Why Easy Software Deployment is so much better than PDQ Deploy.
PDQ Deploy from PDQ (formerly known as Admin Arsenal) is used by companies to offer software from one central point to Microsoft Windows computers, without using an agent. When it comes to software deployment, PDQ Deploy operates quite similar to Symantec Altiris and Microsoft SCCM. However, it’s possibilities are very limited, compared to Easy Software Deployment. Below you’ll read why Easy Software Deployment is better than PDQ Deploy.
COMPUTER OR USER DEPLOYMENT
Unfortunately, with PDQ Deploy you can only deploy software to computers and not to specific end users. This could be a problem when an end user uses multiple systems (for example, with flexible workspaces), their required software won’t automatically be available at all systems. Luckily, it is possible with Easy Software Deployment to choose whether you want to deploy software per computer or per end user (even when they’re not logged into the company network). This offers much more flexibility.
PDQ Deploy does have a limited option to add .MSI and .EXE based installations, but they don’t offer a solution for other installation files.This means that you’ll need other software solutions for these other installation files, which means additional costs as well. Easy Software Deployment offers almost all installation files, you can use vbs, ps1, cmd, bat, msi, exe, Microsoft App-V (4 & 5), VMware ThinApp. Whatever you prefer! And we keep on adding new technologies.
With PDQ Deploy, the end user has no control on how their software will be available, which means that it’s not possible to offer applications on demand. Easy Software Deployment offers many ways on how to offer applications to the end user: when the system is started or when the user has logged in. But also on demand deployment is possible with Easy Software Deployment.
When you don’t have the PDQ Deploy Pro or Enterprise mode, you can not do a multi-step install and you’re limited to executing only one command line. With Easy Software Deployment you can install scripts through the command prompt and execute more than one command line, both under the user account and the system account. This means the installed software will automatically be fully configured with the right setting for the end user.
Unfortunately, PDQ Deploy has no built in reporting tool. Admin Arsenal has developed another application for this, called PDQ Inventory, and you’ll need to construct the right queries by yourself, in order to get the information you need. Easy Software Deployment has this function standardized and built in, so you can easily track the status of the used software in your company.
At first, PDQ Deploy might look like the cheapest option amongst all software deployment tools. However, if you want all possible features (Pro / Enterprise and Inventory), it’s not that cheap anymore… Next to the easiest, Easy Software Deployment will also be the cheaper option. Contact us for pricing details!
Managing the start menu of a user, by adding shortcuts to URL’s or network applications for example, is not possible with PDQ Deploy. You would need another tool for that, adding extra costs again. We know this is a much wanted feature, so we did include the option to manage shortcuts in Easy Software Deployment.
Because PDQ Deploy does not work with an Agent for end users, it’s not easy to directly push installations. You’ll need to make a job for this, without any real time feedback. At Easy Software Deployment we strongly believe in the importance of the possibility to instantly deploy software in case there is an urgent safety update or virus scanner update, so we made it easy for you: simply drag ‘n’ drop an existing installation file.
Another option that’s not possible with PDQ Deploy, due to the lack of an Agent, is to alter configuration files and registry information. With Easy Software Deployment it is possible to add your own desired settings without any scripting knowledge. Also in a virtual environment (App-V), which makes it possible to alter application settings real time.
Every small patch is considered a separate installation by PDQ Deploy, which can lead to clutter. With Easy Software Deployment there’s no need to prepare a new job for every patch, you can easily add a patch to an existing installation. This way you can quickly and efficiently keep existing software installations up to date, without losing your overview on the available software.