currently we have servers set up to run a patch scan every 6 days. the idea is that this will run on the server sometime between us approving the patches for our tiers and the day/time the server is scheduled to patch.
i've found that it can occasionally get out of sync causing the servers to be behind a week. i'm also curious to know if this would benefit or hurt the scheduler, doing it this way.
Brande is the expert at Patch Management and I am sure she will chime in with her expertise.
You can actually execute the Patch Scan system procedure via Agent Procedures; System Cabinet > 4 Other Tools and Utility Procedures > Run Now System Scripts > Patch Scan.
If you want to get froggy and use automation further - Include that procedure in the pre/post option of automatic update (Pre in your case).
Very interested in hearing the perspective. I think you even somewhat answered my question as a possible way to do it.
while i do see the agent procedure where you listed it would be, when i go to Patch Management>Mange Machines> Pre/Post Procedure>>then 'select agent procedure' to run before automatic update that system script does not show up in the list of available procedures.
i am under the 'Master' role/scope but still unsure why it would show up
That specific function may not have visibility to the cabinets. In that case, I would copy that procedure from the System cabinet into your personal AP folder and it should display on the pre/post procedure feature.