How often do we need to update IGEL OS firmware?


My boss is asking me how often do we need to do firmware updates? I wanted to know what is the recommended practice. I do not have the time to do an update every time a firmware release is available so I want to setup a schedule based on best practices. If you have a link to a guide that would be great. Also any suggestions on how to schedule the updates. About a year ago I had found an article on how to setup the update to run when the device is at the login for a set time but I could not get it to work. Having it run after the next reboot might take months some devices rarely are rebooted. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


My opinion is: if you don’t need any specific feature, or you don’t have a specific issue that is included or solved in the “private build” published here, you can stay on the official build released on www.igel.com/software-downloads/. Those are published 1 each 3-4 months nearly and let you stay quite about updates. Also, this official updates are also pushed to the UMS and advised you by a popop up when opening UMS, so you can simply download them in the UMS directly and apply to thin clients.

Also, about the firmware update guide, here www.igelcommunity.com/igel-firmware-updates-guide you will find everything, step by step. It is based on an old version, but still working fine.


Basic message, if the current version works for you — Stay will it until you need a new feature software / hardware or to patch a security item.

Here is a document that outlines lifecycle:


You could use the built in jobs/tasks in UMS to schedule updates ahead of time. I wouldn’t recommend it running on a schedule though. Just when you know your ready to deploy. Buddy updates are great as well so you don’t overwhelm your UMS server.

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