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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

Working with task groups

Working with task groups

Task groups allow you to create a sequence of common tasks to build and capture a system image.

You can easily reuse a task group, when needed, to create system images of the same type and function. For example, you can create a task group that builds a Microsoft Windows 10 system with a Microsoft Office suite, and associate one or more task groups with system images and scripted installations each time you need to re-create a common deployment scenario.

Add task group

Add task group

A default installation includes two sample task groups for partitioning and formatting a drive for Mac OS X and Windows. You can add and manage task groups that best suit your business needs, to easily reuse common deployment scenarios, and associate task groups with system images, scripted installations, or custom deployments, as applicable.

The process of creating tasks for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux are the same, however the collection of tasks available for these two operating systems is different, and it only contains the tasks that apply to the respective runtime environment.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Task Groups to display the Task Groups page.
a.
To create a group of Windows tasks, select Choose Action > New Windows Task Group.
b.
To create a group of Mac OS X tasks, select Choose Action > New Mac OS X Task Group.
c.
To create a group of Linux tasks, select Choose Action > New Linux Task Group.
The Task Group Detail page appears.
3.
In the Name field, type the name of the task group.
4.
Optional. In the Notes field, provide additional information, if required.
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.

About uploading files

About uploading files

You can upload a single file or a ZIP archive containing multiple files to run as a pre-installation or as a post-installation task. The appliance runs the task in the runtime environment that you specify.

About runtime environments

About runtime environments

The runtime environment determines when the appliance task engine runs the task.

Runtime environment

Description

KACE Boot Environment (Windows)

Runs before the first boot of the operating system.

Windows

Runs after the first boot of the Windows operating system.

KACE Boot Environment (Mac OS X)

Runs before the first boot of the operating system.

Mac OS X

Runs on the first boot of Mac operating system using a login hook.

KACE Boot Environment (Linux)

Runs before the first boot of the operating system.

Linux

Runs after the first boot of the Linux operating system.

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