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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




SCAP uses the US government’s National Vulnerability Database (NVD), which is a standards-based vulnerability management data repository. NVD includes databases of security checklists, security-related software flaws, misconfigurations, product names, and impact metrics. For more information on SCAP and NVD, go to the NIST websites at and

See About SCAP.

Service Desk is the default name for the end-user trouble-ticket tracking system that is part of the KACE SMA User Console. The Service Desk enables end users to submit trouble tickets through email or through the User Console, http://<KACE_SMA_hostname>/user, where <KACE_SMA_hostname> is the hostname of your appliance. Your help desk team manages these tickets through email, the Administrator Console, http://<KACE_SMA_hostname>/admin, or the KACE GO app. You can customize the categories and fields associated with tickets as needed. See About Service Desk.
single sign on for the Administrator Console and User Console
Single sign on enables users who are logged on to the domain to access the KACE SMA Administrator Console and User Console without having to re-enter their credentials on the KACE SMA login page. See About single sign on (SSO).

Smart Labels are applied to and removed from managed devices when the appliance processes device inventory. So if you create a Smart Label that enables metering on devices, it might take time for the Smart Label to be applied to devices and for devices to report metering information. Metering is enabled for devices that match the Smart Label criteria only after devices are inventoried and the Smart Label is applied.

See Managing Smart Labels.


The connection to Quest Support. The tether enables Quest representatives to connect to your system for troubleshooting. See Enable a tether to Quest Support.
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