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We are installing our new desktops with version 12 PSB and it works fine for our use. We would like to have the same version on all of our workstations to simplify management and problem solving, unfortunately at the moment we are living with three versions of PSB (10.5, 10.6 and 12).
Is there an existing way to force client software version upgrade? Or is there one in the works. I know the changes between 10.5 and 10.6 are minor but it still seems odd that we are living with three generations of the product.
I know that we could force the upgrade with msi packages and 3rd party management tools / Group policies but that seems to be counter productive as PSB does have its own management console.
F-Secure do provide the "Remote Installation Tool" (it can be downloaded from the PSB portal). You can use this tool to upgrade clients on your LAN. This tool has a dependency on the Remote Registry service, but it does work well. I haven't used it to upgrade clients to v12 but I have used it in the past for older versions of PSB.
I agree that it would be nice to be able to manage this through the portal.
I wouldn't worry too much about running 10.5 and 10.6 - as far as I am aware, the only differences there are for the Windows 10 installation procedure. If 10.5 is working, there is no need to update to 10.6.
We've released the latest version 12.01 recently. This version will be proposed for upgrade from the channel for versions 10.50, 10.60 and 12.00 in the near future.
The feature, which will provide a possibility for admins to manage channel upgrade procedure from PSB portal, is present in our plans for the future.
Unfortunately, there is no exact date for the forcing update from the portal UI feature yet.
We are investigating the possibility to enable direct upgrade from old versions 9-10 to latest 12.01, but, in most cases, it leads to some critical issues. I will comment here as soon as we'll have any news.