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KACE Desktop Authority 11.1 - Administrator Guide

Administrator's Guide
Product Improvement Program Installation Help Concepts User Interface Validation Logic Configuration Computer Management User Management Reference File Paths
Setup Tool

Class

Desktop*

Use the Desktop validation to execute a configuration element on all workstations determined to be a desktop computer.

Portable*

Use the Portable validation logic to execute a configuration element on all devices determined to be a portable device.

Tablet PC

Use the Tablet PC validation logic to execute a configuration element on a Tablet PC.

Embedded

Use the Embedded validation logic to execute a configuration element on a client with an embedded operating system.

Member Server

Use the Member Server validation logic to execute a configuration element on all member servers logging onto the network. A member server is any server on the network that does not authenticate logon requests.

Domain Controller

Use the Domain Controller validation logic to execute a configuration element on all computers that are considered to be a Domain Controller (PDC, BDC, or otherwise). A Domain Controller is any computer that has the ability to authenticate logon requests.

Note: A complex rule set is used to distinguish the class of a computer. This rule set involves the determination of CPU types, batteries and PCMCIA drivers. The methods used to determine the class of a computer is not foolproof.

Timing

Common (User/Computer)

Shut down

Check this box to execute an element when a client computer is shut down.

Refresh - User Management

Check this box to execute an element at a defined interval, following a client logon. The default refresh timer is set to every 60 minutes. The default refresh interval can be changed with the use of a registry setting. This can be automated by configuring a User Management Registry element. The User Management Refresh Timing interval is a separate timing interval from the Computer Management Refresh Timing interval.

To change this interval, create a new User Management Registry element. The interval is defined by specifying the number of minutes. The default value is 60. Entering 0 will disable the Refresh.

Figure 17: Optionally change Computer/User Timing value via Registry key

Refresh - Computer Management

Check this box to execute an element at a defined interval, following a client logon. The default refresh timer is set to every 60 minutes. The Computer Management Refresh Timing interval is a separate timing interval from the User Management Refresh Timing interval.

The Computer Management Refresh Timing interval can be changed using Computer Management Definitions. This can be access by going to Global Options > Computer Management OptionsDefinitions.

Within either the Global or Machine definitions section, click Edit and then Add to create a new definition. From the Name droplist, select Event_Refresh_Time and set the variable to the desired number of minutes. Refer to Computer Management Definitions for further detail about the various definitions that can be set.

User Management

Logon

Check this box to execute an element when a client logs on to the computer. The element will execute during the logon process.

The Logon timing event will be disabled if the parent profile does not have the Logon timing event box selected. This will make the Logon event unavailable for execution at logon.

Desktop

Check this box to execute an element when a client logs on to the computer. The element will execute after the logon process completes.

Logoff

Check this box to execute an element when a client logs off the computer.

The Logoff timing event will be disabled if the parent profile does not have the Logoff timing event box selected. This will make the Logoff event unavailable for execution at logoff.

At logoff, an optional progress bar can be displayed to let the user know that logoff operations are executing. The progress bar state can be set on the Global Options > Visual tab.

Computer Management

Startup

Check this box to execute an element when a client computer is started.

Scheduled

Scheduled timing allows a Computer Management element to be executed at a particular time or period. Check this box to execute an element, once, daily, weekly, or monthly at a specified timeframe.

Schedule options

Schedule Type

Select to use a Custom or Named schedule for this element. A Custom schedule allows the timing specifics to be specified by selecting a Cycle, Time and/or Date. A Custom schedule can be saved as a Named schedule for reuse with other elements. A Named schedule is simply a custom schedule that was previously created and saved.

Cycle

Select a time interval for which the element will execute. Choose from Once, Daily, Weekly or Monthly.

  • Selecting Once as the cycle, will cause the element to be executed a single time on the specified time and date.
  • Selecting Daily as the cycle, allows the element to execute at the specified time, each day. Configure the selected days to Everyday, Weekdays, Selected Days (select the specific days of the week) and Every Number of Days (execute this element every xx day(s)). The number of days is configured when Every number of days is selected.
  • Selecting Weekly as the cycle allows the choice to execute the element on one or more days in the week, as well as the option to execute the element every xx weeks.
  • Selecting Monthly as the cycle allows the selection of the month(s) to execute the element on, as well as the time, and day of week or month.
Advanced options

Do not execute if element has executed within the last xx hours

If a computer is not available at the time a scheduled event occurs, select this option to allow the event to execute for the computer if the event has last been executed within the specified number of hours.

If computer is unavailable at the scheduled time, run as soon as the computer becomes available

Select this box to execute the scheduled event for a computer that has missed a previously scheduled event. The event will be executed when the computer comes back online.

UID

The UID entry is used to make each scheduled element, a unique item. The data in this entry is automatically generated and should not be modified. However, if a scheduled element in the list is set to run only once and must be executed a second time, the UID can be changed by clicking Generate New.

Save as Named Schedule

Click this button to save the Scheduled Settings for use on other elements within the profile and its children.

Note: Each timing event is not necessarily available for all objects. Only the available timing events for each object will be enabled in the Timing validation box. Timing is not an available option for the Time Synchronization, Inactivity, and Mail Profile objects.

Virtualization

Validation Logic Virtualization

Select Virtual Environment in order to execute a configuration element for the specific computer regardless of the user that logs onto the computer.

Non-virtual machines

Select Non-virtual machines to enable validation checking for all computers that are not considered to be virtual.

VMWare

Select VMWare to enable validation checking for a VMWare virtual machine. If the computer is running a VMWare session at the time of logon, the configuration element will be processed. The VMWare virtualization setting includes all VMWare platforms.

Microsoft Virtualization

Select Microsoft Virtualization to enable validation checking for Virtual PC, Virtual Server and Hyper-V virtual machines. If the computer is running a Microsoft virtual session at the time of logon, the configuration element will be processed. The Microsoft Virtualization setting includes all Microsoft Virtual servers and PC platforms.

Citrix Xen

Select Citrix Xen to enable validation checking for a Xen virtual solution. If the computer is running a Xen session at the time of logon, the configuration element will be processed. The Citrix Xen virtualization setting includes all Citrix Xen platforms.

Platform

Validation Logic Architecture

Select Platform Type to enable validation checking based on the Operating System platform, x32 or x64 operating system. If the computer is running an operating system platform that matches one of the platforms selected, the configuration element will be processed.

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