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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

Add Software assets in the Assets section

Add Software assets in the Assets section

You can add Software assets one-at-a-time in the Assets section.

Software assets can also be added from the Inventory section. See Add Software assets in the Inventory section.

1.
Go to the Assets 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.
b.
On the left navigation bar, click Asset Management, then click Assets.
2.
Select Choose Action > New > Software to display the Software Asset Detail page.
a.
In the Name field, enter a name for the asset.
For example, Office Pro SW Asset.
b.
Optional: In the Software field, select the name of the application to associate with the asset. To search for items, begin typing in the field.
c.
Optional: In the Software Label field, select a label in the Select label drop-down list. The list is empty unless you have created a Smart Label. To filter the labels list, enter a few characters of the label name in the Filter field.
4.
Click Save.

The new asset appears on the Assets page.

Attach digital assets to applications and select supported operating systems

Attach digital assets to applications and select supported operating systems

To distribute applications to managed devices using Managed Installations or User Console downloads, you need to attach the appropriate digital assets to applications. Digital assets are the files required for deployment, such as installers. In addition, you need to select the supported operating systems for the application. You perform these tasks on the Software detail page.

To associate multiple files with an application, create a ZIP file that contains the files, then associate the resulting archive file with the application.

TIP: Digital assets can be attached to applications displayed on the Software page, but they cannot be attached to items in the Software Catalog page.
1.
Go to the Software Detail page:
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.
b.
On the left navigation bar, click Inventory, then click Software.
Next to Upload and Associate File, click Browse or Choose File.
Next to Upload and Associate Client Drop File, click Browse or Choose File. This option is available only if you have copied files to the appliance or organization Client Drop location, and those files are larger than the size specified in the appliance's Client Drop File Size Filter or the organization's in the Client Drop Size. If the Organization component is enabled on your appliance, files are available to the selected organization only. To make files available to multiple organizations, copy the files to the Client Drop location for each organization. Copy files to the KACE SMA Client Drop location.
4.
In the Supported Operating Systems section, select the operating systems on which the application can be installed.
a.
Click Manage Operating Systems.
b.
In the Operating Systems dialog box that appears, select the OS versions in the navigation tree, as applicable.
In the Operating Systems dialog box that appears, select the OS versions in the navigation tree, as applicable.

You have an option to select OS versions by their family, product, architecture, or build version. You can choose a specific build versions, or a parent node, as needed. Selecting a parent node in the tree automatically selects the associated child nodes. This behavior allows you to select any future OS versions, as devices are added or upgraded in your managed environment. For example, to select all build current and future versions associated with the Windows 10 x64 architecture, under All > Windows > Windows 10, select x64.

NOTE: The table at the bottom of the Software Detail page shows which devices have the software installed.

Copy files to the KACE SMA Client Drop location

Copy files to the KACE SMA Client Drop location

You can upload large files, such as application files and backup files, to the KACE SMA by copying them to the Client Drop location on the appliance. Copying files to the Client Drop location is an alternative to uploading files through the Administrator Console using the default HTTP mechanism, which can result in browser timeouts for large files.

In Windows Explorer, enter a UNC path with the KACE SMA host name or IP address. For example: \\kbox\clientdrop. Use two backslashes to indicate that the location is a Samba path.
On Mac OS X, Go > Connect to Server, then enter the SMB address in the Server Address field.
On Linux, select Search, then enter the SMB address.
The client Share and clientdrop Share folders are displayed.
TIP: If you are connecting from a Windows device, type \admin in the Username field. This prevents the system from using workgroup\admin or domain\admin during authentication.
Application files: Files are available for selection on the Software Detail page provided that they are larger than the size configured for the appliance in the Client Drop File Size Filter or for the organization in the Client Drop Size. If the Organization component is enabled on your appliance, files are available to the selected organization only. To make files available to multiple organizations, copy the files to the Client Drop location for each organization.
Appliance backup files: Appliance backup files that are placed in any Client Drop location are automatically identified as appliance backup files, and they become available for selection on the Backup Settings page within five minutes.
If you are uploading application files to be selected on the Software Detail page, verify the Client Drop location filter setting. The filter setting determines whether files are displayed on the Software Detail page, based on their size. See Configure appliance General Settings without the Organization component or Add or edit organizations.

Using software threat levels and categories

Using software threat levels and categories

Threat levels and categories can be used to indicate the relative safety of applications and to classify applications.

This information is made available for tracking purposes only. The KACE SMA does not enforce policies based on threat levels or categories.

Software categories classify software as belonging to a specified group, such as software drivers or security applications. For applications listed on the Software page, categories are assigned manually. For applications listed on the Software Catalog page, software categories are assigned to applications automatically.

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