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KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 8.0 Common Documents - Administrator Guide

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Linking Quest KACE appliances

Linking Quest KACE appliances

If you have multiple Quest KACE appliances, you can link them. Appliance linking enables you to log in to one appliance and access all linked appliances from the drop-down list in the top-right corner of the Administrator Console, without having to log in to each appliance separately.

You must enable linking on each K-Series appliance, and configure the link connections on each appliance, such as Names and Keys. If the appliance that you are adding is SSL enabled, use SSL to establish a successful connection.

Linking the Remote Site Appliance (RSA) establishes the RSA as an extension of the appliance, which enables you to synchronize the components you want to use at the remote site. You can network boot, perform system image and scripted installation deployments, and migrate users profiles to devices at remote sites.

You cannot transfer resources or components among linked appliances. See Importing and exporting appliance components.

Enable appliance linking

Enable appliance linking

You can enable linking to log in to one appliance and access multiple linked KACE Systems Management Appliance, KACE Systems Deployment Appliance, or Remote Site Appliance from one Administrator Console as long as the administrator user account for each appliance has the same password.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Settings to display the Control Panel, then click KACE Linking to display the KACE Linking page.
2.
Select the Enable KACE Linking check box to display the connection settings.
3.
In Host Name, enter a unique, logical name to identify this KACE Systems Deployment Appliance or Remote Site 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 this time period expires, provide login credentials when switching to a linked appliance. The default is 120 minutes.
5.
In Request Timeout, enter the number of seconds that this appliance waits for the linked appliance to respond to a linking request. The default is 10 seconds.
6.
Click Save.

Systems Deployment Appliance

The KACE Linking Key Fingerprint and KACE Linking Key (this server) appear.
7.
Copy the text in the Host Name field and the KACE Linking Key (this server) fields and paste it in a central location, such as a Notepad file.
TIP: To copy the linking key, simply click the contents of the KACE Linking Key (this server). A message briefly appears at the bottom of the field, indicating that the text is successfully copied.
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.

When linking is enabled on all appliances, add the Names and Keys to the appliances. See Add Names and Keys to appliances.

NOTE: Each KACE Systems Management Appliance comes with a default organization (named Default). If your appliance is linked with the Default organization on a KACE Systems Management Appliance, and the organization name changes, you must provide the new organization name:
1.
On the left navigation pane, click Settings > Control Panel > Linked Appliances.
2.
On the Linked Appliances page that appears, click the name or IP address of the linked KACE Systems Management Appliance.
3.
On the Edit Linked Appliance Detail page that appears, in the Default ORG Name field, type the organization name, and click Save.

Generate KACE Linking Hash

Generate KACE Linking Hash

A KACE Linking Hash string allows you to link a master KACE Systems Deployment Appliance with a Remote Site Appliance (RSA) during the RSA installation. The generated hash string is only active for five minutes.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Settings to display the Control Panel, then click KACE Linking to display the KACE Linking page.
2.
Select the Enable KACE Linking check box to display the connection settings.
3.
Click Generate Hash.
4.
Copy the text in the KACE Linking Hash (valid for 5 minutes) field and paste it in a central location, such as a Notepad file.

If you navigate away from the page after generating the hash string, and then return to it, the linking hash field remains filled unless five minutes expire by the time the page is rendered.

The text that you paste in Notepad is the text that you copy and paste in the Parent SDA Linking Hash field in the KACE Remote Site Appliance Initial Configuration Wizard. For more information, see the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance Setup Guide.

Add Names and Keys to appliances

Add Names and Keys to appliances

After linking is enabled on the appliances, configuring linking on each appliance requires copying the linking key from the remote appliance KACE Linking page to a central location, then pasting the key to the appliance to which you are linking.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Settings to display the Control Panel, then click KACE Linking, and select the Enable KACE Linking check box.
The Manage Linked Appliances option is now available from the Control Panel.
2.
Select Choose Action > New to display the Add Linked Appliance page.
3.
In Host Name, enter IP address of the appliance that you want to link.
4.
In Linking Key, paste the key that you copied to a central location to the appliance to which you are linking.
5.
Click Save.
6.
After both links are created, go to the Edit Linked Appliance Detail page, and click Test Connection to verify the connection between the two linked appliances.
The Linked Appliances page appears.

The next time that you log into the appliance, the linked appliances appear on the drop-down list in the top-right corner of the page next to the login information. To switch to a different appliance, select its name in the drop-down list.

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