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KACE Systems Management Appliance 10.2 Common Documents - KACE Express Quick Start Guide

About KACE Express Requirements for running KACE Express Installing the KACE Express virtual appliance Configuring the KACE Express virtual appliance Provisioning Agents to enable device management Using KACE Express for systems management Transitioning from KACE Express to the full appliance Support options for KACE Express Appendixes About us Legal notices

About KACE Express

About KACE Express

The Quest® KACE® Express) is a free, introductory version of the award winning Quest KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA). The KACE Express appliance is an inventory-focused software solution designed for systems that run Microsoft® Windows®, including laptops, desktops, servers, and tablets.

The KACE Express appliance is specifically for systems running Windows on x86 and x64 microprocessors. The KACE Express appliance enables IT managers to easily determine system hardware and software inventory, assess Intel® vPro™ readiness, apply Dell BIOS and driver updates, and manage Dell system warranties. Optimized to manage Dell Windows systems, The KACE Express appliance also manages Windows systems from other hardware manufacturers — including tablets — at no additional charge.

KACE Express is distributed under a license that limits use to 1,000 managed systems for one year and can easily upgrade in-place to the full KACE SMA at any time during the one-year license period.

Key features of KACE Express

The KACE Express appliance provides a useful subset of the features available on the full KACE SMA.

Inventory: The KACE Express device inventory feature auto-discovers network-wide software and PC hardware configurations, using managed agents. This results in a comprehensive computer inventory.
Reporting: KACE Express provides a number of built-in reports. It also provides wizard-based reporting tools that enable you to generate your own routine and on-demand reports.
Dashboard: The KACE Express Dashboard provides a number of charts that display important summary information about hardware and software inventory, Dell Warranty, and Dell Updates.
Dell Computer Management: KACE Express provides additional management capabilities specifically for Dell computers. These capabilities include the ability to inventory, report, and renew Dell Warranties; and the ability to inventory, report, and deploy Dell BIOS and driver updates.

Moving from KACE Express to the full KACE SMA

The KACE Express appliance can be upgraded in place by purchasing and applying the full product license key. This enables you to transition to the full KACE SMA without having to redeploy anything, and while retaining all inventory data and settings.

Requirements for running KACE Express

Requirements for running KACE Express

KACE Express is an appliance that runs in a VMware vSphere® virtual machine or a Microsoft® Hyper-V® virtual machine on your device.

For the latest information about requirements for the virtual machine and the managed devices, and browser requirements for accessing the KACE Express Administrator Console, go to the page for KACE Express at https://www.quest.com/products/kace-express/.

Installing the KACE Express virtual appliance

Installing the KACE Express virtual appliance

You can install KACE Express on a VMware vSphere® virtual machine or a Microsoft® Hyper-V® virtual machine.

Install KACE Express on a VMware vSphere client system

Install KACE Express on a VMware vSphere client system

The KACE Express appliance runs in a virtual machine.

You have installed the VMware vSphere Client, or you are using the vSphere Web Client on your host system.

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Go to https://www.quest.com/register/76051, where you can register to proceed with the download.
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Click Finish.

Prepare for configuring KACE Express.

CAUTION: The appliance comes preconfigured with a compatible version of VMware Tools. Do not use the Check for Update button next to VMware Tools on the Settings > Appliance Updates page.
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