You can choose how many days you would like to defer it by. Select 0-30 days.
Configure Anti-Virus, Firewall and Computer Settings
22. To enable the anti-virus, click the ENABLE ANTI-VIRUS button.
23. Configure the Anti-Virus, Firewall Protection, and Computer Settings as required.
24. Click the SAVE button.
The Policy has now been created.