Scheduling an Application deployment to a collection.

Hello, I am deploying few applications to a numerous collection.  These applications are deployed with Required option which means application automatically deploys hidden.  My question is which option should I set up in Scheduling or how do I setup scheduling when deploying to make sure following.

  1.       Applications should get deployed only and only after 10 PM every night.
  2.       Every time when I add a new collection to this deployment they do get application installed every night at 10 PM.

P.S:  The reason I am asking this question is because I keep getting error Past Due, if I setup scheduling e.g at 10 PM tonight, existing computer will get deployment however any new computer added to collection after 10 PM will generate Pas Due error.

Any help will be deeply appreciated.

May 23rd, 2015 8:49am

You can use maintenance windows to restrict when deployments are enforced on a system basis.

"Past Due" is not a error. It means exactly what it says; it does not mean the deployment will not enforced, just that the deadline time is in the past and the client has yet to enforce it (but it will).

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May 23rd, 2015 9:12am

Does this means if e.g an application is scheduled to be deployed on '22nd of May' at maintenance window between 9pm to 2 AM.... the deployment will go successful. However what if i am adding more and more computer on daily basis to same deployment and i want these new computers to get the same deployment between 9pm to 2AM as on daily basis as well. How do i configure it, because i am getting 'Pas due' error once i add more computers. I am definitely doing a mistake somewhere while setting up scheduling.

Sorry if i am confusing you.

May 23rd, 2015 9:27am

Applications aren't deployed *at* a specific time. Applications are deployed with a deadline meaning that after are considered Required after that deadline which in turn means that that's when the agent will automatically start to try to enforce the deployment. If a MW is in effect for a client though, then the client agent will wait until the next available MW after the deadline to enforce the deployment.
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May 23rd, 2015 9:58am

Thanks for your answers and I apologize as I am still confused.

I have a collection of devices and they all will get Application as REQUIRED option. There is no MW in place for this collection or any other collection. On daily basis I will be adding more devices collection & Devices to this deployment. My simple question is.

Which option in Scheduling should I be configuring to make sure new devices get application daily when I add them to this deployment, considering I want them to have this application installed between 9 Pm to 6 AM.

Should I choose the option

a) 'Schedule the application to be available at' e.g 10 PM on 22nd May, 2015 ? and than when new devices will be added on 30th of May 2015 will get the installation around 10 PM as well?

b) should i choose 'schedule at' e.g 10 PM on 22nd May 2015 and than when new devices will be added on 30th of may 2015 will get installationaround 10 PM as well?

Once again i am extremely sorry for confusing you. 

May 23rd, 2015 11:04am

You can only limit deployment enforcement through the use of MWs. No MW = no restriction so there is no way for you to fulfill this requirement without the use of MWs -- that's why I mentioned them in my original answer.

The exact time a system enforces a deployment has little to do with the deadline time. As mentioned, the deadline time is simply the time when enforcement becomes of a deployment mandatory (aka required) on targeted systems. Systems added to the targeted collection will receive the deployment already in a mandatory (aka required) state and will thus enforce the deployment as soon as possible. If MWs are involved, then it will enforce the deployment as soon as the next MW opens.

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May 23rd, 2015 11:38am

Thanks for clarifying my question with explicit details. Much appreciated.

Just curious to know if there is NO MW in place and Scheduling is set for the application to be available at '21st of may 2015 at 3:58 PM', Will deployment will kick in after 3:58 PM once the 'Machine policy refreshes'? Our business hours on machines are set to be 9 - 7PM.

May 23rd, 2015 12:07pm

Don't confuse the "available" time with the deadline time. They are two different things.

Deployment enforcement is not initiated by machine policy.

Machine policy will deliver the deployment details to the client after the available time specified and until a client receives the deployment details, it can't act upon that deployment. So, the machine policy must be retrieved at least once on a system after the deployment's available time for it to be enforced -- otherwise the client has no idea that the deployment exists. But as mentioned, this does not in any way trigger the enforcement itself, just knowledge of the deployment. "Knowing is half the battle".

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May 23rd, 2015 12:27pm

You are a top star, Thanks for all your help.
May 23rd, 2015 1:27pm

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