1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 18, 2012 3:50 PM by SteveSherman

    Scheduled Scans


      I just took over the job of patching with Vcenter Protect Essentials. I would like to know if there is a way to schedule the patch scan, so that it is ready for me in the morning to setup the deploy for that night.

        • 1. Re: Scheduled Scans

          Never mind found the info I was looking for....


          Contents > Agentless Patch  Management Tasks > Performing Patch Scans > Scheduling  Scans Using the Run Operation Dialog

          Scheduling Patch Scans Using the Run Operation Dialog

          Note: This dialog may also be used to schedule asset operations and power tasks.

          When you initiate a patch  operation from a machine group or from a Favorite the Run  Operation dialog is displayed. This dialog enables you to specify if the  operation should run now or be scheduled for a future time or date.

          Note: Make sure you assign credentials for all machines  involved in the scheduled scan.


          1. Name this operation (optional)

          Enables you to provide a unique name for the operation. By  default the name of the machine group or favorite used to initiate the operation  will be used. The name is displayed in the Results pane and in the Scan View scan  summary.

          2. Select/confirm targets

          This list is a reminder of the machine group(s) that will be  affected by the operation. If the wrong group is listed, click Cancel and re-initiate the operation using the correct  group.

          3. Select schedule

          There are three scheduling options:

          • Now runs the operation as soon as the  Scan now or Run button is  clicked. 

          • Once indicates that the operation will be  run once at the day and time selected.

          • Recurring allows an administrator to  regularly schedule operations at a specific time and using a specified  recurrence pattern.  For example, using this option, an operation could be run  every night at midnight, or every Saturday at 9 PM, every weekday at 11 PM, or  at any other user selected time and interval.

          4. Select/confirm operation

          Enables you to select the patch scan template you want to use when performing  the operation.

          When a patch template is selected, this area also contains the  following automatic patch deployment options:

          • Auto-deploy patches after scan, if  enabled, allows you to choose how and when the patch deployment will  occur.

          • The Deployment Template box  contains a list of the deployment templates that can be used in conjunction with  this scan.

          • The Deploy When options let you specify  when the deployment should occur. Deployment can be scheduled to begin  immediately after the scan by choosing Install  Immediately or at a later day and time by choosing Schedule at.  If you wish to copy the selected patch(es) to  the remote machine (along with a deployment batch file) but do not wish to  install the patches, you may choose the Copy patch  installations only (no automatic execution) option. You may then execute  the batch file yourself from the console of the remote  machine(s).

          When the desired options are selected, click Scan now or Run (if Now is selected) or Schedule (if Once or Recurring is selected).

          • Scan now/Run: The operation is initiated immediately  and the Operations  Monitor is displayed.

          • Schedule: The operation is scheduled on the console  machine using the default credentials. If  default credentials are not currently assigned the Assign  Credentials dialog is displayed. You must assign default credentials  before the operation can be scheduled.

          Note: The  default credentials are only used to schedule the operation on the console  machine. The default credentials are (typically) different from the machine-level credentials that are used to  perform the actual operations on the target machines.