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A deployment task won't install the software if it's already installed.
If your really worried create a new group in your system tree and apply a client task to just that group. Move the stragglers into that group and wait for them to update and move them back when done.
Okie dokie, then. Moving the stragglers to a separate group probably woudn't do me much good, but knowing that the deploy task won't overwrite something already there is a good thing. Thanks!
In EPO 5.x you can create Tasks and combine them with TAGS which are assigned to systems.
for instance, the deployment task will only run on systems if they match the corresponding TAG even the task has been assigned to a whole group of systems. But the combination with the TAGS decides if the Task will run on a system or not.