Systems Management Question

Creating a custom patch schedule

11/14/2013 4098 views

Hello everyone,

I have been looking at the KACE 1000 patching module and I was wondering if there was a way to set a schedule to have one deployment run on the second wednesday of the month.

I have a second deployment that I run on the 3rd Tuesday to deploy patches to the rest of my machines.


Does anyone have a idea on how to set this in the patching deployment?



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  • It sounds like you are looking to deploy to some machines the 2nd Wednesday and others the 3rd Tuesday. I would use labels to separate the 2 groups of machines and then assign the labels to the patch deployments as desired. Are you using cron tab to manage the day of the month?
  • I have them in two deployments in the patching schedule.
    One deployment running with a specific label set of machines would run on the 2nd Wednesday.

    The other deployment with is all machines would run on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. I just need to know how to set the schedule to auto default to run on the date every month.

  • What is cron tab?
  • You can't set it to, say, the 2nd Tuesday of every month. What I do is use cron tab (Run Custom) under "Patch Schedule" to set the date range as, again, you cannot set it to 2nd Wednesday of the month. BUT what you can do is use cron tab (search ITNinja for tips) to specify the range of days and then use some power management to wake your machines during that date range and time.

    00 19 8-14 * *

    That is an example of cron tab. This runs at 7 P.M. every day between the 8th and 14th of the month. I spent a lot of time trying to get it to work on a certain day. You'll read some documentation, even in Kace's 5.4 server administrator guide that states you can set a day of the week but it does not work. That is from both my own testing and from Kace technical support. I use power management software to control the day of the week that the machines wake based on when I want them to patch.

    For more check the comments from this Q&A:


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KACE doesn't natively support patching on the second Wednesday. Some people have developed smart labels that will only apply to systems when the date is the second Wednesday (or whichever day of the week) and apply the patching schedule to that label. I can't seem to find the posts here that detail that setup, however.

Answered 11/14/2013 by: chucksteel
Red Belt

  • From what I recall, you can't do the second Wednesday of the month. The closest you could get would be every other Wednesday of the month. This was due to the fact that that the K1000 uses a basic version of crontab.
  • Here's a very old post that has some different strategies to address this:
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