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KACE Desktop Authority 11.2.1 - Administrator Guide

Administrator's Guide
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Setup Tool

Profile Settings

The Profiles branch of the Navigation pane is where all the client configurations take place. The profile tree is broken up into Computer Management Profiles and User Management Profiles. Within each section, profiles are created and objects are configured within each profile. Objects are intuitively divided into their respective sections of the profile tree.

Computer Management profile objects

User Management profile objects

*Note: These features are not available for Desktop Authority Essentials. To obtain these features, Desktop Authority Essentials must be upgraded to the Standard edition of Desktop Authority.

MSI Packages is only available to customers who use Desktop Authority Professional.

Computer Management

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Desktop Authority Administrator Guide
Updated - January 2022
Software Version - 11.2.1

What is Computer Management?

Computer Management allows computers in the enterprise to be configured whether or not a user is logged in to the system. Configurations that apply to the computer operating system, as well as configurations that apply to all users, can be configured.

Computer Management configurations are applied by the Computer Management Agent. This agent runs as a Windows service, starting when Windows is started and always available to apply configuration until Windows is shut down. The agent can apply configured settings at Windows Startup and Shutdown, at Refresh intervals, and at any scheduled time established by the admin. Desktop Authority uses patented Validation Logic for Computer Management so the admin can target computer specific settings based on a robust set of selection criteria.

Computer Management is especially helpful in configuring desktops during non-working hours and in configuring servers, where there may be no user logins to trigger configurations and where you want to manage the environment rather than the user’s environment.

Application Launcher

The Application Launcher object allows you to define and launch applications on the client computer at Startup, Shutdown, defined Refresh intervals or based on customized Schedules.  

In addition to launching standard applications, such as Internet Explorer or Outlook, the Application Launcher object is the perfect way to update your client’s anti-virus signatures, using the update executable supplied by the vendor of your anti-virus software.

The Computer Management Application Launcher cannot be used to launch or execute anything that requires user interaction or shows a dialog box. This is because the Computer Management Service runs as a non-interactive service and cannot present anything to a user.

Learn more about the Configuration Element list


File name including path

Enter the complete path and filename where the application’s executable exists or click Browse to locate the executable’s path. Desktop Authority’s dynamic variable selection is available for this field by pressing F2.


Enter any optional parameters (switches) to be passed to the launched application.

Launch asynchronously

Select this check box to run the application asynchronously. In asynchronous mode, the applications will run at the same time. If this check box is cleared, applications will run one after another. Each application must complete before the next one will begin.

Continue execution after xx hours, xx minutes, if the application has not closed

When launching an application, Desktop Authority may stop its processing if the application does not finish processing and close successfully. A machine reboot will allow Desktop Authority to complete. Select this checkbox to allow Desktop Authority to continue processing even if the Application launcher action does not complete. Enter the amount of time, in hours and minutes, for Desktop Authority to wait for the application completion.

If the application is still processing after the time has elapsed, Desktop Authority will execute the profile object element, leaving the current application process started.

Execution Options

Show Balloon message to user before element executes

Check this box to show a pop up message from the system tray before each Desktop Authority element is executed on the computer. Enter the message text into the Text box.

Ask user's permission to execute element

Select this box to pause execution and request permission via a message box to execute an element on the desktop. Enter a message into the Text box. This text will be used on the on permission message box.


Enter the text that will be displayed to the user to request permission to execute the application.

Message box will timeout after xx seconds

When permission is requested from the user, the message box will be displayed for the number of seconds specified here.

Default answer if message box times out

If there is no response during the timeout period, the message box will be accepted or dismissed based on the specified default answer.

Authorized by

Optionally enter then name of the person who authorized the specified configuration to take place.

Reboot after element executes

Select this option to determine the timing in which a reboot will take place, if required, by the executed element.

Reboot type
Reboot immediately without user interaction

Allow the required reboot to happen immediately following the element configuration.

Reboot with count down (machine will reboot when count down dialog comes out, unless postponed)

The user will be provided a countdown timer before the reboot event occurs. Specify the number of seconds for the countdown in the Seconds until reboot box.

Remind user that a reboot is required (will not reboot unless user approves)

Select this option to delay the reboot to a time that the user deems acceptable.

Reboot timeout
Seconds until reboot

Enter the number of seconds to count down until reboot occurs.

Allow users to postpone reboot

Select this box to allow the user to postpone the impending reboot.


Select the Timing tab to configure when this element will be executed. Computer Management objects can execute at computer Startup, Shutdown, defined Refresh intervals or based on customized Schedules.

Validation Logic

Select the Validation Logic tab to set the validation rules for this element.


Select the Notes tab to create any additional notes needed to document the profile element.


When adding or modifying a profile object element, the description appears above the settings tab. Enter a description to annotate the element. The default value for new profile elements can be changed by going to the system Preferences.

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