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KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 7.0 Common Documents - Administrator Guide

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Link appliances

Link appliances

To enable importing of Managed Installations, you must link the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance (SDA) with the KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) that contains Managed Installations that you want to import.

Step

For complete details, see this topic in the KACE SMA Administrator Guide:

1.
In the KACE SMA System Administration Console, click Settings.
2.
On the Control Panel, click Link Settings.
3.
On the Linked Appliance Enablement page, select the following check boxes:

Enable appliance linking

1.
In the KACE SMA Administrator Console, select an Organization associated with a linked KACE SDA, and click Settings.
2.
On the Control Panel, click Federation API Settings.
3.
On the Federation API Settings page, select Enable access.
4.
Grant the Administrator role to the linked KACE SDA appliance.

Enable access to Federation API settings

View and import Managed Installations

View and import Managed Installations

Use the Import Managed Installations page to review the applications that you want to import.

NOTE: Each KACE SMA comes with a default organization (named Default). If your KACE SDA is linked with the Default organization on a KACE SMA, and the organization name changes, you must provide the new organization name:
1.
On the left navigation pane, click Settings > Control Panel > Linked Appliances.
2.
On the Linked Appliances page that appears, click the name or IP address of the linked KACE SMA.
3.
On the Edit Linked Appliance Detail page that appears, in the Default ORG Name field, type the organization name, and click Save.
1.
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 Post-Installation Tasks page, select Choose Action > Import a Managed Installation.
3.
On the Import Managed Installations page that appears, just above the list of Managed Installations, click KACE SMA, and ensure this field points to the correct KACE SMA.
4.
Click View By, and choose the managed organization and the type of Managed Installation: Software or Software Catalog.
Your selection depends on the type of application that you want to import. All applications installed on the devices managed by the KACE SMA are listed when you select Software. Some of those applications are also in the Software Catalog. The Software Catalog is a database that contains standardized information about more than 60,000 Windows and Mac applications and software suites. For more information about Software applications, and the Software Catalog, see the KACE SMA Administrator Guide.
Name: The application name.
Version: The application version.
Publisher: The application publisher.
Imported: An indicator of whether a Managed Installation is already imported to the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance.
The Import Managed Installations page refreshes, and a message appears at the top of the page, indicating that the import is in progress. You can review the progress of the import operation on the Package Management Queue page. For more information about this page, see Importing and exporting appliance components. When the import finishes, the imported Managed Installation appears on the Post-Installation Tasks list.

Next, edit the post-installation task containing the imported Managed Installation. For more information, see Edit Managed Installation task.

Edit Managed Installation task

Edit Managed Installation task

When you add a Managed Installation from the linked KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) to run as a mid-level task, you can edit it, as required.

1.
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 Mid-level Tasks page, click the name of the task containing a Managed Installation to display the Mid-level Task Detail page.

Option

Description

Created (read-only)

The date and time when the task was created.

Modified (read-only)

The date and time when the task was last modified.

Version (read-only)

The version number of the task object on the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance. Every time a task changes, this number increases. Use it as a reference, to verify if the task was changed after your last update.

Name

The name of the task.

Application (read-only)

The name of the application associated with the task.

Runtime Environment

The OS on which the application can be installed. See About runtime environments.

Full Command Line

The command line for the task, including any command-line parameters, as defined in the Managed Installation.

Notes

Additional information about the task.

Managed Installation Import Details

Information about the Managed Installation on the KACE Systems Management Appliance (read-only):

KACE SMA Server: The name or IP address on which the server is running.
KACE SMA Organization: The name of the organization in which the Managed Installation is defined.
Imported version: The version number of the Managed Installation object on the KACE Systems Management Appliance. You can use this number to verify if the original object was changed, and to import the latest version.

If you made any changes to the task after importing the Managed Installation (such as modifying command-line parameters), and you want to revert to its original state, click Import Again.

Deployment Details

Information about the deployments referencing this task (read-only):

Scripted Installations: A list of any scripted installations referencing this task.
System Images: The system images containing this application.
4.
Click Save.

Add Naming Rule

Add Naming Rule

You can set up a naming database text file to assign names to devices and use a post-installation task to upload the file to the appliance.

mac_address = hostname

For example: 001122334455 = workstation55

The appliance uses the Workstation Name Changer tool, which is a compatible text file to assign a unique name to devices using the command-line parameters that you specify in the naming database. For more information, see http://newstuff.clarke.co.nz/wsname.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Post-installation Tasks to display the Post-installation Tasks page.
2.
Select Choose Action > Add Naming Rule to display the Post-installation Task Detail page.
3.
In Name, enter a logical name for the task, such as Assign name to workstation.
4.
Next to Upload File, click Browse to select the appropriate file.
5.
Select the Reboot Required check box to reboot the appliance and run the next task in the sequence.
6.
Click Save.
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