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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

Adding drivers to scripted installation deployments

Adding drivers to scripted installation deployments

You can enable the Driver Feed to update the KACE SDA with the latest Dell device-specific driver packages automatically. You can also get the drivers from a manufacturer's website or from a different resource, and add the drivers manually to a scripted installation deployment.

During a scripted installation deployment, the KACE SDA automatically pulls all of the drivers from the drivers directory in to the scripted installation. When device drivers or other drivers are in the drivers directory, the scripted installation might fail.

Enable Driver Feed to automate driver updates

Enable Driver Feed to automate driver updates

When you enable the Driver Feed, the KACE SDA performs nightly checks for the latest Dell device-specific drivers. If there is a newer version, the feed updates the database and displays the available drivers on the Driver Feed page.

You can enable the Driver Feed for images captured from the KACE SDA and images captured from a Remote Site Appliance (RSA).

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On the left navigation bar, click Library to expand the section, then click Driver Feed.
2.
Select Choose Action > Manage Driver Feed Settings to display the Driver Feed Settings page.
3.
Select the Enable Driver Feed check box and click Save.
4.
Click Check for Updates.
5.
Click Save.

The Driver Feed Status displays Checking for Updates. You can view the list of available driver packages on the Driver Feed page, and download and install packages to the appliance.

NOTE: The Dashboard enables you to install the Driver Feed widgets that show which drivers are new, updated drivers, and drivers that have been updated based on what is installed.

Install driver packages to the appliance

Install driver packages to the appliance

You can select specific driver packages to download and install from the Driver Feed to make them available to the appliance for scripted installation and system image deployments.

1.
On the left navigation bar, click Library to expand the section, then click Driver Feed.
The drivers are installed in the drivers_postinstall share directory.
3.
Select Choose Action > Download.
When the process completes, the Status column displays Installed into driver share. You can view the installed drivers on the Drivers page.
4.
On the left navigation bar, click Library to expand the section, then click Drivers to display the Drivers page.

Disable Driver Feed

Disable Driver Feed

Disabling the Driver Feed prevents the feed from overriding newly added drivers. You can disable the Driver Feed for images captured from a KACE SDA and for images captured from a Remote Site Appliance (RSA).

You can manually add and remove drivers. For example, you can add Dell specific-device drivers that do not get updated from the Driver Feed or non-Dell device drivers to the drivers_postinstall directory. You can add and remove network and storage drivers to the drivers directory.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Driver Feed.
2.
Select Choose Action > Manage Driver Feed Settings to display the Driver Feed Settings page.
3.
Clear the Enable Driver Feed check box.
4.
Click Save.
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