The PMC/PMS is a very good engine for distributing F-Secure software, and why not use this engine to distribute or run more than just F-Secure updates on computers that have an administered version of F-Secure installed?
Let me explain: We sometimes need to run a simple .bat file or .msi file on a group of computers without the user's interaction, and running it using a login script is not always a viable option. We want the file to be run now, without having the users log off/on. It would be very nice if we could place the .bat/.msi file on a network share and then run it by distributing an execute command to the selected clients that we want to run it. It would not just be a set of predefined commands hardcoded into the PMC gui, but rather a "remote command line" that can be used to run admin specified commands.
I can see this feature fitting nicely on the "Operations" tab in PMC, together with the option tos to update virus defs and scan for viruses.
On my short list of useful commands to run on clients would be the reset UID command so I can generate the new style GUIDs on clients that are upgraded from older versions of F-Secure and thus having the older UIDs.Yeah, I know that this feature will soon be obsolete, but I still have over 1000 computers with old style UIDs, and I want to bump them up to GUIDs.
After all, if you don't trust your friendly neighborhood F-Secure admin to only run safe and secure commands on the administered computers, then who do you trust? The users?