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KACE as a Service 7.1 - Administrator Guide

About the KACE Systems Management Appliance (K1000) 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 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 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 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
Setting up License Compliance Managing License Compliance Setting up Service Desk Creating and managing organizations Importing and exporting appliance resources
Managing inventory
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 K1000 Agent Manually deploying the K1000 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 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
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 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 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 K1000
Appendixes Glossary About us Legal notices

Prepare asset data before importing

Importing asset data using CSV files

You can import asset data, such as software license data, using CSV (comma separated value) files.

Prepare asset data before importing

Verify that asset data is appropriate and formatted properly before importing it.

3.
Verify that all columns map to equivalent Asset Fields in the Asset Type.
Asset Types include default fields, such as Asset Name, Purchase Order Number, and Vendor, but you can add custom asset fields if necessary. See About adding and deleting asset fields.
Example: Import license data from prepared spreadsheets

You can import license data from prepared CSV files.

This example describes how to import License assets for Software Catalog inventory. The example shows only the fields that are required for License asset import. You can add additional files, such as unit cost, publisher, product keys, and so on to meet your information management needs.

If you want to assign the imported assets to an Asset Subtype, add the subtype before you import the assets. See Add Asset Subtypes and select Device Detail page preferences.

Asset Name

License Count

License Mode

Includes Maintenance

Applies to Software Catalog

Software Title 1

100

Enterprise

Yes

Software Title 1

Software Title 2

150

Enterprise

Yes

Software Title 2

Software Title 3

200

Enterprise

Yes

Software Title 3

Software Title 4

500

Enterprise

Yes

Software Title 4

The values in each column are separated by commas. For example: Software Title 1,100,Enterprise,Yes,Software Title 1
4.
Go to the Upload File page in the Import Assets section:
a.
Log in to the K1000 Administrator Console, http://K1000_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 Assets, then click Import Assets.
5.
Click Browse or Choose File, then select the CSV file.
The Asset Type Selection page appears.
a.
In the Asset Type drop-down list, select License.
b.
In the Asset Subtype drop-down list, select Productivity.
NOTE: In this example, the Asset Subtype, Productivity, has been added to the License Asset Type. The Subtype drop-down list is empty if you have not added subtypes for the License Asset Type. During import, all assets are assigned to the selected subtype.
c.
Click Next.
The Mapping page appears.
8.
In the CSV Fields drop-down list, select the fields that correspond to the appliance Required Standard Fields and Required Asset Fields. The mapping of these fields depends on the contents of your CSV file and the Asset Type. For the example in this section, use the following values:
Asset Name=Asset Name
License Count=License Count
9.
Select the PK check box next to the Asset Name field.
10.
If the assets you are importing use barcodes, in the Barcode Fields area, indicate how you want to import the barcodes.

Option

Description

Update asset barcodes with selected

Check if the barcodes supplied in this area already exist, and if they do, update them. If they do not exist, they are created for the specified assets.

Replace all asset barcodes with selected

Replace the existing barcodes with the specified barcodes.

Barcode Data

The field in the CSV file that contains the barcode. There can be only one barcode of the same type per asset.

Barcode Name

The field in the CSV file that contains the barcode tag. Barcode numbers are always unique, they cannot be shared between multiple assets. However, it is possible for an active asset to share a barcode with an archived asset.

Barcode Format

The field in the CSV file that contains the barcode format. For example, UPC-A, Code 11, or UPC-E.

11.
Click Preview to verify the data on the Confirmation page.
12.
Click Import to complete the import process.
The Result for Asset Import page appears.
13.
Click Done to return to the Assets page.
When the import is complete, the assets appear in the Assets list. If the titles of the software matched titles in the Software Catalog inventory, the assets are associated with the inventory items and you can view them on the Software Catalog Detail page for the items.

Example: Import license data from prepared spreadsheets

Importing asset data using CSV files

You can import asset data, such as software license data, using CSV (comma separated value) files.

Prepare asset data before importing

Verify that asset data is appropriate and formatted properly before importing it.

3.
Verify that all columns map to equivalent Asset Fields in the Asset Type.
Asset Types include default fields, such as Asset Name, Purchase Order Number, and Vendor, but you can add custom asset fields if necessary. See About adding and deleting asset fields.
Example: Import license data from prepared spreadsheets

You can import license data from prepared CSV files.

This example describes how to import License assets for Software Catalog inventory. The example shows only the fields that are required for License asset import. You can add additional files, such as unit cost, publisher, product keys, and so on to meet your information management needs.

If you want to assign the imported assets to an Asset Subtype, add the subtype before you import the assets. See Add Asset Subtypes and select Device Detail page preferences.

Asset Name

License Count

License Mode

Includes Maintenance

Applies to Software Catalog

Software Title 1

100

Enterprise

Yes

Software Title 1

Software Title 2

150

Enterprise

Yes

Software Title 2

Software Title 3

200

Enterprise

Yes

Software Title 3

Software Title 4

500

Enterprise

Yes

Software Title 4

The values in each column are separated by commas. For example: Software Title 1,100,Enterprise,Yes,Software Title 1
4.
Go to the Upload File page in the Import Assets section:
a.
Log in to the K1000 Administrator Console, http://K1000_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 Assets, then click Import Assets.
5.
Click Browse or Choose File, then select the CSV file.
The Asset Type Selection page appears.
a.
In the Asset Type drop-down list, select License.
b.
In the Asset Subtype drop-down list, select Productivity.
NOTE: In this example, the Asset Subtype, Productivity, has been added to the License Asset Type. The Subtype drop-down list is empty if you have not added subtypes for the License Asset Type. During import, all assets are assigned to the selected subtype.
c.
Click Next.
The Mapping page appears.
8.
In the CSV Fields drop-down list, select the fields that correspond to the appliance Required Standard Fields and Required Asset Fields. The mapping of these fields depends on the contents of your CSV file and the Asset Type. For the example in this section, use the following values:
Asset Name=Asset Name
License Count=License Count
9.
Select the PK check box next to the Asset Name field.
10.
If the assets you are importing use barcodes, in the Barcode Fields area, indicate how you want to import the barcodes.

Option

Description

Update asset barcodes with selected

Check if the barcodes supplied in this area already exist, and if they do, update them. If they do not exist, they are created for the specified assets.

Replace all asset barcodes with selected

Replace the existing barcodes with the specified barcodes.

Barcode Data

The field in the CSV file that contains the barcode. There can be only one barcode of the same type per asset.

Barcode Name

The field in the CSV file that contains the barcode tag. Barcode numbers are always unique, they cannot be shared between multiple assets. However, it is possible for an active asset to share a barcode with an archived asset.

Barcode Format

The field in the CSV file that contains the barcode format. For example, UPC-A, Code 11, or UPC-E.

11.
Click Preview to verify the data on the Confirmation page.
12.
Click Import to complete the import process.
The Result for Asset Import page appears.
13.
Click Done to return to the Assets page.
When the import is complete, the assets appear in the Assets list. If the titles of the software matched titles in the Software Catalog inventory, the assets are associated with the inventory items and you can view them on the Software Catalog Detail page for the items.

Managing License Compliance

Managing License Compliance

You can track the number of software licenses that have been purchased, the number in use on managed devices, and the number that are available. This type of tracking helps you to ensure that your company complies with software license requirements.

For example, if you have 100 licenses for the Adobe® Creative Suite, you might want to know how many of those licenses are actually being used on managed devices. In addition, you might want to know when 80 or 90 percent of those licenses are in use so that you can increase license capacity if necessary. You can customize license usage warning thresholds to track license compliance.

View License Compliance information for Software Catalog applications

View License Compliance information for Software Catalog applications

To ensure that your organization has the correct licenses for installed software, you can view License Compliance information on the License Compliance list and on the License Compliance Dashboard widget. The License Compliance list shows all the software license information you have added through License assets, as well as information from the Software Catalog about applications that require licenses.

a.
Log in to the K1000 Administrator Console, http://K1000_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 Inventory, then click License Compliance.
NOTE: Information on the License Compliance list is updated every day after the appliance daily backup is complete. If the list is empty, either there are no applications in the Software Catalog inventory, or the information on the page has not been updated. In addition, if all the variances show negative numbers, which indicates that there are more installations than license seats, verify that you have added License assets for the applications. See Add License assets for Software Catalog inventory.
2.
To force the appliance to update License Compliance information, click Update Now above the list on the left. Depending on the number of applications in inventory, this process might take a few minutes.
TIP: When you click Update Now, the appliance updates the data for each of the items on the list. However, when you click the Refresh button above the list on the right, the appliance simply redisplays the information already collected. It does not obtain new license usage information.
Information on the License Compliance page includes:

Column name

Description

Name

The name of the application.

Publisher

The name of the application publisher.

Installed

The number of application installations on Agent-managed devices.

Licensed

The number of seats remaining under the license.

Variance

The difference, if any, between the number of license seats available and the number of application installations. A negative number indicates that the application has been installed on more devices than the license allows, and therefore it is out of compliance.

Used Last 90 Days

The number of application installations that have been launched in the previous 90 days. A dash in this column indicates that metering is not enabled for the application.

Not Used Last 90 Days

The number of application installations that have not been launched in the previous 90 days. A dash in this column indicates that metering is not enabled for the application.

Coverage

The license type. License types include:

Upgrade: The installed application has been upgraded from an earlier version (requires a maintenance agreement).
Downgrade: The installed application is using a license for a later version (requires downgrade rights).
Original: The installed application is using a license that matches its version number.
None: The application is installed without a license.

Platform

The operating system on which the application runs.

Edition

The name of the edition related to the application, such as Professional Edition or Standard Edition.

3.
To sort the list, click View By, then select a view.
You can view applications by Product, such as Microsoft Office, or by Product and Edition, such as Microsoft Office Professional and Office Standard. For example, if you wanted to see all editions of Microsoft Office applications under one heading, you could select Product in the View By drop-down list. The Licensed column shows the number of seats available to all applications in the Microsoft Office group. To show Microsoft Office applications by edition, select Product and Edition in the View By drop-down list. The Licensed column shows the number of seats available to each edition of Microsoft Office.
TIP: When a group, such as Office, is collapsed to show only the top-level item, a warning icon is displayed to the left of the Name column if any item in the group has a negative variance or is using more seats than the license allows: .
4.
To view the License Compliance widget, click Home on the left navigation bar to go to the Admin-level Dashboard page.
TIP: If the License Compliance widget is not visible, click Customize in the upper right to install it. See Customize Dashboard pages.
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