KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 7.0 Common Documents - Release Notes

Quest® KACE® Systems Deployment Appliance 7.0 Release Notes

Quest® KACE® Systems Deployment Appliance 7.0 Release Notes

This release notes document provides information about the Quest KACE Systems Deployment Appliance (SDA) version 7.0.

About this release

About this release

The KACE Systems Deployment Appliance (SDA) provides a network-centric solution for capturing and deploying images. The KACE SDA provides a seamless cross-platform imaging solution from a single Administrator Console enabling you to provision Microsoft® Windows® and Apple® OS X® platforms. You can deploy the configuration files, user states, and applications as an image to a single device or to multiple devices simultaneously.

The KACE SDA provides the tools necessary to automate deployments in both homogeneous and heterogeneous hardware environments, and provides reliability of large-scale image deployments with multicast and task engine capabilities. The built-in driver feed automatically downloads Dell driver models, and the Package Management feature enables uploading third-party driver packages. You can also integrate the KACE SDA with the KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) to image the KACE SMA inventory. The KACE SDA is available as a virtual appliance.

The KACE SDA version 7.0 is a major release of the product which offers new features and enhancements and resolved issues.

New features and enhancements

New features and enhancements

The following new features and enhancements are included in this release:

Table 1. New features and enhancements

Feature

Issue ID

The appliance now supports Linux Scripted Installations for CentOS 6/7.

ESMEA-5212

Added informational text blocks to product pages, where needed.

ESMEA-5103

Updated the Maintenance Expired alert message with more information and a link to a page with additional details.

ESMEA-5071

Updated Samba share password in the startnet.cmd file.

ESMEA-5058

Added a check box to calculate the number of reboots needed for sysprepped images and make that the Auto Logon count.

ESMEA-4950

Various updates and tools are now only available to customers that have active maintenance.

ESMEA-4947

Added text to the Mac OS X Media Manager page to indicate the supported OS versions.

ESMEA-4913

Add Windows Server 2019 to the Source Media Metadata OS list.

ESMEA-4911

The appliance now supports Linux Scripted Installations for Ubuntu 16/18.

ESMEA-4907

The appliance now supports Linux Scripted Installations for Red Hat Linux 6/7.

ESMEA-4906

Added a driver version column to Driver Feed list page.

ESMEA-4876

Added newly collected data or features to the Status Overview Report.

ESMEA-4875

The Save, Cancel, and other buttons now float at the bottom of the page.

ESMEA-4874

The appliance restricts .kbin upgrades for expired maintenance licenses.

ESMEA-4873

A progress bar is now integrated into the KBE (KACE Boot Environment) page for image capture and deployment.

ESMEA-4868

The Windows Media Manager has been rewritten in .NET, and now includes the functionality from KBE Manipulator.

ESMEA-4862

Added disk encryption to newly created appliance.

ESMEA-4833

The appliance no longer uses sha1 for password encryption.

ESMEA-4832

KBE load registry now finds the config file automatically.

ESMEA-4811

Data Migration log now appears in the Administrator Console.

ESMEA-4766

The Add Mac Address column is added to the Device Inventory page.

ESMEA-4755

FreeBSD upgraded from 11.1 to 12.0.

ESMEA-4743

The Set AutoLogon Count script added as a default mid-level task.

ESMEA-4707

Appliance chat asks for topic and searches Knowledge Base library for solutions before starting a chat session.

ESMEA-4706

ESMEA-4456

A direct link to upload packages for import is added to the Package Management page.

ESMEA-4696

Added a flag to USMT scan templates.

ESMEA-4681

Added a number of enhancements to the Installation Plan area.

ESMEA-3552

Upload Hardware Inventory links removed from KBE pages.

ESMEA-664

Drivers have its own section on the Disk Usage chart.

ESMEA-634

The appliance allows import and replacement of .wim files as images.

ESMEA-95

Deprecated issues

Deprecated issues

The following issue is deprecated in this release.

Table 2. Deprecated Issues

Deprecated issue

Issue ID

Workaround: The multicast protocol defaults to NORM (NACK-Oriented Reliable Multicast) and it is the only option. If PGM was previously selected as the default protocol for existing boot actions, this setting will automatically change to NORM the during the upgrade.

ESMEA-4374

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