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KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 4.1 - Administrator Guide

About the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance (K2000) Getting started Using the Dashboard Configuring the K2000 Setting up user accounts and user authentication Configuring security settings Preparing for deployment Managing device inventory Using labels Creating a Windows Boot Environment Managing drivers Capturing images Capturing user states Creating scripted installations Creating a task sequence Automating deployments Performing manual deployments Imaging Mac devices About the Remote Site Appliance Importing and exporting appliance components Managing disk space Troubleshooting appliance issues Updating appliance software About us Legal notices Glossary

Automating deployments

K2000 boot actions automate scripted installation, system image, and multicast WIM and DMG image deployments by initiating the deployment the next time that the target device network boots in to the K2000 Boot Environment (KBE) or NetBoot Environment at a scheduled time.

The appliance boot process requires that the device Network Interface Card (NIC) is in the BIOS boot order because the appliance identifies devices by their MAC address.

You can create a boot action for one device or for multiple devices, and assign multiple boot actions to the same device by managing the boot action schedule.

When you make changes to an existing boot action, the boot action with previous information is deleted automatically.

Create a boot action

Create a boot action

You can create a boot action to automate scripted installation, system image, and K2000 Boot Environment and NetBoot environment deployments to devices that are in Device Inventory, Network Inventory, scanned devices, or to any device with a known MAC address.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Deployments to display the Automated Deployments page.
2.
Select Choose Action > New Boot Action to display the Automated Deployment Detail page.
3.
Under Boot Action Details:
a.
Assign a Name to the boot action.
b.
In the From box, select the K2000 or a linked RSA appliance containing the deployment that you want to automate.
c.
Select a deployment from the Deployment drop-down list.
System images only. The list of system images depends on your selection in the From box:
d.
Add Notes to identify the boot action.
4.
Under Options > Schedule, select one of the following to run the deployment:
a.
Run at next boot: Initiates the deployment on the next network boot.
b.
Schedule to run later: Specifies a day and time: Run once on: every (day), at: H (hour), and M (minute). Run repeatedly runs the deployment every day at the time you specify.
5.
Under Options > Type, select a unicast or multicast deployment.
a.
Optional: In Timeout to wait for connection 'Ready to receive' state, increase the timeout to allow target devices more time to network boot. The default is ten minutes.
b.
Click Show advanced settings to change the default multicast address, control channel port, multicast hops, transmission rate, and log level.
7.
Optional: For multicast deployments, in Timeout to wait for connection 'Ready to receive' state, increase the timeout to allow target devices more time to network boot. The default is 10 minutes. Click Show advanced settings to change the default multicast address, control channel port, and transmission rate for this deployment. .
8.
Under Devices, enter one or more MAC addresses, or select devices from the View All drop-down list to add devices to the deployment.
9.
Click Save.
The Automated Deployments page lists the boot action.

Run deployment on next network boot

Run deployment on next network boot

You can initiate a scripted installation or a system image deployment of the operating system the next time that one or more target devices boot in to the K2000 Boot Environment (KBE).

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Deployments to display the Automated Deployments page.
2.
Under Name, select the boot action to display the Automated Deployment Detail page.
3.
Under Options > Schedule, select Run at next boot to deploy the image on the next network boot.
4.
Click Save.
On the left navigation pane, click Progress to view the status of an automated deployment currently running or click Audit Log to view the status of completed automated deployments.

Modify a boot action

Modify a boot action

You can add devices to a boot action, remove devices, change the scheduling options, switch from a unicast or to a multicast deployment for WIM and DMG images, and rename the boot action. You cannot change the image for a boot action.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Deployments to display the Automated Deployments page.
2.
Under Name, select the boot action to display the Automated Deployment Detail page.
4.
Click Save.
The Automated Deployments page lists the boot action.
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