Has anyone had any issues with manage engine's agent running and installing patches on windows servers (exchange, domain controller, etc)? We currently use Manage Engine agent for patching our desktops but are a little hesitant to install it on servers. Not sure if it is better to install patches on servers by hand or let the agent do it. Also when pushing out a new agent on upgrades I would hate for the agent install to cause the server to crash. Any thoughts or experiences would be helpful.
You can have the agent installed on your mail servers and domain controllers. Desktop Central Agent on its own is not going to install or configure any software or patch or security policy on your server. However, if you scan and deploy patches or software it would do it on your servers. The product has a very flexible target definition meaning you can exclude the Domain Controllers from configurations.
Note : The exchange patching is not currently supported in Desktop Central which you need to do it manually.
So i would recommend you to give a try by installing the agent and control patch/software deployment using configuration target definition.
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I use it on 3 Hyper-V and 6 ESXi servers at various clients and have never had any issues. It works just like another workstation. The only thing that you need to be careful of is to make sure that the configuration does not have a reboot.
i deployed it on my servers as well but i have had issues with agent updates on the servers which is being investigated by the support team
the issue i had when hte agents updated on the servers (all windows 2008 r2) the update process tried to restart several services during hte upgrade process
some of these services were
exchange information store (so exchange went down)
ms DFS (so file server went down)
and some others
so i only update the desktop central agents during server maintenance window and disable the desktop central agent on servers when i do any kind of configuration or updates on the desktop central server and only start the agent on the servers during server maintenance to avoid any issues
i have had no issues on my desktop and lapotps (all windows 7 32 and 64bit)
After analyzing , the development team has found the issue happened due to Restart Manager introduced in Windows Installer. Microsoft Windows vista and windows 2008 has this Restart Manager available to reduce system restarts. Now this has been handled by disabling this Restart Manager. Check the below link for more details.