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KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 7.0 Common Documents - Administrator Guide

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

Upload OS installation or source files

Upload OS installation or source files

You can use the KACE SDA Media Manager to upload the operating system source and installation files to the KACE SDA.

For more information about this tool, see About the Media Manager.

Click Start > All Programs > Quest > KACE SDA Media Manager to display the KACE SDA Media Manager.
The General Settings page appears on the right.
On the General Settings page, in the SDA Hostname field, enter the IP address of the KACE SDA.
In the SDA IP Address field, enter the IP address segments of the KACE SDA.
In the SDA Samba Share Password field, enter the password. This password must match the password that you entered in the SDA Samba Share Password field on the General Settings page.
The Upload Source Media page appears on the right.
On the Upload Source Media page, in Source Media Name, type a unique logical name.
In Source Media Type, allow the Media Manager to either automatically detect the OS of the selected source media (available for most operating systems), or select one from the list, as needed.
In Source Media Path, click Browse and select the location of the image.

Verify that the IP address is the actual IP address of the KACE SDA, and not the RSA.

Click Upload Source Media.

When the process completes, the image appears on the KACE SDA Source Media page.

View source media details

View source media details

You can view information about source media, such as the file size and the date that the files were uploaded to the KACE SDA.

On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Source Media to display the Source Media page.
Under Name, select the image to display the Source Media Detail page.
Optional: Click Cancel to close the page.
Click Delete to remove the source media from the appliance.
Click Save.

View or update source media metadata

View or update source media metadata

You can view the versions and architecture of the supported operating systems, and to update that metadata periodically, as needed.

On the left navigation pane, click Settings to display the Control Panel, then click General Settings to display the General Settings page.

For more information about source media metadata, visit

Choosing the type of deployment

Choosing the type of deployment

You can deploy the operating system to different devices models, and the KACE SDA will pull the drivers from its resource library for scripted installation deployments. You can copy the state of a device, such as all of the drives, the OS and system settings, programs, and files to perform system image deployments.

Scripted installation deployments

Use a scripted installation when using an ISO for the OS and create an answer file for the deployment.

System image deployments

Capture an image from a device including all of the device drives, the OS, system settings, programs, and files.

Deployment methods

Automated Deployments: Uses boot actions to initiate scripted installation and system images deployments. Supports unicast and multicast deployments.
Manual Deployments: Use manual deployments when deploying directly from the source media, for USB image deployments when the target device is not connected to the network.
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