LATEST – June 2023
We are excited to announce our most recent updates to KACE Cloud.
In our latest release, we are introducing the following features.
- Installation of Windows EXE and ZIP apps. Installing a Windows app distributed through an EXE or ZIP file requires a set of parameters that need to be provided while adding the app to the KACE Cloud Apps Library. Start by installing the app on a test machine and obtaining the required values before adding it to the library. The upload process is fairly straight-forward. Simply navigate to the Apps Library and choose Add New > Upload App (.exe, .zip). Next, specify the required app options. You can edit these options at a later time, if needed.
- Android Management API (AMAPI) device enrollments. AMAPI device enrollments, introduced in this release, use a Google Android agent that interacts with KACE Cloud through the Android Management APIs. To follow this enrollment path, you must create a valid AMAPI configuration in Google Console and connect the required elements with KACE Cloud. Devices enrolled using this path require the Google Android Device Policy app. Silent authentication is not supported in AMAPI enrollments.
The Google Android agent, used in AMAPI enrollments, does not support certificate management. The KACE Cloud AMAPI Companion App, also added in this release, extends the Google agent's functionality, allowing you to manage certificates on AMAPI-enrolled devices. This app must be installed on any Android devices that are enrolled through AMAPI and require the use of certificates.
- Improved editing of Windows Custom Profiles. Starting in this release, the OMA-URI field in the Custom Profile view supports auto-completion and displays the available segments for each level in the path as you type. You can also use it to search for a desired term, or for a specific element, as you assemble the URI. When you finalize the path, description about the selected path appears, along with a link to the associated topic in the Microsoft documentation.
- Patch Statistics dashboard. This dashboard shows the deployment status of patches that are associated with managed devices. This information can help administrators to understand the level of patch compliance in their environment, and to look for any indicators that can improve the overall security of their environment. The dashboard displays a variety of statistical data to assist the administrator to easily identify the software patches that can be rolled out to specific devices.
- Ability to report on macOS and iOS update profiles. New properties are added to the Devices and Device Policy Configurations entity sets in KACE Cloud reports, to easily report on macOS and iOS auto-updates and version upgrades.
- Apple VPP API upgrade. Device administrators can now use the new Apple VPP API to manage Apple VPP purchases.
- KACE Cloud Secure entitlement enforcement. KACE Cloud Secure licenses allow you to update the software on your managed Windows and macOS devices to their latest versions. A KACE Cloud Secure license is consumed each time any enrolled device uses a KACE Cloud Secure feature. For example:
- When a patch is deployed to an enrolled KACE Cloud device, a license is consumed. Only when all patches are rolled back from the device and the device is considered unpatched, the license is released.
- When a device uses an iOS or macOS feature upgrade, or a Windows Feature Update, a license is allocated for that device. The license is not released even if the feature is rolled back.
A license is released when:
- All patches are rolled back from a device and the device is considered unpatched.
- A managed KACE Cloud Secure device becomes unenrolled.
When a device is listed as being out of compliance due to insufficient KACE Cloud Secure licenses, this is stated in the Device History and also on the device's Policies tab.
- Ability to specify tenant-wide time zone. KACE Cloud Administrators can apply the tenant's zone to all devices, to those that do not report a time zone, and also override the policy schedule time zone on applicable devices, as applicable.
For more information, visit the KACE Cloud Help Center, where you can also find the full set of Release Notes, which includes the most recent list of resolved issues.
Be sure to check out the KACE Cloud Product Support page to find knowledge base articles, notifications, video tutorials, and a product user forum.