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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 scripted installations

You can upload an existing answer file (Windows) or preseed/kickstart file (Linux), or perform a server-based attended setup (Windows or Linux).

Prepare for a scripted installation:

Create a scripted installation

Create a scripted installation

The Create a Scripted Installation wizard guides you through the steps to define the scripted installation. The settings that you specify in the config.xml file must be compatible with the hardware. Windows only: If the hardware cannot handle the settings, the Windows installer causes the unattended scripted installation to fail.

On the left navigation pane, click Deployments, then click Scripted Installations to display the Scripted Installations page.
Select Choose Action > New.
Follow the steps provided by the Create a Scripted Installation wizard.
NOTE: Scripted installation deployments to UEFI-enabled devices require creating a UEFI partition using the Create UEFI Partitions pre-installation task and booting from a UEFI bootable FAT32 formatted USB flash device.

Next, using the wizard, upload an existing answer file (Windows) or preseed/kickstart file (Linux), or perform a server-based attended setup (Windows or Linux).

Create a configuration file

Create a configuration file

You can create your own configuration file or modify an existing one with the configuration tasks that are typically prompted for during an attended scripted installation. The type and name of the file depends on the OS used in the scripted installation. For example, for Microsoft Windows systems, you create or modify an answer file, unattend.xml, while Debian Ubuntu uses a preseed.cfg file.

On the left navigation pane, click Deployments, then click Scripted Installations to display the Scripted Installations page.
Select Choose Action > New to display the Create a Scripted Installation page.
Enter a Name, and select the source files from the Source Media drop-down list, then click Next.
Walk me through creating a <configuration> file for unattended setup: Creates a configuration file using the unattended Installation wizard.
NOTE: The name of the configuration file displayed in these options depends on the target platform. For example, Windows uses an answer file (unattend.xml), while Ubuntu uses a preseed file (preseed.cfg) file.
Upload an existing <configuration> file for unattended setup: Uploads a configuration file for unattended installation.
No <configuration> file; This will be a server-based attended setup: Creates a basic configuration file that requires user input to complete the installation.
Click Walk me through creating a <configuration> file for unattended setup, then click Next.
Windows only. Complete the answer form.
EnableFirstLogonAnimation registry key to 0 (zero).
Linux only. In the Configuration step, type the root password for the system that you want to create using this scripted installation.
Click Next to display the Pre-installation and Post-installation Tasks page, and add the required pre-installation and post-installation tasks.
Windows only. Select the Task Error Handling option for how you want the appliance to respond to errors.
Click Next.
The Scripted Installation Creation page displays the status.
The Create a Scripted Installation page refreshes and displays the results.
Optional. To view the contents of the answer or configuration file, open the Scripted Installation Detail page for the newly created scripted installation, and under Setup Configuration, click Show. You can make edits to this file, if needed. Any edits you make in the file contents affect only the selected scripted installation.
Deploy the scripted installation from Automated Deployments or as a manual deployment from the KBE Main Menu, which displays on the target device after the target device boots in to the KBE.

Registration Data settings

Registration Data settings

The settings for the Registration Data vary depending on the operating system or the Source Media that was used.




Identifies the user to which the license is assigned.


Identifies the company or organization.

Product Key

Enter the product activation key.

Volume or Multi-Activation Licensing

For Volume licenses, enter the MAK (Multiple Activation Key) or KMS (Key Mgt System) setup key.

Install image

Windows 10 only. Windows 10 ISO images include all Windows editions. Click this field and select the Windows Edition that you want to install.

Other supported Windows versions. Automatically detects the installation image using the product key.

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