# About Patch Agent
The Patch Agent is a LaunchDaemon that runs every 4 hours by default to install or update specified applications. You can specify the applications that the Patch Agent will attempt to install or update using a Configuration Profile (opens new window). When installing Alectrona Patch on a Mac where a Patch Configuration Profile exists, this results in Alectrona Patch performing automated patch management client-side on your Mac based on your own specifications.
The Patch Agent is located at the following path:
# Controlling the Patch CLT
The Patch Agent creates a job list based on the Configuration Profile installed on a Mac. It then takes this job list and begins to perform installations/updates by leveraging the Patch CLT. Once the Patch CLT is done installing/updating the application, it then notifies the Patch Agent that the installation was successful, and the Patch Agent moves on to the next software title in its job list.
# Active Intervals
The Active Intervals feature will silently update an application that has been recently deferred immediately after that application has been closed. This process occurs during the interval time (the idle period between Patch Agent runs). As an example, if an update to Zoom is deferred, then 30 minutes later the end-user closes Zoom, the Patch Agent will silently update Zoom without waiting until the next scheduled interval time. 😎
The software ID of an application must exist in either the InstallOrUpdate, UpdateOnly, or OtherManagedSoftware keys to be eligible for an Active Interval update after a deferral.
# Patch Agent Preferences
Used to customize the Patch Agent for your organization.
|InstallOrUpdate||The software titles to automatically install or update (even if they are not currently installed) using the Patch Agent.||<key>InstallOrUpdate</key>|
|UpdateOnly||The software titles to automatically update if installed and out-of-date using the Patch Agent.||<key>UpdateOnly</key>|
|OtherManagedSoftware||The software titles to enable the Active Intervals feature for even when not included in the InstallOrUpdate or UpdateOnly preference keys. These software titles might be updated using the ||<key>OtherManagedSoftware</key>|
|RunInterval||The Patch Agent runs every 4 hours by default. You can adjust this interval time for your environment. Note: This key is configured in seconds. The minimum setting is 600 seconds (10 minutes) and there is currently no maximum.||<key>RunInterval</key>|
|ActiveIntervals||The Patch Agent will attempt to silently update any recently deferred app that exists in the InstallOrUpdate or UpdateOnly keys immediately after that app has been terminated by the user (even during an interval period). You can disable this behavior by setting to ||<key>ActiveIntervals</key>|
|RemovePatchSymlink||Set to ||<key>RemovePatchSymlink</key>|
|ReconAfterInstall||Set to ||<key>ReconAfterInstall</key>|
|DeferIfRunning||If an app is running when an update occurs, setting this key to ||<key>DeferIfRunning</key>|
|UpdateMAS||Set to ||<key>UpdateMAS</key>|
Some of these items can be easily configured with our Patch Profile Builder. You can also deploy a profile created using the Patch Profile Builder in combination with a custom profile to configure any of the optional settings above.