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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 the Remote Site Appliance

The Remote Site Appliance (RSA) acts as a local boot server, which enables you to network boot devices for deployments to remote sites. You can synchronize and upload images to the RSA, and capture system images or user states from the RSA.

You can install the RSA directly from your KACE SDA and link the RSA using the license key that comes with your KACE SDA. When you link the RSA to the appliance, the RSA is available from the appliance Administrator Console. There is no limit to the number of RSAs that you can install using the license key.

The Remote Sites tab in the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance Administrator Console enables you to synchronize the appliance to the RSA to access the components that you plan to deploy to the remote sites. For example, you can synchronize boot environments, tasks, drivers, and captured user profiles.

Remote Site Appliance setup requirements

Remote Site Appliance setup requirements

The RSA requires a free IP address to assign to the RSA and VMware® or Hyper-V® host software, such as VMware ESXi™, VMware vSphere®, or Microsoft® Windows® Hyper-V. The RSA configurable DHCP server scope enables devices to network boot to the RSA. Devices that cannot network boot require a bootable ISO file or a USB KACE Boot Environment (KBE). The boot DVD requires setting option 066 or 244 to recognize the appliance.

RSA setup requirements

Table 4. RSA setup requirements




Install and configure the KACE SDA to download the RSA.

RSA License

Use the same KACE SDA license key sent to you by Quest KACE.

Virtual Machine host

See the RSA host system requirements.

Network settings

Assign a static IP address and (optional) host name to the RSA.

Save the RSA data on the RSA or to a virtual disk.

Optional: LDAP

Use the LDAP server IP address or host name.

Network boot configuration

For Windows devices: The DHCP server scope that directs the network boots to the RSA on the remote DHCP scopes.

For Mac devices: The NetBoot server that directs Mac BSCP requests from the remote devices to the RSA.

RSA host system requirements

The device at the remote site that hosts the RSA must meet the following requirements:

Table 5. RSA host system requirements



Virtual Machine

Ensure that the virtual host software is installed:


2GHz processor (Intel®-VT or AMD-V™ capable), 4GB RAM, and 1TB of free disk space.


Ports 22 and 80 must be open.

Install the RSA on a VMware or Hyper-V host

Install the RSA on a VMware or Hyper-V host

You can install the RSA on the host device where you installed the virtual host software as long as no other RSAs exist on the same subnet.

Download the RSA installation package from the Support Portal to the device at the remote site that is going to host the RSA.

For complete information on how to install the RSA on a VMware® or Microsoft® Windows® Hyper-V® host, see the Setup Guide for VMware Platforms and Setup Guide for Hyper-V Platforms. You can also consult the VMware or Microsoft Windows documentation for instructions on opening an OVF in other host software.

Configure the RSA network settings

Configure the RSA network settings

You can open a browser to access the initial configuration console to configure the RSA with an IP address and host name.

By default, SSH is enabled on the RSA and you cannot disable it.

At the login prompt, enter konfig for both the Login and Password.
Press the down-arrow key until Save is selected, then press Enter.
On the left navigation pane, click Settings to display the Control Panel, then click Network Settings to display the Network Settings page.
Select the Enable On-Board DHCP Server check box.
Go to Settings > User Authentication to set up LDAP authentication on the RSA. The RSA and the KACE SDA manage users separately, so it is possible to grant access to a user on the appliance and not to a user on the RSA.
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