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KACE Systems Management Appliance 11.0 Common Documents - Administrator Guide

About the KACE Systems Management Appliance Getting started
Configuring the appliance
Requirements and specifications Power-on the appliance and log in to the Administrator Console Access the Command Line Console Tracking configuration changes Configuring System-level and Admin-level General Settings Configure appliance date and time settings Enable Two-Factor Authentication for all users Verifying port settings, NTP service, and website access Configuring network and security settings Configuring Agent settings Configuring session timeout and auto-refresh settings Configuring locale settings Configuring the default theme Configure data sharing preferences About DIACAP compliance requirements Configuring Mobile Device Access Enable fast switching for organizations and linked appliances Linking Quest KACE appliances Configuring history settings
Setting up and using labels to manage groups of items Configuring user accounts, LDAP authentication, and SSO Using Replication Shares Managing credentials Configuring assets
About the Asset Management component Using the Asset Management Dashboard About managing assets Adding and customizing Asset Types and maintaining asset information Managing Software assets Managing physical and logical assets Maintaining and using manual asset information Managing locations Managing contracts Managing licenses Managing purchase records
Setting up License Compliance Managing License Compliance Setting up Service Desk Configure the Cache Lifetime for Service Desk widgets Creating and managing organizations Importing and exporting appliance resources
Managing inventory
Using the Inventory Dashboard Using Device Discovery Managing device inventory
About managing devices Features available for each device management method About inventory information Tracking changes to inventory settings Managing inventory information Finding and managing devices Registering KACE Agent with the appliance Provisioning the KACE Agent Manually deploying the KACE Agent Using Agentless management Adding devices manually in the Administrator Console or by using the API Forcing inventory updates Managing MIA devices Obtaining Dell warranty information
Managing applications on the Software page Managing Software Catalog inventory
About the Software Catalog Viewing Software Catalog information Adding applications to the Software Catalog Managing License assets for Software Catalog applications Associate Managed Installations with Cataloged Software Using software metering Using Application Control Update or reinstall the Software Catalog
Managing process, startup program, and service inventory Writing custom inventory rules
Deploying packages to managed devices
Distributing software and using Wake-on-LAN Broadcasting alerts to managed devices Running scripts on managed devices Managing Mac profiles Using Task Chains
Patching devices and maintaining security
Using the Security Dashboard About patch management Subscribing to and downloading patches Creating and managing patch schedules Managing patch inventory Managing Windows Feature Updates Managing Dell devices and updates Maintaining device and appliance security
Using reports and scheduling notifications Monitoring servers
Getting started with server monitoring Working with monitoring profiles Managing monitoring for devices Working with alerts
Using the Service Desk
Configuring Service Desk Using the Service Desk Dashboard Managing Service Desk tickets, processes, and reports
Overview of Service Desk ticket lifecycle Creating tickets from the Administrator Console and User Console Creating and managing tickets by email Viewing tickets and managing comments, work, and attachments Merging tickets Using the ticket escalation process Using Service Desk processes Using Ticket Rules Run Service Desk reports Archiving, restoring, and deleting tickets Managing ticket deletion
Managing Service Desk ticket queues About User Downloads and Knowledge Base articles Customizing Service Desk ticket settings Configuring SMTP email servers
Maintenance and troubleshooting
Maintaining the appliance Troubleshooting the appliance
Appendixes Glossary About us Legal notices

Upload Agent updates manually

Updating the KACE Agent on managed devices

The appliance automatically checks with Quest for KACE Agent updates at approximately 03:40 every day. In addition, the appliance checks Quest for Agent updates whenever the appliance is rebooted.

When Agent updates are available, they are automatically downloaded to the appliance, provided that the appliance is connected to the Internet, and an alert appears on the Home page of the appliance Administrator Console. Until you configure deployment settings, however, Agent updates are not automatically deployed to managed devices. Click the link in the alert to configure deployment settings.

In addition, you can check for Agent software updates, obtain Agent updates manually, and configure Agent update settings any time. Obtaining updates manually is useful if your appliance is not connected to the Internet.

View KACE Agent updates

You can view KACE Agent updates in the Administrator Console.

1.
Go to the appliance Control Panel:
If the Organization component is enabled on the appliance, log in to the appliance System Administration Console, https://appliance_hostname/system, or select System in the drop-down list in the top-right corner of the page, then select Settings > Control Panel.
2.
The Appliance Updates page appears. The current Agent bundle appears in the Agent section.
3.
Optional: To check for updates: In the Agent section, click Check for Update.
Configure Agent update settings

After Agents are installed on devices, they are designed to update themselves automatically based on the Agent update settings you choose on the Update Agent Settings page. This is true regardless of the provisioning methods used to deploy the Agents, including appliance provisioning, GPO wizard, other GPO deployments, or image deployment.

If you have multiple organizations, you configure Agent update settings for each organization separately.

1.
Go to the Update Agent Settings page:
a.
Log in to the appliance Administrator Console, https://appliance_hostname/admin. Or, if the Show organization menu in admin header option is enabled in the appliance General Settings, select an organization in the drop-down list in the top-right corner of the page next to the login information.
b.
On the left navigation bar, click Settings, then click Provisioning.
c.
On the Provisioning Panel, click Update Agents.
2.
Click Apply in the Available Agent Bundle section.
The new Agent version number appears in the Advertised Updates section, and the Enabled check box in the Agent Settings section is cleared, disabling automatic updates. This enables you to test the updates on selected devices before deploying them system-wide.

Option

Description

Enabled

Deploy the update to the selected appliance devices during the next scheduled inventory interval. Clear the check box to prevent updates from being installed.

Modified

Read-only: The time the most recent Agent bundle was downloaded.

All Devices

Deploy the update to all devices that have the KACE Agent installed. If this option is selected, the Devices and Labels elements do not appear on the page.

Devices

Update only specific devices. Select the device names in the drop-down list that appears when you click in the field, or type the first few characters of a device name to sort the list. For example, type Dev to list matching device names such as Device-1, Device-2, and so on. This option is not available when you select All Devices.

Manage Associated Labels

Display the Edit Labels dialog. Search for and select labels, and update devices assigned to the selected labels. This option is not available when you select All Devices.

Notes

Any additional information you want to provide.

4.
Click Save.
5.
If you limited deployment to specified devices for testing, select additional devices in the Agent Settings section of the Update Agent Settings page when your testing is complete.
Upload Agent updates manually

In most cases, Agent updates are automatically downloaded to the appliance when they become available. However, you can download updates from Quest and manually upload Agent updates to the appliance as needed. This is useful if your appliance is not connected to the Internet, or if Agent updates are available but have not yet been downloaded to the appliance automatically.

To download Agent updates from Quest, you must obtain customer login credentials by contacting Quest Support at https://support.quest.com/contact-support.

If the Organization component is enabled on the appliance, log in to the appliance System Administration Console, https://appliance_hostname/system, or select System in the drop-down list in the top-right corner of the page, then select Settings > Control Panel.
2.
On the left navigation bar, click Appliance Updates to display the Appliance Updates page.
3.
Click Check for Update in the Agent section.
5.
Go to the Update Agent Settings page:
a.
Log in to the appliance Administrator Console, https://appliance_hostname/admin. Or, if the Show organization menu in admin header option is enabled in the appliance General Settings, select an organization in the drop-down list in the top-right corner of the page next to the login information.
b.
On the left navigation bar, click Settings, then click Provisioning.
c.
On the Provisioning Panel, click Update Agents.
If a new update appears in the Available Agent Bundle section, click Apply.
If you manually downloaded an update, go to the Manually Upload Agent Bundle section, click Browse or Choose File, locate the file that you downloaded, then click Upload.
The new Agent version number appears in the Advertised Updates section, and the Enabled check box in the Agent Settings section is cleared, disabling automatic updates. This enables you to test the updates on selected devices before deploying them system-wide.
8.

Manually deploying the KACE Agent

Manually deploying the KACE Agent

Manual deployment is useful when automated Agent provisioning is not practical or when you want to deploy the KACE Agent using email, logon scripts, GPO (Group Policy Objects), or Active Directory.

Email: To deploy KACE Agents through email, you would send an email to your users that contains one of the following:
Logon scripts: Logon scripts enable you to deploy the KACE Agent when users log on to a device. If you use logon scripts, you would upload the appropriate file in an accessible directory and create a logon script to retrieve it.

Obtaining Agent installation files

Obtaining Agent installation files

Agent installation files are available on the appliance.

You can find the KACE Agent installers for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux devices on the appliance in the following directory:

\\appliance_hostname\client\agent_provisioning

The appliance uses a registration process, allowing authenticated KACE Agents to connect to the appliance, either by associating a token with an Agent, or having an appliance administrator approve a connection request. Agent installers obtained this way do not include a valid token. You can pass the agent token to the installer manually using one of the following options:

Use the following parameters when starting the installer: HOST=<appliance_hostname> TOKEN=<agent_token>, or:
Manually change the installation file name using the following syntax: AMPAgent-xx.xx.xx-x86_<appliance_hostname>+<agent_token>.msi
Use the KACE_HOST and KACE_TOKEN environment variables to specify the appliance host name and agent token before you run the installation file, or:
Manually change the installation file name using the following syntax: AMPAgent-xx.xx.xx.osx.all_<appliance_hostname>+<agent_token>.dmg

If you do not specify a valid token string during the Agent installation, any connection requests result in the Agent being quarantined.

Alternatively, you can download Agent token installer bundles for your operating system from the Agent Token Detail page. For complete information, see Registering KACE Agent with the appliance.

Manually deploying the KACE Agent on Windows devices

Manually deploying the KACE Agent on Windows devices

You can manually deploy the KACE Agent on Windows devices using the installation wizard or from the command line on devices.

When you install the Agent manually, the Agent executable files must be installed in the following locations:

Windows 32-bit devices: C:\Program Files\Quest\KACE\
Window 64-bit devices: C:\Program Files (x86)\Quest\KACE\

The Agent configuration files, logs, and other data are stored in:

Windows 32-bit devices: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Quest\KACE
Window 64-bit devices: C:\ProgramData\Quest\KACE
Manually deploy the KACE Agent on Windows devices using the installation wizard

You can manually deploy the KACE Agent on Windows devices by running the installation wizard on devices.

\\appliance_hostname\client\agent_provisioning\windows_platform
2.
Copy the ampagent-x.x.xxxxx-x86.msi file to the device.

The device information appears in the appliance Inventory within a few minutes. See Managing applications on the Software page.

Manually deploy the KACE Agent on Windows devices using the Command line

There are several ways to deploy the Agent from the command line on Windows devices.

For example:

In a batch file as part of a logon script that runs the installer (msiexec) and sets various parameters, such as the value of the host.

The following table shows command line parameters used to deploy the Agent.

Table 21. Command line parameters for the Agent

Description

Parameter

Windows Installer Tool

msiexec or msiexec.exe

Install flag

/i

Example:

msiexec /i ampagent-6.x.xxxxx-x86

Uninstall flag

/x

Example:

msiexec /x ampagent-6.x.xxxxx-x86

Silent install

/qn

Example:

msiexec /qn /i ampagent-6.x.xxxxx-x86

Log verbose output

/L*v log.txt

Example:

msiexec /qn /L*v C:\temp\log.txt /i ampagent-6.x.xxxxx-x86

Auto set hostname: Rename the installation file to the name of the server name, which automatically sets the hostname

rename agent_installer.msi_hostname.msi

Example:

msiexec /qn /i ampagent-6.x.xxxxx-x86_kace_sma.example.com.msi

Set properties

PROPERTY=value (Must use ALL CAPS)

Example:

msiexec /qn /i ampagent-6.x.xxxxx-x86.msi HOST=kace_sma.example.com

Set server name

set KACE_SERVER=kace_sma_name

Must be followed by an msiexec call to install

Example:

set KACE_SERVER=kboxmsiexec /i ampagent-6.x.xxxxx-x86

Prevent the installation of logon or bootup hooks, and preserve existing userinit.exe files

NOHOOKS=1

Example:

msiexec /qn /i ampagent-6.x.xxxxx-x86.msi HOST=kace_sma.example.com NOHOOKS=1

Install the Agent but do not start the service. This enables the Agent to be imaged and cloned to other devices

CLONEPREP=yes/no

Example:

msiexec /qn /i ampagent-6.x.xxxxx-x86.msi HOST=kace_sma.example.com CLONEPREP=yes

Set the debug level for the Agent when it generates logs

DEBUG=true/all

Example:

msiexec /qn /i ampagent-6.x.xxxxx-x86.msi HOST=kace_sma.example.com DEBUG=true

Force the Agent to communicate through HTTPS only. It cannot fall back to HTTP if HTTPS is unavailable

SSLREQUIRED=true

Example:

msiexec /qn /i ampagent-6.x.xxxxx-x86.msi HOST=kace_sma.example.com SSLREQUIRED=true

The system looks for the value of host in these locations in the order shown:

2.
The HOST property value
3.
KACE_SERVER (environment variable)
4.
The amp.conf file
Manage the KACE Agent on Windows devices using the Windows system tray

You can view the status of the KACE Agent, force inventory, and display agent information using the Windows system tray.

To access the KACE Agent status using the system tray, you must enable the Agent Status On Device option in the Agent and Communication Settings section. For more information, see Configure Agent communication and log settings.

: The agent is connected to the appliance.
: The agent is snoozed.
: The agent has pending actions.
: The agent is disconnected from the appliance.
3.
4.
To restart the agent, click Restart Agent in the menu.
5.
To temporarily suspend the agent's activity during a specific time period, click Snooze Agent, and select a time period in the menu. You can snooze the agent for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, one hour, or two hours.
NOTE: You can only snooze the agent if the Agent Snooze on Device option is enabled in the Agent and Communication Settings section on the appliance, and if the maximum number of snoozes is not reached. For more information, see Configure Agent communication and log settings.
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