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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

Link the KACE SDA to an RSA

Link the KACE SDA to an RSA

Linking the appliance to the Remote Site Appliance (RSA) enables the KACE SDA to be aware of the RSA. Linking enables you to access the RSA and the KACE SDA from the same session if the user name and password on the linked appliances match.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Settings to display the Control Panel, then click KACE Linking to display the KACE Linking page.
2.
Click Enable KACE Linking to display the connection settings.
3.
In Host Name, enter a unique, logical name for this appliance. This name appears in the drop-down list in the top-right corner of the page next to the login information when appliances are linked.
4.
In Remote Login Expiration enter the number of minutes to keep the link open. When the time period expires, provide login credentials when switching to a linked appliance. The default is 120 minutes.
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In Request Timeout, enter the number of seconds the appliance waits for a remote appliance to respond to a linking request. The default is 10 seconds.
6.
Click Save to display the KACE Linking Key Fingerprint and the KACE Linking Key (this server) fields.
7.
Copy the text in the Name field and the text in the Key field and paste it in a central location, such as a Notepad file.
The text that you paste in Notepad is the text that you copy and paste in the Names and Keys from one appliance to the other linked appliances.
Add the RSA to the Remote Sites tab to configure the components that you want to synchronize to the RSA.

Set default KBE for the RSA

Set default KBE for the RSA

You can set a default KACE Boot Environment (KBE) for the Remote Site Appliance (RSA).

When you select a default KBE for the RSA, this is indicated on the Remote Site Detail page, under Boot Environments. For more information about this page, see the associated help page.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Settings to display the Control Panel, then click Remote Site Settings to display the Remote Site Settings page.
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Under Default RSA Boot Environments, select the default KBE for each OS architecture, as required.
3.
Click Save.

Add and sync the RSA to the appliance

Add and sync the RSA to the appliance

You can add the RSA to the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance Administrator Console to enable you to synchronize the components to deploy at the remote site. The RSA extends only one KACE SDA; however, there is no limit to the number of RSAs that you can add to the appliance.

You can synchronize scripted installations, system images, and user states to the RSA. Pre-installation and post-installation tasks that deployments use are considered dependencies, and are automatically pushed to the RSA.

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On the left navigation pane, click Deployments, then click Remote Sites to display the Remote Site Appliances page.
2.
Select Choose Action > New to display the Add a Remote Site Appliance page.
3.
In Remote Site Appliances, select the IP address for the RSA.
4.
Click Next.
NOTE: Each RSA has its own Remote Site Detail configuration page.
5.
Scroll down to Boot Environments. Synchronize the boot environment to network boot the remote devices to the RSA, and to test the RSA configuration. Then select the other components that you want to synchronize to the RSA.
6.
Review the options listed under Scripted Installations, System Images, and User States, and ensure that only those components that you want to deploy are selected.
When you view this page in the KACE SDA Administrator console, any system images already captured by the RSA, and not the KACE SDA, are listed under System Images, however these options appear disabled. That is because these images already exist on that RSA and cannot be removed by simply clearing these options synchronizing it with the KACE SDA.
7.
Scroll down to Dependencies and click Show. Review the options listed here, to ensure that only those components that you want to deploy are selected.
For example, the USMT Toolkit option in this section appears disabled. The USMT Toolkit allows you to capture user states. When you synchronize the RSA with the KACE SDA, and the USMT Toolkit is already uploaded to the appliance, the USMT Toolkit is added to the RSA, allowing it to capture user states. You cannot clear this option. For information on how to upload the USMT Toolkit to the KACE SDA, see Upload USMT software from Media Manager.
8.
Click Save and Sync.

The RSA is ready for network booting.

You can use the newly added RSA to capture or deploy system images, scan user states and create USMT templates, create boot actions, or to import or export packages containing system images. For more information, see the following topics:

Importing and exporting appliance components

You can import and export KACE SDA or Remote Site Appliance (RSA) components, such as drivers, network inventory, boot environments, and tasks to a different network location, a different KACE SDA, or an RSA, using packaging.

When importing and exporting components, the appliance picks up packages from the appliance restore share directory. When you create a package, the .pkg file contains the index.xml file with the package metadata and the package files are saved in the \\KACE_SDA_host_name\restore share directory.

Packages can be large because they contain full disk images or entire operating systems. Keep the package files together when storing and copying them from the appliance to other network locations.

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