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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

About runtime environments

About runtime environments

The runtime environment determines when the KACE SDA task engine runs the task.

Runtime environment

Description

KACE Boot Environment (Windows)

Runs before the first boot of the operating system.

Windows

Runs after the first boot of the Windows operating system.

KACE Boot Environment (Mac OS X)

Runs before the first boot of the operating system.

Mac OS X

Runs on the first boot of Mac operating system using a login hook.

KACE Boot Environment (Linux)

Runs before the first boot of the operating system.

Linux

Runs after the first boot of the Linux operating system.

Set task error handling option

Set task error handling option

You can set the task error handling for devices with the Windows operating system to prompt on errors or to continue on errors. You can also enable the Cancel button to display on target devices to cancel a failed task.

On the left navigation pane, choose Deployments > System Images to display the System Images page. Then click a system image name to display the System Image Detail page.
On the left navigation pane, choose Deployments > Scripted Installations to display the Scripted Installation page. Then click a scripted installation name to display the Scripted Installation Detail page.
On the left navigation pane, choose Deployments > Custom Deployments to display the Custom Deployments page. Then click a custom deployment name to display the Custom Deployments Detail page.
2.
Click Task Error Handling and choose the desired option:
Prompt on errors: Opens the Task Error page, which enables you to edit the target device, retry the task, resume the deployment, or reboot the device with an option to cancel or continue.
Continue on errors: Continues the deployment without prompting.
3.
Select the Show cancel button on client check box to display the Cancel button on the Task Engine page on the target device.

Assign tasks to system deployment

Assign tasks to system deployment

You can configure the steps on the KACE SDA or a remote (RSA) appliance which are necessary (or required) to run a system deployment. Pre-installation tasks run before the operating system setup starts and mid-level tasks run after the operating system is deployed. Post-installation tasks run after the operating system reboots and the target devices are logged in for the first time.

You can only edit system images on the appliance that captured them. For example, if you view the details of a system image captured by the KACE SDA, you can edit that image on the System Image Detail page in the KACE SDA Administrator Console, but not in the KACE Remote Appliance Console. If that system image is captured on the KACE SDA and synced to the RSA, the System Image Detail page in the KACE Remote Appliance Console only allows you to review the system image details, but not to edit them. A link appears on this page that allows you to quickly navigate to the System Image Detail in the KACE SDA Administrator Console, and edit the system image, as required.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Deployments, then click System Images to display the Systems Images page.
2.
Select the image to view the System Image Detail page.
3.
If you want to add any tasks specified in a task group, click Choose a task group, select a desired task group, and click Apply.
5.
Under Installation Plan, add the tasks in the order that you want the tasks to run.
a.
Add tasks from the Available Pre-installation Tasks column to the Run Pre-installation Tasks column.
NOTE: If you choose to erase the drive contents, ensure that the Format C task follows the Create Single Partition task.
b.
Add tasks from the Available Mid-Level Tasks column to the Run Mid-Level Tasks column.
c.
Add tasks from the Available Post-installation Tasks column to the Run Post-installation Tasks column.
TIP: Filters are available for each task type. For example, to look for a specific pre-installation task, in the Available Pre-Installation Tasks column, in the Filter Pre-Installation Tasks field, type the task name.
TIP: To remove all tasks from a column, click the button in the column header, on the right. For example, to remove all assigned pre-installation tasks, in the Run Pre-Installation Tasks column, in the column header bar, click Remove all Pre-Installation Tasks.
6.
KACE SDA only. Click Save.
7.
RSA only. Choose one of the following steps, as applicable:
The System Image Detail page closes and the System Images list page appears. If you selected Save and Sync, a message at the top of the page indicates that the changes made to the system image are being synchronized with the appliance. When the process finishes, the updated system image is now available for deployment from the RSA. For information on how to deploy system images, see Deploy the image manually.

Assign tasks to scripted installation deployment

Assign tasks to scripted installation deployment

You can configure the steps that the appliance takes to run a scripted installation deployment. Pre-installation tasks run before the operating system setup starts and mid-level tasks run after the operating system is deployed. Post-installation tasks run after the operating system reboots and the target devices are logged in for the first time.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Deployments, then click Scripted Installations to display the Scripted Installations page.
2.
Select the scripted installation to view the Scripted Installation Detail page.
3.
If you want to add any tasks specified in a task group, click Choose a task group, select a desired task group, and click Apply.
5.
Under Installation Plan, add the tasks in the order that you want the tasks to run.
a.
Add tasks from the Available Pre-installation Tasks column to the Run Pre-installation Tasks column.
NOTE: If you choose to erase the drive contents, ensure that the Format C task follows the Create Single Partition task.
b.
Add tasks from the Available Mid-Level Tasks column to the Run Mid-Level Tasks column.
c.
Add tasks from the Available Post-installation Tasks column to the Run Post-installation Tasks column.
TIP: Filters are available for each task type. For example, to look for a specific pre-installation task, in the Available Pre-Installation Tasks column, in the Filter Pre-Installation Tasks field, type the task name.
TIP: To remove all tasks from a column, click the button in the column header, on the right. For example, to remove all assigned pre-installation tasks, in the Run Pre-Installation Tasks column, in the column header bar, click Remove all Pre-Installation Tasks.
6.
Click Save.
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