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ctcc-dave
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Scheduling client tasks around Patch Tuesday

With more McAfee products releasing updates around Super Tuesday, is there a way to schedule client tasks around this date? Specifically I would like to schedule the Saturday or the second Saturday after the second Tuesday.
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Re: Scheduling client tasks around Patch Tuesday

For OnDemand Scan: https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB74059

McAfee strongly recommends that you schedule on-demand scans at these intervals:

Daily - During a major malware outbreak
Weekly - Provides good protection
Monthly - Decent protection, with risk

For DAT file update : https://community.mcafee.com/t5/ePolicy-Orchestrator/DAT-file-deployment-schedule-Best-practices/td-...

 

Hourly — To run the update on the selected hours.
Daily — To run the update daily at a specific time.
Weekly — To run the update weekly at a specified time on weekdays.
Monthly — To run the update once in a month at a specified time.

So, depending on your requirements - you may want to test weekly or monthly -

 

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Re: Scheduling client tasks around Patch Tuesday

 

I am specifically looking for a method to deploy or update software tasks on servers around patch Tuesday. 

 

The first Saturday after patch Tuesday is the third Saturday of the month while next month this would be the second Saturday.

 

This does not seem to currently fit with the weekly or monthly scheduling options.

 

 

Dave

 

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Re: Scheduling client tasks around Patch Tuesday

Question regarding "deploy or update software tasks on servers" - what are you trying to deploy only once a month?

I have DATS go out 24-48, Product updates (patch, hotfix so on) are planned / deployed to a test enviroment first before going into production. 

 

 

 

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Our DATs are updated daily.  The software hotfixes/patches/product updates would be deployed once a month when the servers are rebooted for the Windows Updates schedule.

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Re: Scheduling client tasks around Patch Tuesday

Ok, that makes sense - the couple of environments that I've been in - first goes to test; confirm that it doesn't break anything - after that stage has been confirmed/signed off - release with the next DAT update (which are randomized so not to flood the network).

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Re: Scheduling client tasks around Patch Tuesday

Patch Tuesday is typically the 2nd and sometimes 4th tuesday of the month.  You can schedule a once a month update for those the day before your Windows updates would be deployed so as to not interfere with any Windows updates, and so that the systems would not miss the reboot cycle.

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Re: Scheduling client tasks around Patch Tuesday

I have a group of test servers that would run the windows updates the Saturday after patch Tuesday.  Sometimes this is the second Saturday and sometimes it is the third Saturday.   I would like to run the McAfee updates on that Saturday for those test servers. 

There are more servers that would run the windows updates the second Saturday after Patch Tuesday.  These would be scheduled for the McAfee updates at that time.

Within the current scheduling options, I do not see a method to schedule client tasks to meet these time frames.

 

 

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Re: Scheduling client tasks around Patch Tuesday

See screenshot below - you can set up a second task to run on selected systems also on the 4th saturday.

 

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