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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

Assign tasks to custom deployment

Assign tasks to custom deployment

You can configure the steps that the appliance takes to run a custom 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 Custom Deployments to display the Custom Deployments page.
2.
On the Custom Deployments page, click a custom deployment name to display the Custom Deployment Detail page for the selected item.
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.

Edit deployment tasks

Edit deployment tasks

You can edit tasks associated with system image or scripted installation deployments. Each task represents a step that the appliance takes to run a system image or scripted installation deployment. Pre-installation tasks run before the operating system setup starts, and post-installation tasks run after the operating system is deployed and the target devices are logged in for the first time.

System image deployment tasks only. You can only edit system image deployment tasks when you are using the KACE SDA Administrator console. The KACE Remote Site Appliance does not allow you to edit any task parameters. That is because the System Image Detail page in the KACE Remote Site Appliance displays all tasks that exist on the associated KACE SDA, and therefore they can only be edited in that KACE SDA's Administrator console.

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.
Under Installation Plan, locate the task that you want to edit, and click .
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.

Option

Description

File

To replace a file associated with the task (if available), click Replace, and select the appropriate file.

Parameters

Edit the task parameters, as required.

Notes

Add a note about the task. For example, John's task to create a partition.

4.
BAT scripts only. In the BAT Script box, type the name of the BAT script.
5.
DISKPART scripts only. In the DISKPART Script box, type the name of the DISKPART script.
6.
Click Save to close the dialog box.
7.
On the System Image Detail or Scripted Installation Detailpage, click Save.

Automating deployments

KACE SDA boot actions automate scripted installation, system image, and multicast WIM and DMG image deployments by initiating the deployment the next time that the target device network boots in to the KACE Boot Environment (KBE) or NetBoot Environment at a scheduled time.

The appliance boot process requires that the device Network Interface Card (NIC) is in the BIOS boot order because the appliance identifies devices by their MAC address.

You can create a boot action for one device or for multiple devices, and assign multiple boot actions to the same device by managing the boot action schedule.

When you make changes to an existing boot action, the boot action with previous information is deleted automatically.

Create a boot action

Create a boot action

You can create a boot action to automate scripted installation, system image, and KACE Boot Environment and NetBoot environment deployments to devices that are in Device Inventory, Network Inventory, scanned devices, or to any device with a known MAC address.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Deployments to display the Automated Deployments page.
2.
Select Choose Action > New Boot Action to display the Automated Deployment Detail page.
3.
Under Boot Action Details:
a.
Assign a Name to the boot action.
b.
In the From box, select the KACE SDA or a linked RSA appliance containing the deployment that you want to automate.
c.
Select a deployment from the Deployment drop-down list.
System images only. The list of system images depends on your selection in the From box:
d.
Add Notes to identify the boot action.
4.
Under Options > Schedule, select one of the following to run the deployment:
a.
Run at next boot: Initiates the deployment on the next network boot.
b.
Schedule to run later: Specifies a day and time: Run once on: every (day), at: H (hour), and M (minute). Run repeatedly runs the deployment every day at the time you specify.
5.
Under Options > Type, select a unicast or multicast deployment.
a.
Optional: In Timeout to wait for connection 'Ready to receive' state, increase the timeout to allow target devices more time to network boot. The default is ten minutes.
b.
Click Show advanced settings to change the default multicast address, control channel port, multicast hops, transmission rate, and log level.
7.
Optional: For multicast deployments, in Timeout to wait for connection 'Ready to receive' state, increase the timeout to allow target devices more time to network boot. The default is 10 minutes. Click Show advanced settings to change the default multicast address, control channel port, and transmission rate for this deployment. .
8.
Under Devices, enter one or more MAC addresses, or select devices from the View All drop-down list to add devices to the deployment.
9.
Click Save.
The Automated Deployments page lists the boot action.
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