Scheduling and Configuring a Deployment

When a patch deployment is initiated the Deployment Configuration dialog is displayed. This dialog enables you to specify exactly when and how the patches will be deployed.



Deploy To

Indicates how many patches are being deployed and to how many machines.

Deploy How

Specify the deployment template you want to use. There are two buttons associated with this field:

  • New: Enables you to create a new deployment template.
  • Edit: Enables you to permanently modify the selected deployment template.
  • The default templates (Agent Standard, Standard, and Virtual Machine Standard) cannot be modified. Clicking Edit lets you view but not change the default templates.

Disk space requirement

Provides status information about the patches that will be deployed.

Stage deployment package

Specify when you want the patches to be staged. The staging steps include creating the deployment package and copying the package to the target machine. Your options are:

  • Now: The staging process will begin right after you click Deploy.
  • Schedule at: Enables you to choose the date and time at which the staging process will occur.

Execute deployment package

Specify when you want to deploy the staged patches. Your options are:

  • Do not schedule execution: Choose this option if you do not want Security Controls to deploy the staged patches. You might choose this option if you want to manually start the patch installation at the remote machines at a later time.
  • You have two options for deploying the patches after they are copied to the target machines:

    • Deploy from the console: Initiate the deployment using any of the standard methods. The deployment process will be faster than normal because the patch files have already been downloaded and copied to the target machines.
    • Deploy from the remote machine: On the remote machine, go to the C:/Windows/ProPatches/Staged/<timestamp>/ directory and execute the batch file named InstallPatches-#.bat.
  • Install the patch(es): There are three options for installing patches.
    • Immediately after staging: The staged patches are installed immediately on the target machine.
    • Schedule at: The staged patches are installed on the target machine at the time of your choosing.
    • Install at next reboot (no login required): The staged patch files will not begin until the next time the target machine is restarted.

    Offline hosted virtual machines are the exception, for them the deployment process will begin immediately. For more details see Deploying Patches to Virtual Machines.

Reboot How

Displays the current reboot instructions defined by the selected template.


If available, provides additional information about one or more of the patches selected for deployment.

Show only non-automatic downloads

If available, enables you to modify the information in the Patches to deploy grid so that the only patches displayed are those that must be manually downloaded.

Patches to deploy

Displays detailed information about the machines and the patches selected for deployment.


When you are ready to deploy your patches using the selected deployment options, click this button. If the target machines will reboot as part of the deployment process, the button name will change to Deploy (machines will reboot); this serves as a reminder about the upcoming reboots.