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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

Change the User Console logo and login text at the Admin-level

Change the User Console logo and login text at the Admin-level

You can change the title, welcome text, and logo of the User Console to match your company's branding needs.

If the Organization component is enabled on your appliance, you can specify custom logos at the Admin (organization) level as well as the System level. Admin-level logo settings, however, take precedence over System-level logo settings, which enables you to specify different logos for each organization. If you do not select a custom logo for an organization, the System-level setting is used. See Change the User Console logo and text at the System level.

1.
Go to the Admin-level General Settings page:
a.
Log in to the KACE SMA Administrator Console, http://KACE_SMA_hostname/admin.
c.
On the Control Panel, click General Settings.
2.
In the User Console section, customize the text in the following fields:

Option

Description

Title

The heading that appears on the User Console login page.

Welcome Message

A welcome note or description of the User Console. This text appears following the title on the User Console login page.

3.
In the Logo Overrides section, select the graphics to use:

Option

Description

User Console

The logo or other graphic displayed at the top of the User Console. Follow these guidelines for graphics:

Report

The logo or other graphic displayed at the top of each report.

4.
Click Save and Restart Services.
Figure 14. Default logoUser Console home page

The image of the default User Console Home page shows the Dell logo in the upper left

Figure 15. Custom logo onUser Console home page

The image of the custom User Console Home page includes the custom logo in place of the default Dell logo

The image of the default report displays the Dell logo in the upper left.

The image of the custom report includes the custom logo in place of the default Dell logo

Show or hide action buttons and widgets on the User Console home page

Show or hide action buttons and widgets on the User Console home page

You can show or hide the action buttons and widgets that appear on the home page of the User Console. Action buttons enable users to quickly access the pages where they can file Service Desk tickets and download software through the User Console. Widgets enable you to add customized links and announcements to the User Console home page.

Action buttons are displayed the User Console for each Service Desk globally, regardless of a user's ticket queue permissions. However, if the Organization component is enabled on your system, you manage action buttons and widgets for each organization's Service Desk separately.

1.
Go to the User Console Home Page Settings 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 Service Desk, then click Configuration.
c.
On the Configuration panel, in the User Console Home Page section, click Configure User Console Home Page.

Option

Description

Display Quick Actions

Show or hide the quick-action links that appear on the User Console download page. Text for these links includes:

Ticket Quick Action: Have a problem? Report it
Downloads Page Quick Action: Want software? Go to the Downloads page

Main Panel Widgets

Show or hide the widgets for:

Tickets: Links to tickets filed by the user and the link, View My Tickets, which takes users to the Tickets list.
Knowledge Base: Links to Knowledge Base articles available to the user.

Right Panel Widgets

Show or hide the widgets for:

Announcements: Messages you want to display to the user.
Helpful links: HTML links to your corporate intranet, wiki, cloud applications, or any other web resource.
3.
Click Save.
Quick Actions and widgets are shown or hidden on the User Console home page immediately. If users are logged in and viewing the User Console home page, the link is displayed when the page is refreshed.

Add announcements, links, and Knowledge Base articles. See:

Show or hide links to Knowledge Base articles on the User Console home page

Show or hide links to Knowledge Base articles on the User Console home page

You can show or hide links to Knowledge Base articles that appear on the home page of the User Console. In addition, you can use labels to show Knowledge Base articles to, or hide them from, different groups of users.

To manage links to Knowledge Base articles, you must create at least one Knowledge Base article. See Add, edit, or duplicate Knowledge Base articles.

To use labels to show or hide Knowledge Base article links, you must create at least one user label. See Add or edit manual labels.

1.
Go to the User Console Home Page Settings 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 Service Desk, then click Configuration.
c.
On the Configuration panel, in the User Console Home Page section, click Configure User Console Home Page.
2.
In the Main Panel Widgets section, select the check box next to Knowledge Base Widget.
3.
Click Save.
The setting is saved and the Service Desk Configuration panel appears.
4.
To control access to Knowledge Base articles, go to the Article Detail page and apply user labels to articles:
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 Service Desk, then click Knowledge Base.
c.
To display the Article Detail page, do one of the following:
Select Choose Action > New.
d.
In the Assign to Labels section, select the label you want to associate with the article, then click Save.
5.
To enable users to view the article, go to the Users list and apply the label to user accounts:
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 Settings, then click Users.
c.
On the Users list, select the check boxes next to the users who should be able to view the article.
d.
Select Choose Action > Apply Labels.
e.
Drag the label associated with the Knowledge Base article into the Apply these labels box, then click Apply Labels.

Add, edit, hide, or delete User Console announcements

Add, edit, hide, or delete User Console announcements

You can add announcements to be displayed on the User Console home page, and you can edit, hide, or delete existing announcements as needed.

To display announcements, you must configure Service Desk to show the Announcements widget. See Customizing the User Console home page.

Announcements are displayed the User Console for each Service Desk globally, regardless of a user's ticket queue permissions. However, if the Organization component is enabled on your system, you manage announcements for each organization's Service Desk separately.

NOTE: The first 140 characters of each announcement are displayed on the User Console home page. If announcements exceed 140 characters, a Show More link enables users to read the entire announcement.
1.
Go to the User Console Announcements 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 Service Desk, then click Announcements.
a.
Click Add Announcement.

Option

Description

Message Title

(Required) The title you want to use for the Announcement.

NOTE: Links cannot be used in the Message Title field.

Message Body

(Optional) Any additional information you want to display, including links. This information appears below the title.

When creating links for announcement messages, use any of these formats:

Hidden

(Optional) Whether to show or hide the announcement on the User Console home page. This action is useful when you have messages that you want to show or hide periodically, such as announcements about system status or planned maintenance. Select the check box to hide the announcement. Clear the check box to show the announcement.

Assigned to Labels

(Optional) The user labels to which the announcement applies. If you select a label, the announcement is displayed to users only if the label is applied to their user account. This action is useful if you want to display announcements to groups of users, such as users located in different geographic locations, and you have created and applied labels for those users.

c.
Click Save.
If the Announcements widget is enabled for Service Desk, the Announcement appears on the User Console Home page according to the settings you selected.
3.
To edit an announcement, click Edit under the announcement title, then click Save.
The changes appear on the User Console home page immediately. If users are logged in and viewing the User Console home page, the announcement is deleted when the page is refreshed.
a.
Click Edit under the announcement title.
c.
Click Save.
The announcement is hidden from the User Console home page immediately. If users are logged in and viewing the User Console home page, the announcement is hidden when the page is refreshed.
The announcement is hidden from the User Console home page immediately. If users are logged in and viewing the User Console home page, the announcement is hidden when the page is refreshed.
6.
To delete an announcement, click Delete under the announcement title, then click Yes in the confirmation window.
The announcement is removed from the User Console home page immediately. If users are logged in and viewing the User Console home page, the announcement is deleted when the page is refreshed.
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