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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

About the device action icons

About the device action icons

The appliance provides device action icons, which are scripted actions that can be performed on managed devices. There are several pre-programmed actions available. To run device actions, you must have the Administrator Console open in Internet browser.

Internet Explorer® requires ActiveX to start these programs on the local device. Other browsers do not support ActiveX. Telnet or VNC-Java Remote Control works with other browsers such as Safari® and Firefox®.

Table 3. Device action icons

Remote access program

Host requirements

Client requirements




SSH client

Connects to devices by default using SSH on port 8443.

DameWare® Mini Remote Control


DMRC client

Installs on the device the first time a connection is opened.



Windows/SMB share

Displays shared directories for the device. The full path of the start-up file is required.

Microsoft Remote Desktop


Remote Desktop

Opens a remote desktop session with the device. Only supports Windows devices.




Handles the connection request if the device is online.




Opens an SSH connection from the browser host to the target device.




Opens a session from the browser host to the target device.




Opens a session from the browser host to the target device.

VNC-Java Remote Control


VNC Java Client

Opens a session from the browser host to the target device that has network booted in to the KBE. Requires a Java virtual machine (JVM).

Run an action on devices

Run an action on devices

You can run device actions, which are scripted commands that you run on devices remotely. To run device action on remote devices, the programs must be installed on the devices.

On the left navigation pane, click Settings to display the Control Panel, then click General Settings to display the General Settings page.
Select a program from the Icon: Action: drop-down list next to 1 or add your own action.
Enter your own action, in Icon: Device Action next to 2 enter:
executable_name KACE_SDA_host_name | KACE_SDA_host_IP

where KACE_SDA_host_name and KACE_SDA_host_IP are the host name and IP address of the appliance. Some programs require a protocol, port, or URL. For example, Internet Explorer requires leading slashes to indicate a network address: \\KACE_SDA_host_name.

The executable_name is the full path to the program start-up file on the browser host, including the command-line parameters that the ActiveX components on the appliance use to open the session. To start the session, the software must be present on the browser host and the target device.

Click Save.

The appliance displays the device action icon next to host name or IP address of the device on the Device Inventory page.

Access remote devices using a VNC session

Access remote devices using a VNC session

You can access remote devices using the pre-programmed VNC-Java Remote Control device action.

The VNC program must be selected from the Icon: Action: drop-down list on the General Settings page. See Run an action on devices.
On the left navigation pane, click Devices to display the Device Inventory page.
In the menu bar Host / IP Address column, click the device action.

The Boot Manager appears on the target device. You can perform deployments and troubleshoot devices.

Using labels

Labels enable you to organize the KACE SDA components, which can be useful for grouping new devices, grouping devices by deployment type, users, user state templates, and user profiles and data. You can apply the same label to more than one component.

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