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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 task sequence

You can create a task sequence to include all of the tasks to build and capture an operating system image. The KACE SDA Task Engine runs the tasks on the target devices in a reliable order and reports deployment feedback on the KACE SDA and on the target devices. Task sequencing enables you to view which image was deployed to which device and to view the progress of tasks running on a device. If a task fails, you can edit the task on the target device.

You can use the built-in pre-installation, mid-level, and post-installation tasks, and add your own tasks to scripts that you can run in a task sequence. You can create a task sequence for automated boot action scripted installation, and for system image, multicast, manual, and custom deployments.

Create the task sequence on the System Image Detail, Scripted Installation Detail, or Custom Deployment Detail page under the Installation Plan. When building the task sequence, remember to place the prerequisites before the applications that require them.

Adding tasks

Adding tasks

You can add the built-in pre-installation, mid-level, and post-installation tasks. You also have the option to use the Choose Action menu selections to add your own tasks to a script to run as a pre-installation, mid-level, or post-installation task. The appliance runs the task in the runtime environment that you specify. You can also upload a single file or a ZIP archive containing multiple files to run as tasks. You can duplicate and customize the built-in tasks.

There are different types of tasks you can add, depending on whether you want to run them before, during, or after image deployment. The following table indicates the types of tasks that are available for each stage.

Task type

Pre-installation task?

Mid-level task?

Post-installation task?

See topic:

Application

Yes

Yes

Yes

Add Application

BAT Script

Yes

Yes

Yes

Add BAT Script

Custom HAL Replacement

No

Yes

No

Add Custom HAL Replacement

DISKPART Script

Yes

No

No

Add DiskPart Script

Import Managed Installation

No

No

Yes

Adding Managed Installation tasks

Naming Rule

No

No

Yes

Add Naming Rule

Powershell Script

Yes

Yes

Yes

Add PowerShell Script

Service Pack

No

No

Yes

Add Service Pack

Shell Script

Yes

Yes

Yes

Add Shell Script

SMA Agent Installer

No

No

Yes

Add KACE SMA Agent Installer

Windows Script

Yes

Yes

Yes

Add Windows Script

If you want to create a ZIP file, and one or more of your files contain Unicode characters in the file name, the tool you use to create the ZIP file must support Unicode characters. If you notice that after uploading a ZIP file one or more tasks whose file names contain Unicode characters appear to be missing, check the contents of the following directories:

If the files are not found in either directory, use different tool to create a ZIP file, and repeat the process.

Add Application

Add Application

You can upload a single file or a ZIP archive containing multiple files to run as a pre-installation, mid-level, or post-installation task.

a.
On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Pre-installation Tasks to display the Pre-installation Tasks page.
b.
On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Mid-level Tasks to display the Mid-Level Tasks page.
c.
On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Post-installation Tasks to display the Post-installation Tasks page.
2.
On the list page that appears, select Choose Action > Add Application.
3.
On the page that appears, in Name, enter a logical name for the task, such as Install Adobe Reader 11.
Pre-installation and mid-level applications: Select SDA Boot Environment (Windows), SDA Boot Environment (Linux) or SDA Boot Environment (Mac OS X), as applicable.
Post-installation applications: Select Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X, as applicable.
To upload a file, under Upload File, click Browse and select the appropriate file, or drag and drop the file into the Drop file here area. A progress bar appears, indicating the state of the file upload process.
To select a file from the clientdrop Samba share on the appliance, under Select file from clientdrop share, click Select clientdrop file, and choose the file.
6.
In Parameter, enter the command-line parameters for the task.
7.
Select the Reboot Required check box to reboot the appliance and run the next task in the sequence.
8.
In Notes, add a note to identify the task.
9.
Click Save.

Add BAT Script

Add BAT Script

You can create your own batch scripts to run as a pre-installation, mid-level, or port-installation task in the KACE Boot Environment for Windows before or after installing the operating system, or re-imaging a target device.

a.
On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Pre-installation Tasks to display the Pre-installation Tasks page.
b.
On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Mid-level Tasks to display the Mid-Level Tasks page.
c.
On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Post-installation Tasks to display the Post-installation Tasks page.
2.
On the list page that appears, select Choose Action > Add BAT Script.
3.
On the page that appears, in Name, enter a logical name to identify the task.
4.
In BAT Script, enter the script.
5.
In Notes, add a note to identify the task.
6.
Click Save.
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