We use BigFix primarily for patching of infrastructure endpoints and operators currently manually compose and send courtesy emails 60-90 minutes in advance, listing the servers in scope to remind application support we are about to patch and reboot servers.
I am looking to automate those emails using WebReports.
There are client properties for each endpoint that define the start of maintenance window (as NN Days and NNNN hr/min after midnight patch Tuesday).
These settings are used to populate clients into automatic groups that are then used to target patching actions. eg: group name “05-0200” = + 5 days after @ 02:00AM
We also have an distribution list email address for each endpoint we send the email to.
These are the same values and data the operators are using to do the job.
The goal is to use these same client settings and WebReports to collect the list of machines that are within 90 minutes of a patch window (either by client settings or group membership) and send advance notice to the list of unique email addresses attached to the clients in scope.
I don’t have the session relevance and reporting skills needed at present so this would be a learning exercise.
At this point, I’m hoping to get input from some of the forum wizards if this even sounds feasible and if there is some helpful forum post (I have not yet located) to take hints from.