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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

Restore the appliance from backups

Restore the appliance from backups

You can restore the appliance from backup files as needed.

If you are restoring files from an off-appliance location, you have uploaded a matching pair of Differential and Base backup files to the appliance. See Upload backup files to the appliance.

If you are migrating an appliance to a new KACE SMA, the two appliances must be the same version. If that is not the case, you must upgrade the old appliance to the version running on the new appliance.

1.
Go to the appliance Control Panel:
If the Organization component is enabled on the appliance, log in to the KACE SMA System Administration Console, http://KACE_SMA_hostname/system, or select System in the drop-down list in the top-right corner of the page, then click Settings.
2.
Click Backup Settings to display the Backup Settings page.
3.
In the Restore section, select the pair of files you want to restore.
4.
Click Restore from Backup, then click Yes to confirm.
The appliance is restored and restarted. The Administrator Console and the User Console are unavailable during the restore process.

This process can take up to one hour and the appliance will be unavailable during this time. The amount of time for a restore depends on the size of the backup files. Once the restore completes, the appliance reboots. After the reboot, the KACE SMA will be in the same state as when the backup files were created. This includes the same authentication settings, network settings, and so on.

If the IP settings are not set upon reboot, try rebooting one or two times, to properly set the IP settings. If not they are not set using that method, try using the Console login netdiag/netdiag utility, and update the IP address there.

The appliance is restored and restarted.

Restore the appliance to factory settings

Restore the appliance to factory settings

The appliance has a built-in ability to restore factory settings. This is useful if you encounter problems and you need to remove all custom configurations.

1.
Go to the appliance Control Panel:
If the Organization component is enabled on the appliance, log in to the KACE SMA System Administration Console, http://KACE_SMA_hostname/system, or select System in the drop-down list in the top-right corner of the page, then click Settings.
2.
Click Backup Settings to display the Backup Settings page.
3.
At the bottom of the page, click Factory Reset, then click Yes to confirm.

Updating appliance software

Updating appliance software

You can check for and install appliance software updates. When you update the appliance, custom configurations, such as Service Desk and Asset customizations, are preserved.

Check for and apply advertised appliance updates

Check for and apply advertised appliance updates

The KACE SMA checks with the servers at Quest daily to determine whether appliance software updates are available. These updates are referred to as advertised updates.

If updates are available, an alert appears on the Home page the next time you log in with Administrator account privileges.

1.
Go to the appliance Control Panel:
If the Organization component is enabled on the appliance, log in to the KACE SMA System Administration Console, http://KACE_SMA_hostname/system, or select System in the drop-down list in the top-right corner of the page, then click Settings.
2.
On the left navigation bar, click Appliance Updates to display the Appliance Updates page.
3.
In the Server section, click Check for Update to display the Logs page.
5.
Click Update.

The update is applied. The Administrator Console is unavailable until the update is complete. Progress appears in the browser window and in the Administrator Console.

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