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Mark G38

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  1. Without seeing your code, it's near impossible to tell you what might be wrong.  I just attempted it and was successful in retrieving said info back from the API. 

  2. @merritt.bishop There shouldn't be anything special you need to do.  Without seeing your code, I can't tell you for sure, but my guess is unfortunately you're missing something in your code. 

    For instance, I have no trouble doing a computer reboot from Pulseway using PowerShell, however, you have to add -force at the end to get it to do so.

    Restart-Computer -ComputerName "$env:ComputerName" -Force

    Works like a charm.   Happy to help with other items if you need it. 

  3. Curious if we can be provided a bit more detailed road map.  It would be nice if when ideas from the Feature Requests page get approved, that we can an idea of the timeline until we see that feature.  For example, all the ones in my below screenshot marked "In Development" have been in that status for months.  When you look at the Roadmap thread, it doesn't show any of these specific items in there.  It would be nice to see an estimate on when we can expect some of these features to be released.

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  4. 22 minutes ago, Laszlo - BPAZ said:

    We'd like to use workflows when a specific eventlog item is triggered.

    Now everything will send by email if you use workflows.

     

     

    It is possible to send an email when a new system is registerd. It would be nice if you can also have a item in the workflow which states the total of the specified group.

    Thanks

    You can do both of these things already in regards to triggering workflow off specific event log item as well as sending an email on new system registered.  The only thing it doesn't do is the total in the group.  

  5. @BurseyC Not sure your exact situation, but this seems like you should be able to work around their concerns. I have some clients the same way.  I have my patching setup for workstations, to patch but not reboot.  I then have a reboot task set up for these clients that reboots their workstations at a specified time that they agreed would not interrupt anyone.  Usually something like 1 AM for most. I have one that wants it a little earlier due to an overnight crew.  Just set the reboot tasks on schedule and never think about it again.  

    I don't know how big you are, but IMO having to manually check patching at any scale other than maybe a couple, is really a pain and not ideal.  

    I've personally also set up a custom event log alert in which I have a PowerShell script I wrote check for updates on the machine, but also check when the last update was (filtering out Defender definition updates since they happen multiple times a day and it's not in use anyway) and it it finds the last update date was 7+ days ago, it will write an error to the event log, which I then have set up in Pulseway to trigger an alert notification.  I also have it populating a custom field with the last update date for my reference. It took some work, but it does work.  I'm sure it's not 100% as there are probably some edge cases, but between that and the patch schedules and scheduled reboots, it's been pretty great so far. 

  6. @BurseyC It's 100% the system uptime. 

    #1 rule, Never trust an end user.  They don't enough to be able to accurately say one way or the other in most cases. To an end user, turning their computer off every night could mean sleep mode, hibernation, logging out, or turning off the monitor. 

    #2. In Windows 10, a shutdown doesn't actually clear the system up time if Fast Startup is enabled (which is the default setting).  Only restarts clear the uptime in this scenario.  You can disable this or force reboots. 

     

  7. @Randula All you need to do is log onto 1 machine that has the Veeam and create the needed event log monitor through the Pulseway Manager on the local machine, than export that.  

    Go into Policies on the PWA and it allows you to import there.  It will the apply to all machines under that policy.  I have several custom alerts set up using a custom event log that I created and write to, and this is how I had to do it.  I have a "dev" machine that I use to create and test alerts and export from there into my policies for my clients. 

  8. @Greg Candido I'm going to guess by now that you've probably have resolved this perhaps with one of the given methods.  But I wanted to bump this thread because of another way to accomplish this, which is actually probably easier than the other methods suggested, and it will work well for others needing to run scripts as users. 

    There is a PS module on PSGallery called RunAsUser which allows you do just that.  You can very easily implement this and run through Pulseway.  As an example, using the same scenario I did above where I wanted to launch Chrome as the user, look how much less work this is lol.

    ###Check if module is installed and if not, install it###
    if (!(Get-InstalledModule | Where-Object { $_.Name -eq "RunAsUser" })) {
        Install-Module RunAsUser -Force
    }
     
    ###Whatever code you want to run as the user###
    $ScriptBlock = {
        Start-Process "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
    }
     
    Invoke-ASCurrentUser -ScriptBlock $ScriptBlock

     

    Adding link to the module for reference: https://github.com/KelvinTegelaar/RunAsUser

  9. @Gregory Candido That's correct. It will apply to ALL patch policies you have in place.  You can create rules for new ones as well yes.

    However, you can also do the registry entries as mentioned previously.  They will prevent auto updates to anything past what you set.  Obviously, this may need to change as Windows 10 continues to release updates, but we will have to wait and see if they alter version numbers so that Windows 11 is different from Windows 10 in that regards.  

    For now, you can script these reg entries or deploy via GPO if you have an AD environment. 

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate.

    Create or update the Dword TargetReleaseVersion to 1.

    Create or update the Dword TargetReleaseVersionInfo to 21H1.

     

  10. @BCons Maybe I'm not 100% following you on this.  Pulseway does have the ability to do exactly what you're asking.  Albeit, perhaps not in the most intuitive way, but it's there.  

    If you go to any machine that has pending updates, you can see all critical, important, optional updates and then select which ones you want to install by checking or unchecking the box at the end of each one.

    If there is a particular KB you know that is a cause for issues, you can go to Patch Management - Global Rules and very easily create a rule to not allow that patch.  

     

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  11. 19 hours ago, Nate said:

    Hello,

    By any chance could I get some help with creating a script that updates Novoconnect on individual computers. I'd like to be able to just run the script whenever.

    Is that the full name of the software as it's installed on a machine? If not can you provide the full name.  Is it by Vivitek? 

    I can probably help you out.  PM me some details like version your machines are on versus current version if you know it.   

  12. @Greg Candido

    You need to impersonate the actual user that you want the program to launch under.  Keep that in mind because if the script to update it requires administrator privileges, but the user does not, then the update script may fail once you turn on impersonation.  However, if that's not a concern, then run impersonation as the user you need the program to launch under.  

    Alternatively, and I think this may work for you, it's a bit... emm janky lol, but it will serve the purpose.  Log onto the machine and create a scheduled task that is triggered on-demand only, and have that task start the program under the user account you need.  Now, in your update script, at the end, once the update has completed, have your script trigger the scheduled task.  If the scheduled task is correctly set up to run as the specific user, it should launch the program when you trigger the task from your script. 

    I realized you said you are not well versed in scripting.  Let's make this a little easier.  Turn off impersonation so you don't have to worry about permission issues in the future with other scripts.  

    Log into the machine as the user you need (this will make creating the scheduled task easier). Create the scheduled task.  I'll show you screenshots of an example one I did to show you steps. You can even test this yourself using Chrome and then triggering the task through PW and you will see it launches under the user account.  Make sure you have the correct user selected.  Should be the user you need if you're logged in as them already.  Change Configure for to suit your needs.  No trigger, no conditions. Set it up as below.

    When you're done setting up the scheduled task, add this line to your update script:

    Start-ScheduledTask -TaskName "THENAMEOFYOURSCHEDULEDTASK"

    You can open PW, navigate to the machine, go down to PowerShell, and run the above command to test before even adding it to your script to confirm. 

     

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  13. On 10/29/2021 at 5:30 PM, Gregory Candido said:

    I'm trying to start an application that will start via PS script.

    I create pulseway script using Windows Powershell to run this command but I can't get the application to start.

     

    $env:Path += "C:\Program Files (x86)\NetDocuments\ndOffice\ndOffice.exe" 
    & "C:\Program Files (x86)\NetDocuments\ndOffice\ndOffice.exe"

     

    However if I go to the remote computer, open Windows Powershell and run these commands the application opens as desired.

    All my other scripts I have work on this computer, so I'm executing it correctly.

     

    Please advise.

     

    Greg

     

    Hey Greg,

     

    There are a number of ways to start a program, however, when you say you go to the remote computer, are you actually logging into the remote computer and opening PowerShell on the local machine and running those commands? If so, that's the difference.  When running anything through Pulseway, it will default to running as the system account. So trying to run those commands through Pulseway, you're opening the program (if it even supports non-interactive) as the system account, and no user will see it.  You could check processes to confirm that though.  

    You would need to run it under user context and right now, Pulseway only has that ability to do this if you log onto the machine in question, open Pulseway Manager, go to Settings - Runtime and scroll to the bottom to Enable PowerShell User Impersonation.  This will run scripts through Pulseway as the user you entered.  This will do the trick.  You can then call them different ways.  Start-Process "Path\to\exe\" also will work. 

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