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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

Creating a Windows or Linux Boot Environment

You can create a KACE Boot Environment (KBE) for Windows systems using the KACE SDA Media Manager. For Linux systems, when you upload a Linux source media, the appliance automatically creates a Linux boot environment.

For Windows boot environments, install the Windows ADK and the KACE SDA Media Manager on the Administrator device where you installed the KACE SDA. The Windows ADK provides network card drivers that the KBE requires to boot target devices. Target devices must be on the same network as the KACE SDA.

You can import a KBE from a different location, by exporting the KBE from a different KACE SDA, and saving the exported .pkg file to the KACE SDA restore directory. See Import appliance components.

Create a Windows boot environment

Create a Windows boot environment

You can use the KACE SDA Media Manager to create a Windows KACE Boot Environment (KBE) or a NetBoot environment to boot devices to capture images and to deploy operating systems.

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Run the Media Manager from Start > All Programs > Quest > KACE SDA Media Manager.
The General Settings page appears on the right.
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On the General Settings page, in the SDA Hostname field, enter the IP address of the KACE SDA.
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In the SDA IP Address field, enter the IP address segments of the KACE SDA.
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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.
NOTE: If you change the Samba share password on the General Settings page, all Windows boot environments are automatically updated to use the new password.
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In the WAIK or WADK Path field, provide the path to the applicable Windows AIK or ADK files. For example:
WinPE 10 Win10 x86 ADK C:\Program Files\Windows Kits\10
WinPE 4 Win8 x64 ADK C:\Program Files(x86)\Windows Kits\8.1

If you installed the Windows ADK somewhere else, browse to and select the correct path.

The Create KBE page appears on the right.
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On the Create KBE page, on the General tab, in Name, review the KBE name. This automatically-generated string identifies the KBE on the appliance. You can update the KBE name, if needed.
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In Architecture, select the KBE architecture you are booting in to, for example 32-bit or 64-bit.
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Click Upload KBE.
The new KBE appears on the Boot Environments and Source Media pages.

Create a Linux boot Environment

Create a Linux boot Environment

When you upload a Linux source media, the appliance automatically creates a Linux boot environment.

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Specify the source media used to install the OS during deployment, such as CD-ROM or network install. To do that, open the Boot Environment Detail page for this KBE, and select the appropriate PXE Initrd File option.
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Specify one or more package repositories associated with this OS. To do that, open the Source Media Detail page associated with this KBE, and under Package Repositories, specify the URLs, as required.
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Optional. To save Linux packages used during the installation to the appliance, on the General Settings page, under Linux Repository Cache Settings, select Enable Repository Caching. Selecting this option speeds up deployments and decreases overall bandwidth usage in organization with a high number of managed devices.

The name of the newly created Linux boot environment is the same as the name of the Linux source media with the BE suffix. For example, if you upload a Linux source media called CentOS, the appliance assigns CentOS BE as the boot environment name.

Update Windows drivers

Update Windows drivers

You can update the Windows Pre-installation Environment (WinPE) related drivers necessary to build a KACE Boot Environment (KBE) and add the drivers to the appropriate kbe_windows_x64 or the kbe_windows_x86 share directory on the appliance.

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Go to https://support.quest.com/kb/111717 to download the drivers. Use your Support credentials to log in, then select KBE Driver Pack.
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Navigate to the <KACE_SDA>/driver_packs folder to download the appropriate WinPE driver pack.
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