You have an RFI or other comparison model you would like to complete in order to evaluate Admin Arsenal’s PDQ Products.
The information below is considered accurate through September 2016.
A: We report on patches and hotfixes that are installed, but we do not report on what has not been installed or any of the security designations for the patches. While collections and reports can be created to show patch/hotfix status, we are not a Windows Update/Patch service and are not able to run an automatic comparison between what is installed and what ought to be installed.
A: Not at the time of this writing (2016-09-12). A web-based client is something we are pursuing, though no timeline has been expressed for when this might be implemented. As for user vs. administrative functionality, we do not offer that distinction. Our product needs to be run with administrative privileges and therefore does not have non-administrative functionality.
A: Yes. In addition to the above products, we also support managing Windows Server 2008x and 2012x. For more information, see our System Requirements page: http://www.adminarsenal.com/system-requirements/
A: Yes. packages available in the Package Library are up-to-date, fully constructed, tested to run silently, and ready to deploy. However, it is encouraged that the release/deployment notes are reviewed for each package prior to deployment, as certain environmental/application conditions may result in unexpected deployment behavior.
Q: Do you provide support if there is an issue installing one of the updates?
A: Yes. Currently we are priced for email support only. Enterprise licensed customers receive priority support, Pro licensed customers receive normal priority support, and Free customers receive support, but with no priority.
A: We do not provide one-on-one demonstrations, however, we have a vast library of tutorials and demonstration videos on our YouTube page that are constantly updated https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHDu-gSMmCaviRiKdo4EL9A. Every Thursday we also host a live webcast that goes over various portions of the products.
We do also offer a free 14-day trial. A trial does not require a credit card or a lengthy registration process. We don’t pester you or spam you, and we keep your information private. We are all, or have been, system administrators, so we understand that not adding one more sales call or spam message is a good thing.
A: Requirements can be found here: http://www.adminarsenal.com/system-requirements/
A: One of the benefits of our product is that it is agent-less. We are looking into introducing an agent in the near future as an optional component for those that would like, or are required to have, an agent.
A: Since products differ, this would be a more or less subjective comparison depending on what’s most important to you. We recommend you get a free Enterprise Trial and test out the product to see how our products stack up against the competition in doing what it is you need or want to do.
A: Testimonials can be found on the homepage of our website as well as here http://www.adminarsenal.com/testimonials/ . From this page, you can click the link to see Spiceworks reviews and we also have a Reddit channel that has user feedback and ratings.
A: Yes, these are our most used packages and we offer so much more. A full list of the available packages can be seen here: http://www.adminarsenal.com/package-library-list/
A: We have a document detailing the process our software uses here: https://adminarsenal.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/220509287
A: Generally within a few hours and rarely over 12.
A: Yes, you have full control over what is or is not patched. Alternatively, with Auto Deployment, you can have software patches silently deploy automatically, removing any need for manual intervention.
A: With an Enterprise license, previous versions of packages can be downloaded and deployed. However, in some cases, you would need to uninstall the latest patch/application first.
A: Yes. This is automatically taken care of in in the majority of our Package Library applications.
A: Yes, we have schedules as well as other performance options, such as number of concurrent deployments, that allow you to make tweaks that will optimize deployments to work best within your environment.
A: We currently offer email support for all customers. Enterprise licensed customers have priority support, Pro licensed customers have normal priority support, and Free customers receive support with no priority. We also have product documentation, http://www.adminarsenal.com/documentation/; our support site, which includes Knowledge Base articles with a Community forum, https://adminarsenal.zendesk.com/hc/en-us; and videos that cover most of the major program features, https://adminarsenal.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/202839567 (or here: https://www.youtube.com/user/AdminArsenal. Every Thursday, we also host a live webcast to review various topics where users can have their questions answered live.
A: Our licensing model is simple. We license per administrator, per product, that will be accessing each product, either via the console or command line. More information on how we license can be obtained here: http://www.adminarsenal.com/licensing/
A: Our products include the SQL database and application (we use SQLite 3, https://www.sqlite.org/). No additional database installations are necessary. For a list of other requirements, please see this page, http://www.adminarsenal.com/system-requirements/.
A: The upgrade process is simple. Download and install the program executable and within the preferences you can turn on Update Alerts so the Status bar will display alerts when new product updates are available for download. Additionally, you can sign up for email updates when new versions are released.
We generally release product upgrades once a month for either product, for a total of six upgrades per product (PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory) per year. Additionally, you can participate in the Betas that are released prior to every new version.
A: Yes, this can be done in a number of ways; groups of target computers can be chosen individually from Active Directory, PDQ Inventory, Spiceworks, a Target List, or even a text file.Additionally, and even more intuitively, deployments can be linked to groups of computers so they always have the most recent membership in that group, such as Active Directory Containers, Spiceworks Groups, and even PDQ Inventory Collections.
Using Auto Deployments, package targets are Dynamic Collections (usually within the Collection Library). Deployments will occur automatically when package updates become available and will update machines that are automicatically (dynamically) placed in the "<collectionname> (Old)" collection.
A: Passwords are currently the only form of supported authentication. We use industry standard AES encryption with three separate keys to keep your data safe. One key is built into the application; one key is stored in the database; and the third is stored in the registry. These last two keys are generated when the application is installed and are unique to your system.
A: For console <-> target communications, Server Message Block (SMB) and AD authentication is used. We use industry standard AES encryption with three separate keys to keep your data safe. One key is built into the application; one key is stored in the database; and the third is stored in the registry. These last two keys are generated when the application is installed and are unique to your system.
A: Since all users, even service accounts, of PDQ Inventory or PDQ Deploy are regular users, the password policy is defined by either the local security policy or the enforced AD policy.
A: We constantly test for vulnerabilities. This is part of our QA process.
A: Customers would receive email notifications, notifications within the product, and be advised by subscription or website.
A: Currently we only report to the Event Viewer (Applications log). We do keep a database of log entries so it could be possible to use SIM or syslog to capture that information, but that is beyond the scope of support.
A: Yes. Some of these are automatic, such as the Collection Library which can be quickly and painlessly turned into reports, and the remainder can be configured.
A: As unmanaged devices, they can still be part of the database and would therefore be susceptible to reporting. Unmanaged devices can be excluded as well. We only collect a minimal amount of information on non-Windows devices. Some information can be included by manually importing the information into Inventory.
A: Yes. You can generate these reports using a vast array of filtering criteria and variables. Except in the case of the Collection Library, we don’t access any cloud or vendor to poll current versions of software. This can be done by the administrator, however, and can be streamlined to almost ridiculous levels.
A: Yes. Since a scan requires communication between the PDQ console and the target computer, reports and/or collections can be configured to capture communication (e.g. online or offline) status.
A: Yes, and those reports include which machines failed, what step they were on when they failed, what the error was, possible fixes from our documentation, and additional information about the machine and the deployment. Many error messages also include a link to submit the error to Admin Arsenal support should such errors fall beyond the scope and expertise of the user.
A: Except in the case of deployment and/or scan failures, we only log events impacting PDQ Deploy or PDQ Inventory.
A: Yes. In PDQ Deploy, reports are run at the time of the deployment, if Post Deployment Notifications are turned on. In PDQ Inventory, Auto Reports can be set up to run according to a schedule.
A: Except in the case of Post Deployment Notifications, reports will not send out automatic alerts if certain conditions are met.
A: Yes. You can generate ad-hoc reports either from an existing or created collection or as a new report within PDQ Inventory. You can also create reports in PDQ Deploy that includes Deployments, Package/Package Library, Schedule, and Target List.
A: We do not integrate with SCCM or any other product at this time. Our products will work on the same OS as other deployment/management tools, however.
A: Strictly speaking, no. While we use Active Directory to add computers, sync with AD OUs and groups, use AD OUs and groups as targets, and utilize AD authentication, we don’t actually make any changes to AD. In PDQ Inventory, we create a collection that mirrors your AD tree but the results are read-only.
A: AD is not a requirement. We have several customers that use a workgroup style setup as well as numerous educational customers that use our product in mixed environments consisting of AD and workgroups (e.g. student labs).
Setup is a little simpler with AD, and there are some gotchas with workgroup setups, but once configured, maintenance is basically the same.
A: It does not. We use our own built-in reporting implementation. We do export in a variety of formats, and it is possible to connect to the SQLite database using ODBC for Business Intelligence systems that support ODBC.
A: Yes. PDQ Deploy has the ability to deploy Auto Deployments to PDQ Inventory targets (in the form of Collection Library collections), all of which are about the best things ever. Auto Deployments automatically update your software according to a schedule and when updates are available. Once configured, there is very little, if any, interaction required on the part of the administrator to initiate and maintain the upgrade. Used in conjunction with a Heartbeat trigger, even those machines that are infrequent visitors to the network will receive the necessary update(s) once the machine enters the network.
Auto Deployments are explained in greater details in the following videos:
Introduction to Auto Deployment
Admin Arsenal Live! - Auto Deployment
Admin Arsenal Live! : Auto Deployment Best Practices
Pre and Post-Auto Deployment Steps in PDQ Deploy
And, optionally, a playlist of relevant videos: Auto Deployment
A: Our pricing is based on a subscription model, with the same price being charged on a yearly basis. Currently, our prices are $500/year per user for an Enterprise license of PDQ Deploy and $500/year per user for an Enterprise license of PDQ Inventory. This $500 for each gives you access to all the enterprise features, updates to the Package Library, updates to the Collection Library, and all program updates within the subscription period. Pro licensing is $250 per product, per year, per person. We do offer government and educational discounts.
Should you choose to not renew your subscription, you will retain access to all the Enterprise features in the program, but you will not receive updates to the Package Library, the Collection Library, and will not be able to upgrade the program past the last version that was released before your license expiration date.