Endpoint Central configurations
Introduction to configurations
Endpoint Central (formerly known as Desktop Central) offers configurations that help administrators manage applications, system settings, desktop settings, and security policies. These are extremely helpful in baselining systems and targets can be selected at user or system level. A group of configurations can also be applied together using the collection feature. The selected settings comes into action either during user logon or computer startup (depending on the type of configuration applied) to minimise the loss of productivity. Status of the applied configurations can also be tracked anytime.
Standardize configurations across your network by applying:
Refer the below-mentioned document for further insights on configurations:
- User configurations: This section provides information about various user-based configurations that you can deploy using the product and the steps to define them.
- Computer configurations: This section provides information about various computer-based configurations that you can deploy using the product and the steps to define them.
- Collections: This section provides information about defining a collection of configurations and steps required to deploy them simultaneously to several users or computers.
- Defining targets: This section provides information about defining targets to which you want to deploy configurations or collections.
- Configuring execution settings: This section provides information about configuring execution settings while defining a configuration. Endpoint Central enables you to automate the redeployment process through the Execution Settings option.
- Managing configurations and collections: This section provides information about managing defined configurations. It gives you information about the following:
- Various configuration statuses displayed on the Endpoint Central server
- Modifying configurations or collections
- Viewing the status of the defined configurations or collections
- Suspending deployment
- Resuming suspended deployments
- Configuration reports: This section provides information about viewing a detailed report about configurations that you define and deploy using Endpoint Central. You can also view the status of each configuration in this report.
Configurations can be defined for computers or users. You can define a configuration from scratch or use predefined configuration templates. You can also create a group of configurations and deploy them as a collection.
Defining configurations is a four-step process. It comprises of the following steps:
- Enter a name and description for the configuration
- Defining the configuration includes the following:
- Package settings
- Deployment settings
- Define a target
- Configure execution settings
After you define a configuration, you must apply it to specific targets (computers/users) in your network.
When you deploy a configuration using Endpoint Central, the configuration settings along with the required files will be stored in the Endpoint Central server. Endpoint Central agents, which are installed in the client computers in your network, will contact the Endpoint Central server to collect this information and apply the configurations to specific client computers. The agents will contact the server during the following intervals to collect the required information:
- User-specific configurations: When a user logs on and every 90 minutes thereafter till the user logs out of the domain
- Computer-specific configurations: When a computer is started and every 90 minutes thereafter till the system is shut down
Re-applying Failed Configurations
When you deploy a configuration to client computers, the deployment could fail in a few computers due to various reasons. In such cases, you can re-deploy the configuration. Endpoint Central enables you to automate the redeployment process through the Execution Settings option. This option enables you to do the following:
- Specify whether you want the agent to retry applying this configuration in the computers in which the deployment of the configuration failed
- Choose the number of times you want the agent to try deploying a configuration. You can also specify how many times, out of the number of times that you have specified, you want the configuration to be deployed when:
- Users log on
- Computers complete the 90-minute refresh cycle
Based on the specified input, configurations will be re-deployed on the computers on which the deployment failed till either of the following takes place:
- Deployment is successful
- Maximum retry count is reached
Endpoint Central does not take backup of the settings that you make when you create configurations. Therefore, it is very important that you remember the settings you have made. In most cases, you cannot revert the configuration. However, you can modify the settings that you had made earlier and re-deploy the configuration.
You can modify configurations and re-deploy them in the following scenarios:
- Assume that you have deployed a configuration to install a software application. You can revert and change it to enable uninstallation of the software application. You must modify the configuration by changing the following:
- Operation type from Install to Uninstall
- Type of package
The package must have an uninstall string.
- When you want to revert a configuration related to a security policy, you can modify the policy and change the settings as required. For example, assume that you have created a configuration to disable the option to change the wallpaper on the desktop of a computer. You can modify the configuration and change the policy to enable the option to change the wall paper, before re-deploying the policy.