PDQ Deploy & Inventory Reviews

PDQ Deploy & Inventory

Created by sysadmins, for sysadmins.

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4.8 /5
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Value for Money
4.8/5
Features
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Ease of Use
4.7/5
Customer Support
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Charles
Charles
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

#1 most used software in my role

Reviewed on 13/12/2022

Pros

Honestly I use it every day, multiple times a day. I wouldn't want to work somewhere that didn't have this software. My life is so much easier. Quickly find and patch computers & push out software and updates. Pair this with PDQ Inventory and you're golden.

Cons

I've honestly never had a problem with this software and I've been using it for probably 7 years at least.

DANIEL
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  • Industry: Libraries
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Value for Money
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  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

PDQ Review

Reviewed on 29/12/2020

Overall this is an excellent software. With ease of use and one click solutions it has produced...

Overall this is an excellent software. With ease of use and one click solutions it has produced less headaches then other solutions.

Pros

PDQ deploy is easy to use and install on your network. The functionality of the software allows ease of use deployment packages and updating with simple one click downloads. Built side by side with PDQ inventory target device management is simple and fun.

Cons

PDQ deploy in my opinion needs a GUI interface boost to bring it into the modern world. It has an old ADUC feel, but needs to be updated with a cloud platform feel or use. It would be very beneficial for a lot of organizations with an off-premise option.

Reasons for Switching to PDQ Deploy & Inventory

PDQ had a more simplistic feel than the more robust solutions. To many complications can cause headaches and PDQ allows you to stay simple or expand as far as you want.
Phillip
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 1,001–5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

PDQ Deploy anomalies

Reviewed on 07/04/2022

Pros

Simplify server management
Saves on me sign in multiple times
Repeat task on remote machines

Cons

These features seem inconsistent:
- Say you want to run a number on commands on a number of servers you cannot get a combined report of the output of all the commands. Often this is needed as the report may be input into further tools
- You should be able to set default credentials for each computer you add manually which can be overridden from 'deploy one'
- You should be able to group a group of computers like a tree structure eg. directory structure in Windows or UNIX
- Computers should be able to be a member of more than one group. When you add a known computer to another group it should copy all these properties as default starting point
- In new package, you should have the ability to not have to choose a step type but the commands the user types in most cases tell you what type of step it is

Marek
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Cheap solution for cheap LAN only use-cases

Reviewed on 16/12/2022

I am overall happy regarding the needs that we currently have. Absolutely not good enough for...

I am overall happy regarding the needs that we currently have. Absolutely not good enough for modern and especially mobile cloud-based infrastructures though.

Pros

Block programming approach to defining the deployments and inventory. Really in-depth access to the OS that can read whatever you can think of with an ease. Visualisation of the results is not possible though.

Cons

No mobility support, no cloud, no dashboards, nothing. Users cannot interact with any deployment in any other way than by pressing OK. UX level cca when Greenday lead the hitparades.

Sonam
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  • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

A regular PDQ user of 1 person IT department

Reviewed on 21/12/2022

I ran into projects after projects during pandemic. was looking for a tool to manage everything...

I ran into projects after projects during pandemic. was looking for a tool to manage everything remotely, PDQ demo took place and went for it right away. Saved tons of time deploying patches, softwares, custom installations and much more. This tool allowed me to run whole IT department single handedly.

Pros

Ease of use, simplicity, effectiveness. PDQ has nice video based how to dos and that was helpful.

Cons

Two part of deploy and inventory, can they be one?

Alternatives Considered

Atera

Reasons for Switching to PDQ Deploy & Inventory

Demo was promising and trial was exactly what I was looking for.
Yannick
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  • Industry: Architecture & Planning
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Save time while keeping your IT infrastructure up to date

Reviewed on 19/01/2022

PDQ Deploy need a bit of work to prepare the software packages, but after this first step (which...

PDQ Deploy need a bit of work to prepare the software packages, but after this first step (which can be demanding in some cases), the deployment and updates are like "click-and-wait".
Since we are using PDQ Deploy, we can finaly keep our IT infrastructure consistent and up to date very easily and with only a few efforts.

Pros

Integrated packages for a lot of common applications, highly configurable software packae deployement, reliable, easy to use and well integrated in the Windows professionnal environnement.

Cons

PDQ Deploy does not allow you to really track the deployement history and the state of your IT infrastructure. External solutions (e.g. PDQ Inventory) are needed in order to know if a product or product version is already deployed.

Alternatives Considered

Chocolatey

Reasons for Switching to PDQ Deploy & Inventory

Recommendation of our IT partner, affordable price, wide choice of ready-to-deploy applications and ease of use
Jp
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  • Industry: Law Practice
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Value for Money
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Perfect for a small shop

Reviewed on 21/12/2022

I took over at a small/medium firm that did not have any type of deployment software in place. I...

I took over at a small/medium firm that did not have any type of deployment software in place. I had experience with the free version of PDQ Deploy years ago at another small business and new that it would be at least worth trying it here. After creating a good service account with the correct permissions, I was rolling out test deployments with ease. Now, I use it every day either deploying software or finding new things to setup.

Pros

- Easy to set up- Easy to use- Small infrastructure footprint- Low resource needs- Helpful community- Fits needs of a small business

Cons

I can not think of any negatives currently.

Alternatives Considered

KACE

Reasons for Switching to PDQ Deploy & Inventory

- Previous familiarity- Low initial resource requirements- Cost
Denham
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  • Industry: Information Services
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great Inventory program for Windows

Reviewed on 07/04/2022

Great it works great and does what I need.

Great it works great and does what I need.

Pros

Super easy to use, works wonderfully with PDQ Deploy.

Cons

Windows only, if there was a cross platform component it would be perfect.

Erick
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  • Industry: Retail
  • Company size: 1,001–5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Very good Software and value for the price

Reviewed on 21/12/2022

Solve the patch update for workstations and clients, inventory reports.

Solve the patch update for workstations and clients, inventory reports.

Pros

The easy way to configure the deployments and schedule that to run automatically on time to time.

Cons

Do not have a client to install and not be able to monitor or deploy to clients outside of the network what nowadays is very normal with remote work.

Alternatives Considered

System Center

Reasons for Switching to PDQ Deploy & Inventory

Yes, for do what I most need and with much better value.
Ben
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 1,001–5,000 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 6-12 months
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

We love PDQ Deploy because its cheap, easy to use, and it just works

Reviewed on 15/12/2022

We've had a great experience. We love their YouTube channel tips, and the product is easy to...

We've had a great experience. We love their YouTube channel tips, and the product is easy to figure out.

Pros

We like the fact that they create so many patches and software deployment packages on their end. It saves us so much time, and it just works. I haven't had a single issue with the software and it's very cost effective.

Cons

When we first set up the inventory scanning, we kicked it off and it almost locked up the server we installed the software on. We are a large environment so it doesn't surprise me, but it did take a long time, and I wasn't sure if it was going to work for awhile. We ended up leaving over a weekend to scan though, and it ended up figuring itself out.

Dirk
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  • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
  • Company size: 1,001–5,000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Quick overview of your installed assets and their software inventory

Reviewed on 22/12/2022

We maintain the latest Security patches for applications and deploy where necessary. It's important...

We maintain the latest Security patches for applications and deploy where necessary. It's important to run latest version of software.

Pros

We can easily see all of our connected hardware in one overview, Windows version, build version etc. It's great you can update packages installed on devices and see which are outdated or got the latest version you accepted. You can use the inventory and copy the devices easily and use them in PDQ deploy.

Cons

If devices run at home it's hardware to track them and obtain updates. Once they connect back in the office it starts to work again or you have to setup VPN which is possible too.

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Intune

Reasons for Switching to PDQ Deploy & Inventory

We believe Intune is not mature enough yet to replace PDQ inventory.
James
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  • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

PDQ has become the most used toolset in my career.

Reviewed on 17/08/2023

This is the 2nd job I have had with PDQ. Part of the reason I was hired for this position was my...

This is the 2nd job I have had with PDQ. Part of the reason I was hired for this position was my knowledge of PDQ. The previous admins had purchased but no one knew how to use it. The overall system was in a neglected state. In the 9 months I have been here I have rebuilt and moved PDQ to new servers and changed the way Patch management was done. I retired WSUS because I can do all that it does and more with PDQ. So much more. And the customer support is amazing. I use it when I am stuck with what seems to be unique to our company issues and your staff makes it simple to resolve. I do believe I have become a much more efficient engineer because of PDQ. Keep up the awesome work!!

Pros

Automation is a must when you have over 400 devices. It makes complex problems much easier to accomplish.

Cons

I really have not had time to learn all of the features of your products. But that is not on PDQ. Your YouTube videos are amazing and fun to watch. Keep up the humor. That goes a long way in IT.

John
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  • Industry: Government Administration
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Amazing Software for Managing and Updating Windows Computers

Reviewed on 17/01/2023

Before using PDQ Deploy, we were periodically re-imaging our public computers which was a time...

Before using PDQ Deploy, we were periodically re-imaging our public computers which was a time consuming process as we have multiple areas in the library each with different software programs installed. In between re-imaging, key utility programs would regularly become out of date, negatively impacting patrons usage of the computers. Now with PDQ Deploy, we are able to easily update only specific software programs across all areas, irregardless of the overall software image in use. Simpler and faster process allows for the computers to be updated on a quicker schedule resulting in a better overall experience for our patrons, and significantly less time expended by IT staff.

Pros

The included Package Library is a fantastic added value to the program providing prepared and tested packages for installing/updating most of the popular/requested software programs. Very easy to use without having to study a lengthy manual. Seemless integration with existing systems and AD. Regular updates to the software, weekly webcasts, extensive video tutorials on usage.

Cons

None that I can really think of. Not a fan of the new program icons which make it more difficult to identify which program is which, but that's really a minor nitpick.

Ian
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  • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Keeping tabs with PDQ Inventory

Reviewed on 27/12/2022

I started using the free version at a former job and introduced it to my team at my current job. I...

I started using the free version at a former job and introduced it to my team at my current job. I asked a few times for the licensed version and eventually after i produced a potential ROI document i managed to get 2 licenses for both deploy and inventory. My colleague and i get so much more accomplished leaving time for the more physical side of our jobs.

Pros

I love everything about this software. The tools are all there, command line, MMC Management, Reboot, remote assist and desktop wake... Dunamic grouping so i can keep abreast of what needs this or that software. What operating System, whether it is laptop, desktop or server. Registry printers etc etc, is there anything it cant do.

Cons

None absolutely none. With this in my tool box i save myself weeks worth of work within a year. The ROI impresses the fiscal department, our turnaround of work requests jumped staggeringly according to our quality and rounding departments.

Jamie
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  • Industry: Government Administration
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

PDQ Deply and Inventory

Reviewed on 24/12/2022

As stated above, this has made my monthly patching much easier and also allowed me to auto patch...

As stated above, this has made my monthly patching much easier and also allowed me to auto patch more apps than just Windows updates. I have also built out auto deployment packages that I use when settin gup new machines. I add them to my domain, Inventory picks them up on scan and adds them to a dynamic collection, Deploys heartbeat deployment for that collection pushes out the preconfigured list of apps/packages and generates a message on each machine when finished.

Pros

Tried this out after some frustration with SCCM. While the MS product was getting my monthly patch Tuesday stuff covered, it felt a little complicated to manage. With PDQ deploy, it feels much easier, plus im now getting windows patches as well as patching many other apps(Chrome, edge, 7-zip, VLC, etc.) in what I feel is a much more user friendly and intuitive interface.

Cons

Has built-in support for VNC for remote control which I don't currently use. I'll be making the switch but wish there were other options.

Rick
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  • Industry: Civil Engineering
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Indispensable inventory managment

Reviewed on 11/08/2021

Our most typical use case for PDQI is determining what software/versions are installed on each...

Our most typical use case for PDQI is determining what software/versions are installed on each machine so we don't need to waste time (or create confusion) in pushing updates to machines that are already current -Watching un-updated computers drop from the dynamic collections gives peace of mind and an easy metric for completion.

Pros

The ability to create a huge variety of reports on every element of the hardware and software in our environment (at least that I've come up with a need for so far) is a priceless function on its own, but the ability build both static and dynamic collections that integrate seamlessly with PDQ Deploy makes both programs excel - Using both in tandem is like having cheat codes for hardware and software management.

Cons

Sometimes finding the right combination of conditions to build the collections can be a little tricky, but support is ALWAYS there to help get things resolved quickly.

Cesar
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  • Industry: Paper & Forest Products
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great quality of life from a very powerful program

Reviewed on 22/12/2022

I have had a tremendously positive experience. I have more time on my hands to address more...

I have had a tremendously positive experience. I have more time on my hands to address more complicated tasks and bigger projects now that I don't have to perform repetitive tasks, and I can rest easy when I push a critical windows update because I will know which computers got the update and which ones only need to restart.

Pros

We like being able to perform the same repetitive task, deploy configurations and installations, and keep consistency across our computers. We reclaimed so much time with how fast we can now do these tasks! It is straightforward to use, and there are so many ways to perform my tasks that I only need to choose the easiest way that I know to do them. The community and knowledge base articles are a treasure trove whenever I need to do something new that I don't yet know how to do.

Cons

I think the only improvement that I would like to see is a way to know that a failure to deploy is something other than the network path was not found. If I deploy a package to multiple computers and some of them fail with an error code and some where network paths can't be found,, I need to look at each failure across multiple failed deployments to make sure that they all did not fail with an error.

Joel
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  • Industry: Automotive
  • Company size: 1,001–5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Must have part of large network

Reviewed on 21/12/2022

I've used it for a large portion of my career. Always been essential.

I've used it for a large portion of my career. Always been essential.

Pros

The multitude of deployment options. Built in or downloadable uninstalls for almost everything. Running powershell commands on 2000 pcs couldn't be easier.

Cons

Sometimes I wish there was a client option for the occasional DNS issues.

Alternatives Considered

ManageEngine Endpoint Central

Reasons for Switching to PDQ Deploy & Inventory

We use this too
Luis
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  • Industry: Food Production
  • Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

PDQ is a Life Saver

Reviewed on 13/12/2022

When you dont have Enterprise budget, PDQ will provide all of the necessary tools to make like easy...

When you dont have Enterprise budget, PDQ will provide all of the necessary tools to make like easy for sys admins.

Pros

We are able to scan and patch workstations and servers from a single pane.

Cons

It would be nice if this application could also have the ability to be used locally through a web browser.

Alternatives Considered

KACE
Colin
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  • Industry: Government Administration
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

PDQ Deploy is a Stellar Product

Reviewed on 02/11/2022

I echo my previous comment, i.e. this has been such a time-saver when ensuring we keep our...

I echo my previous comment, i.e. this has been such a time-saver when ensuring we keep our endpoints current, and it makes it a lot easier to manage 100s of endpoints with literally the click of a button.

Pros

This has saved us so much effort in maintaining the integrity of our software products on our domain endpoints. In addition to the pre-built library, it has been a godsend to be able to create customized packages and get them deployed quickly. When we were hit with Hafnium on our Exchange server and moved to O365, I created a customized package to remove our previous suite and get out the latest O365 suite to our endpoints with about an hour's work on PDQ Deploy.

Cons

Nothing comes to mind, to be perfectly honest.

Thomas
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  • Industry: Legal Services
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

PDQ should be the first thing you reach for as a solo Sysadmin!

Reviewed on 14/12/2022

Overwhelmingly positive. A huge assistance for me on a day to day basis, I use it to help build new...

Overwhelmingly positive. A huge assistance for me on a day to day basis, I use it to help build new deployments (as we do not have the budget for a costly imaging solution).

Pros

PDQ Deploy and Inventory work hand in hand and this alone is a great thing to see. But the uses of PDQ beyond that then is so convenient. In my case, I came across a security vulnerability in Google Chrome. Within a few minutes, PDQ Inventory had scanned all the machines that were online to see the version of Chrome they had. If they didn't have the updated one, PDQ Deploy was able to push out the installer to pull down the latest update. All without anyone noticing. The best way to deal with a problem is to avoid it in the first place and these tools and a massive assist to that mentality.

Cons

I don't want to make it out that the software is perfect because no software is, however there are no glaring omissions either. It does what I need it to do. Possibly some sort of analytical digest on a monthly basis would be a great way to keep an eye on things.

Rui
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  • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
  • Company size: 1,001–5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

PDQ deploy - Nice to have

Reviewed on 14/12/2022

Pros

All the capacities to deploy all kind of software, patchs or other and the way you monitoring these actions

Cons

Sometimes it's difficult to synchronizes with pdq inventory

William
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  • Industry: Environmental Services
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great software!

Reviewed on 07/09/2022

I have solved every remote install and patching issue using PDQ, Inv/Deploy

I have solved every remote install and patching issue using PDQ, Inv/Deploy

Pros

Deployment, configuration, overall ease of use

Cons

Nothing, I love every aspect of PDQ Inv/Deploy

James
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  • Industry: Civil Engineering
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

PDQ Inventory

Reviewed on 09/07/2021

PDQ has amazing customer service and are always there to help. PDQ inventory provides great insight...

PDQ has amazing customer service and are always there to help. PDQ inventory provides great insight for us to manage our computers.

Pros

My company was already using PDQ Inventory when I started and I'm glad they were. It's a great piece of software that allows us to easily track computers in our domain. It is able to track computer information through registry, WMI, and about anything you can do in Powershell. We are able to run reports and create collections of computers to track the presence or lack of software, updates, reg keys and many other features.

Cons

PDQ Inventory has some issues managing computers that are not in a connected domain.

Aaron
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  • Industry: Banking
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Deploys Awesomeness!

Reviewed on 26/04/2021

Deploy became a one-stop shop for getting software pushed out and updates installed. Especially...

Deploy became a one-stop shop for getting software pushed out and updates installed. Especially great for those vendors with constant updates or supplemental tweaks after the install, which can be built into the deployment.

Pros

The built-in deployments are great! Eliminates most of the effort of seeking out and setting up common installs and updates. They are also easy to customize if that fits your business need better. Pair this scheduling deployments, then you can set it and forget it. This will reduce your admins workload significantly and the return on investment is evident very quickly.

Cons

It doesn't make coffee. Really, I've got nothing. All around great!