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KACE Systems Management Appliance 9.1 Common Documents - Administrator Guide

About the KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) 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 Provisioning the KACE SMA Agent Manually deploying the KACE SMA 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
About patch management Subscribing to and downloading patches Creating and managing patch schedules Managing patch inventory 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 KACE SMA
Appendixes Glossary About us Legal notices

Force inventory updates from Mac OS X devices

Force inventory updates from Mac OS X devices

You can force Mac OS X devices to report inventory by running commands on the devices.

Inventory information is updated.

Force inventory updates from Linux devices

Force inventory updates from Linux devices

You can force Linux devices to report inventory by running commands on the devices.

Inventory information is updated.

Managing MIA devices

Managing MIA devices

Devices that are under management but that have not communicated with the appliance in the last 1 to 90 days are considered to be MIA (missing in action) or out-of-reach. You can configure MIA device settings and manage MIA devices as needed.

Configure MIA settings

Configure MIA settings

You can configure the appliance to automatically delete MIA devices from inventory after devices have not checked in for a specified number of days. Automatically deleting MIA devices can reduce the need to delete MIA devices manually.

Be aware that the process that deletes MIA devices runs daily at 03:45, and it can delete up to 100 devices during a single run. If there are more than 100 MIA devices to be deleted, or if you must delete devices immediately, consider deleting devices manually.

1.
Go to the Devices list:
a.
Log in to the KACE SMA Administrator Console, http://KACE_SMA_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.
2.
Select Choose Action > Configure MIA Settings to display the MIA Settings page.

Option

Description

Automatically Remove MIA Devices

Archive or delete managed devices that are MIA (missing in action) after the specified period of time. Clear the check box to prevent MIA devices from being Archived or deleted automatically.

After n days

The number of days MIA devices remain in inventory if Automatically Relete MIA Devices is selected. Managed devices that do not communicate with the appliance for the specified number of days are automatically deleted or archived, as specified.

Archive MIA Asset-Devices

Select this option to archive the MIA devices after the specified number of days.

Delete MIA Devices

Select this option to permanently delete the MIA devices after the specified number of days.

4.
Click Save.

If there are more than 100 MIA devices to be deleted, or if you must delete devices immediately, consider deleting devices manually. See Delete MIA devices manually.

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