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KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 8.0 Common Documents - Release Notes

Quest® KACE® Systems Deployment Appliance 8.0 Release Notes

Quest® KACE® Systems Deployment Appliance 8.0 Release Notes

This release notes document provides information about the Quest KACE Systems Deployment Appliance version 8.0.

About this release

About this release

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

The appliance 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 allows for downloads of Dell drivers for business class model machines, while drivers from other manufacturers can be added manually with ease. You can also integrate the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance with the KACE Systems Management Appliance to image devices in the KACE Systems Management Appliance inventory. The KACE Systems Deployment Appliance is available as a virtual appliance.

The KACE Systems Deployment Appliance version 8.0 is a major release of the product which offers new features, 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

User Interface notification subscriptions are now available to alert you about manual processes taking place, such as deployments, driver feed, Remote Site Appliance (RSA) synchronizations, and so on.


Email notification subscriptions are now available to alert you about scheduled processes such as deployments, RSA synchronizations, driver feed, upgrades, daily report, and so on. This feature includes external SMTP configuration.


Get/Set Computer Name became the default naming rule for the appliance. Tasks such as wsname and Collect/Apply computer name tasks are removed. It is now possible to delete the legacy Collect Computer Name and Apply Computer Name tasks.


The appliance now allows the import of Windows and Linux .iso files through the clientdrop share.


New feature items are added to the SDA Status Overview report, such as Linux task group, user theme, license count data, Driver Feed Auto Update, Server Session Timeout, and Brute Force Detection.


An option is added that allows you update installed drivers from the Driver Feed automatically.


The License Key field on RSA is now read-only, as the key is now automatically synchronized from the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance.


An option is added to enable or disable the KBE Advisor in the KACE Media Manager.


Synchronized user states on are now displayed on RSA.


User States captured on an RSA can be imported or exported.


Improvements are added to the initial RSA configuration. It is now possible to automatically link and add an RSA to the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance.


The appliance now allows you to create Linux task groups.


Starting in this version, you can now duplicate task groups.


Resolved issues

Resolved issues

The following is a list of issues resolved in this release.

Table 2. Resolved Issues

Resolved issue

Issue ID

RSA mass upgrade option did not ask for confirmation.


Charlie Root email information was moved to Appliance Logs.


The Collect Computer Name and Apply Computer Name tasks have been deprecated. They remain on an appliance if attached to a deployment, but can be deleted at any time. If not attached to a deployment the tasks are removed.


Source Media fingerprint did not match the Boot Environment fingerprint


A .wim file did not show up in the clientdrop share if the extension was in all capital letters.


The Dell Driver Feed Settings page did not automatically refresh driver feed information after a successful update.


The length of the name field on numerous pages has been increased to 60 characters.


The name field on numerous pages was increased to 60 characters.


The KBE footer showed the wrong information for Boot Mode on a legacy BIOS system.


Media Manager did not properly remove the mapping to the drive when a KBE build failed.


Media Manager reported an Invalid Windows directory when uploading Linux.


Media Manager gave a wrong error when uploading to an IP that is not the KACE Systems Development Appliance.


It was not possible to sync an RSA even though the appliance versions matched.


RSA mass upgrade option did not check the RSA version prior to sending the upgrade .kbin file.


Clicking an image detail on an RSA of a synced image caused a page not found error.


RSA detail page was locked because the status thought it was still upgrading


RSA License status message said linking key instead of license key.


RSAs were not getting updated license keys from the appliance.


The password field for Linux Scripted Install Wizard was not validated.


Scripted Install Wizard was causing Microsoft Windows Server 2019 to fail due to an XML validation.


Scripted Install Source Media field was showing Image Files.


Typo appeared in the remote site detail success banner for save and sync on RSA.


Library widget was showing wrong count numbers for all source media.


The appliance was failing to mount a slice of the disk after a reboot when offboard storage was enabled.


Changed wording in dialog box for Media Manager when password is incorrect.


Scripted installations appeared as system images on the Export List page.


RSA was not displaying the reboot page properly.


Appliance tasks were duplicating when a deployment was saved.


Driver Feed Settings page was not updating when exception file was downloaded.


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