We have recently implemented a new ePO 4.5 system within our corporate LAN/WAN, for 6000+ endpoints and several hundred servers. This was implemented with VS 8.7 p1, upgrading endpoints from VS 7.1 and VS 8.5 p0. All functions have been working very well during rollout to approximately 1/4 of the estate so far. As we are using e-directory and Zenworks currently, I am deploying the ePO Agent 4 via Novell rather than ePO, prior to our future migration to a MS solution. Therefore, the ePO system tree has been manually created, rather than LDAP.
As mentioned, client tasks are running well, rolling the endpoints up to VS 8.7 p1, applying policies, SDAT's etc and a good level of reporting. We recently noticed VS 8.7 p2 and ePO Agent 4.5 were available, so I created a test container and disabled the ePO Agent update client task from the root of the tree. As we started with VS 8.7 RPL1, we had no hotfix task present to auto update patches/service packs. I then dutifully checked the new ePO agent and hotfix into the current branch (yes I know this wasn't the best strategy, but you live and learn) and tested virtual desktops against the new software.
It was at this point I noticed that ePO Agent 4.5 had probably been deployed to about 1000+ endpoints and that patch 2 was being deployed, despite any client tasks referring to these being disabled. This wasn't really an issue on our LAN, but we have many WAN sites with high seat density and moderate bandwidth, which had and will continue to have a high impact for events of this type.
Therefore, do these types of software simply deploy with no client task assigned? Or have I simply missed some other finer point of ePO 4.5?
As stated before, no tasks were set to deploy the new agent (and no other tasks had this enabled incidently). Similarly, no tasks were set to deploy the patch and the SDAT task did not have the patch/service pack option ticked.
Finally, if this is some sort of client task corruption with the current tasks, would it be preferrable to simply delete all current tasks and recreate them from scratch?
Thanks in advance for any assistance.
Message was edited by: Andrew Elliott on 11/28/09 6:44 AM