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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

Edit policies and scripts

Edit policies and scripts

You can edit policies and scripts as needed.

1.
Go to the Script 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.
c.
Display the Script Detail page by doing one of the following:
Select Choose Action > New.
3.
At the bottom of the page, click click here next to one of the following options:
To re-edit the policy using the original editor: View and edit the initial settings available in the template.
To edit the policy using this editor: View and edit all settings.

Search the scripting logs

Search the scripting logs

You can search for text strings in the scripting logs. If the organization component is enabled on your appliance, you search scripting logs for each organization separately.

When scripts run on managed devices, logs are created and uploaded to the appliance. You can search for text strings in the scripting logs, and apply labels to devices whose logs match the search text. You can then run actions on the labeled devices as needed.

1.
Go to the Search Scripting Logs 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 Scripting, then click Search Scripting Logs.
2.
In the Search for field, enter the search criteria or text string you want to find. Text strings must be at least four characters in length. Searches with shorter text strings result in zero matches.

Use the following operators when entering search criteria:

Operator

Function

+

Use a leading plus sign to find entries that include the text.

-

Use a leading minus sign to find entries that do not include the text.

*

Use a trailing asterisk to find logs that contain words that begin with the specified characters.

"

Enclose text in double quotes to find exact matches for the phrase.

Option

Description

All uploaded logs

Search all available scripting logs. If the Organization component is enabled on the appliance, the search searches all logs for the selected organization.

Last uploaded logs

Search the most recent scripting logs. If the Organization component is enabled on the appliance, the search searches all logs for the selected organization.

Script

Search logs related to all scripts, or search only the specified script.

Log

Search all logs, or search only the specified log.

Label

Search for logs uploaded by all devices, or search for logs uploaded by devices associated with the specified label.

4.
Click Search.

Exporting scripts

Exporting scripts

If you have multiple organizations or appliances, you can export scripts and transfer them among organizations and appliances as needed.

See About importing and exporting resources.

Managing Mac profiles

Managing Mac profiles

You can use the KACE SMA to distribute Mac profiles to Agent-managed devices running Mac OS X version 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10. Mac profiles contain payloads, or configuration settings, for user-level and system-level policies.

Distributing Mac profiles using the KACE SMA is an efficient way to configure settings on the Mac devices you manage, and it provides an alternative to configuring and distributing profiles using OS X Server.

You can configure user- and system-level Mac profile payloads, or configuration settings, in the KACE SMA Administrator Console. In addition, you can create custom payloads using the Apple Profile Manager, download the MOBILECONFIG file that contains those payloads, and upload that file to the KACE SMA for distribution.

For more information about Mac profiles, go to http://help.apple.com/profilemanager/mac/4.0.

How the KACE SMA Agent distributes profiles

When you add or upload a new Mac profile, the KACE SMA creates the Online KScript required to install or remove the profile from devices. Like other Online KScripts, scripts that contain Mac profiles run when the KACE SMA Agent is connected to the target device according to the schedule and deployment options specified in the profile.

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