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How does my computer get Updates from EPO?

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Hi everyone....I'm confused. Can someone explain to me the difference between

1. Client Task Catalog --> Product Update --> Update Task

task.png

 

 

2. Updates tab under General McAfee Agent Policy

agent policy.png

 

 

 

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Re: How does my computer get Updates from EPO?

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Hi clicnam,

I'm no expert but my understanding is as follows.  If i'm wrong i'm sure someone will correct me.

The agent policy (number 2 in your list) defines what the agent is 'allowed' to update and which branch to pull the updates from.

The Task (number 1 in your list) defines what will actually be updated by the task.

For example, if everything is ticked in the agent but there is no task then it won't be updated.  Likewise, a task to do an update won't happen if that isn't allowed (i.e. ticked) in the agent.

This allows you to have different update tasks for different products at different frequencies (for example, you might want a task to do DAT updates run more frequently than a service pack update).  Also, you can use the branch option in the agent policy to do updates to Evaluation versions of software and then apply that agent policy to a group of test machines.

Hope that helps

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Hi clicnam,

I'm no expert but my understanding is as follows.  If i'm wrong i'm sure someone will correct me.

The agent policy (number 2 in your list) defines what the agent is 'allowed' to update and which branch to pull the updates from.

The Task (number 1 in your list) defines what will actually be updated by the task.

For example, if everything is ticked in the agent but there is no task then it won't be updated.  Likewise, a task to do an update won't happen if that isn't allowed (i.e. ticked) in the agent.

This allows you to have different update tasks for different products at different frequencies (for example, you might want a task to do DAT updates run more frequently than a service pack update).  Also, you can use the branch option in the agent policy to do updates to Evaluation versions of software and then apply that agent policy to a group of test machines.

Hope that helps

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Re: How does my computer get Updates from EPO?

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Trevora, your understanding is correct.  The first screenshot is a task, while the other is a policy.  Policies are defined settings for how you define the product to work, while the client task is a task that runs on the client to take some kind of action.

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Re: How does my computer get Updates from EPO?

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Hi clicnam,

 

Me not expert too in McAfee ePO but try to share my understanding during my daily exploring and administration. 

 

The procedure to create task is correct. Then you should create group under System Tree to group all endpoint computers. For example either by department or by function. Then assign this update task to relevant groups and this should apply this Client Task to all computer assigned.

 

Hope this help.

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