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KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 7.0 Common Documents - Release Notes

Quest® KACE® Systems Deployment Appliance 7.0 Release Notes

Quest® KACE® Systems Deployment Appliance 7.0 Release Notes

This release notes document provides information about the Quest KACE Systems Deployment Appliance (SDA) version 7.0.

About this release

About this release

The KACE Systems Deployment Appliance (SDA) provides a network-centric solution for capturing and deploying images. The KACE SDA provides a seamless cross-platform imaging solution from a single Administrator Console enabling you to provision Microsoft® Windows® and Apple® OS X® platforms. You can deploy the configuration files, user states, and applications as an image to a single device or to multiple devices simultaneously.

The KACE SDA provides the tools necessary to automate deployments in both homogeneous and heterogeneous hardware environments, and provides reliability of large-scale image deployments with multicast and task engine capabilities. The built-in driver feed automatically downloads Dell driver models, and the Package Management feature enables uploading third-party driver packages. You can also integrate the KACE SDA with the KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) to image the KACE SMA inventory. The KACE SDA is available as a virtual appliance.

The KACE SDA version 7.0 is a major release of the product which offers new features and enhancements and resolved issues.

New features and enhancements

New features and enhancements

The following new features and enhancements are included in this release:

Table 1. New features and enhancements


Issue ID

The appliance now supports Linux Scripted Installations for CentOS 6/7.


Added informational text blocks to product pages, where needed.


Updated the Maintenance Expired alert message with more information and a link to a page with additional details.


Updated Samba share password in the startnet.cmd file.


Added a check box to calculate the number of reboots needed for sysprepped images and make that the Auto Logon count.


Various updates and tools are now only available to customers that have active maintenance.


Added text to the Mac OS X Media Manager page to indicate the supported OS versions.


Add Windows Server 2019 to the Source Media Metadata OS list.


The appliance now supports Linux Scripted Installations for Ubuntu 16/18.


The appliance now supports Linux Scripted Installations for Red Hat Linux 6/7.


Added a driver version column to Driver Feed list page.


Added newly collected data or features to the Status Overview Report.


The Save, Cancel, and other buttons now float at the bottom of the page.


The appliance restricts .kbin upgrades for expired maintenance licenses.


A progress bar is now integrated into the KBE (KACE Boot Environment) page for image capture and deployment.


The Windows Media Manager has been rewritten in .NET, and now includes the functionality from KBE Manipulator.


Added disk encryption to newly created appliance.


The appliance no longer uses sha1 for password encryption.


KBE load registry now finds the config file automatically.


Data Migration log now appears in the Administrator Console.


The Add Mac Address column is added to the Device Inventory page.


FreeBSD upgraded from 11.1 to 12.0.


The Set AutoLogon Count script added as a default mid-level task.


Appliance chat asks for topic and searches Knowledge Base library for solutions before starting a chat session.



A direct link to upload packages for import is added to the Package Management page.


Added a flag to USMT scan templates.


Added a number of enhancements to the Installation Plan area.


Upload Hardware Inventory links removed from KBE pages.


Drivers have its own section on the Disk Usage chart.


The appliance allows import and replacement of .wim files as images.


Deprecated issues

Deprecated issues

The following issue is deprecated in this release.

Table 2. Deprecated Issues

Deprecated issue

Issue ID

Workaround: The multicast protocol defaults to NORM (NACK-Oriented Reliable Multicast) and it is the only option. If PGM was previously selected as the default protocol for existing boot actions, this setting will automatically change to NORM the during the upgrade.


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