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KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 8.0 Common Documents - Administrator Guide

About the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance Getting started Using the Dashboard Configuring the appliance 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

Install Vista MBR

Install Vista MBR

You can add the built-in Install Vista/2008/7/8/2012 MBR pre-installation task to restore the boot sector on devices running Windows Vista, Windows 2008 Windows 7 and higher, and Windows Server 2012.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Pre-installation Tasks to display the Pre-installation Tasks page.
2.
Select Install Vista/2008/7/8/2012 MBR to display the Pre-installation Task Detail page.
3.
Optional: In Name, change the name to identify the task.
4.
In Notes, add a note to identify the task.
5.
Click Save.

Install XP 2003 MBR

Install XP 2003 MBR

You can add the built-in Install XP 2003 MBR pre-installation task to restore the boot sector on devices running Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Pre-installation Tasks to display the Pre-installation Tasks page.
2.
Select Install XP 2003 MBR to display the Pre-installation Task Detail page.
3.
Optional: In Name, change the name to identify the task.
4.
In Notes, add a note to identify the task.
5.
Click Save.

Creating a task sequence

You can create a task sequence to include all of the tasks to build and capture an operating system image. The appliance Task Engine runs the tasks on the target devices in a reliable order and reports deployment feedback on the appliance and on the target devices. Task sequencing enables you to view which image was deployed to which device and to view the progress of tasks running on a device. If a task fails, you can edit the task on the target device.

You can use the built-in pre-installation, mid-level, and post-installation tasks, and add your own tasks to scripts that you can run in a task sequence. You can create a task sequence for automated boot action scripted installation, and for system image, multicast, manual, and custom deployments.

Create the task sequence on the System Image Detail, Scripted Installation Detail, or Custom Deployment Detail page under the Installation Plan. When building the task sequence, remember to place the prerequisites before the applications that require them.

Adding tasks

Adding tasks

You can add the built-in pre-installation, mid-level, and post-installation tasks. You also have the option to use the Choose Action menu selections to add your own tasks to a script to run as a pre-installation, mid-level, or post-installation task. The appliance runs the task in the runtime environment that you specify. You can also upload a single file or a ZIP archive containing multiple files to run as tasks. You can duplicate and customize the built-in tasks.

There are different types of tasks you can add, depending on whether you want to run them before, during, or after image deployment. The following table indicates the types of tasks that are available for each stage.

Task type

Pre-installation task?

Mid-level task?

Post-installation task?

See topic:

Application

Yes

Yes

Yes

Add Application

BAT Script

Yes

Yes

Yes

Add BAT Script

Custom HAL Replacement

No

Yes

No

Add Custom HAL Replacement

DISKPART Script

Yes

No

No

Add DiskPart Script

Import Managed Installation

No

No

Yes

Adding Managed Installation tasks

Naming Rule

Yes

Yes

Yes

Add Naming Rule

Powershell Script

Yes

Yes

Yes

Add PowerShell Script

Service Pack

No

No

Yes

Add Service Pack

Shell Script

Yes

Yes

Yes

Add Shell Script

KACE Agent Installer

No

No

Yes

Add KACE Agent Installer

Windows Script

Yes

Yes

Yes

Add Windows Script

If you want to create a ZIP file, and one or more of your files contain Unicode characters in the file name, the tool you use to create the ZIP file must support Unicode characters. If you notice that after uploading a ZIP file one or more tasks whose file names contain Unicode characters appear to be missing, check the contents of the following directories:

If the files are not found in either directory, use different tool to create a ZIP file, and repeat the process.

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