Scheduling Patch Scans Using the Run Operation Dialog

Note: This dialog may also be used to schedule asset operations and power tasks.

When you initiate a patch operation from a machine group, from a favorite, or from Machine View, the Run Operation dialog is displayed. This dialog enables you to specify if the operation should run now or be scheduled for a future time or date.

Note: Make sure you assign credentials for all machines involved in the scheduled scan.


1. Name this operation (optional)

Enables you to provide a unique name for the operation. By default the name of the machine group or favorite used to initiate the operation will be used. The name is displayed in several locations: Scheduled Task Manager, Operations Monitor, the Results pane, the Scan View scan summary, and in Manage Items.

2. Select/confirm targets

This list is a reminder of the machine group(s) that will be affected by the operation. If the wrong group is listed, click Cancel and re-initiate the operation using the correct group.

3. Select schedule

There are three scheduling options:

  • Now runs the operation as soon as the Scan now or Run button is clicked.  

  • Once indicates that the operation will be run once at the day and time selected.

  • Recurring allows an administrator to regularly schedule operations at a specific time and using a specified recurrence pattern.  For example, using this option, an operation could be run every night at midnight, or every Saturday at 9 PM, every weekday at 11 PM, or at any other user selected time and interval.

4. Select/confirm operation

Enables you to select or confirm the patch scan template you want to use when performing the operation.

When a patch template is selected, this area also contains the following automatic patch deployment options:

  • Auto-deploy patches after scan, if enabled, allows you to choose how and when the patch deployment will occur.

  • The Deployment Template box contains a list of the deployment templates that can be used in conjunction with this scan.

  • The Deploy When options let you specify when the deployment should occur. Deployment can be scheduled to begin immediately after the scan by choosing Install Immediately or at a later day and time by choosing Schedule at.  If you wish to copy the selected patch(es) to the remote machine (along with a deployment batch file) but do not wish to install the patches, you may choose the Copy patch installations only (no automatic execution) option. You may then execute the batch file yourself from the console of the remote machine(s).

When the desired options are selected, click Scan now or Run (if Now is selected) or Schedule (if Once or Recurring is selected).

Note: The default credentials are only used to schedule the operation on the console machine. The default credentials are (typically) different from the machine-level credentials that are used to perform the actual operations on the target machines.