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KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 8.1 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

Preparing for deployment

Appliance deployments require that you have 20 percent disk space. You can download and install the tools required to build the boot environment, upload the operating system installation source media, and enable the appliance to connect to target devices.

Set up the deployment environment

Set up the deployment environment

You can set up your appliance network connection between the target devices to PXE boot from the target devices to the appliance, download the required tools to build your KACE Boot Environment (KBE), and load the source media and user profiles to the appliance.

Enable the on-board DHCP server

Enable the on-board DHCP server

If you are testing the appliance on a private network or in a small environment that does not have a DHCP server, the appliance can act as the DHCP server by enabling this option on the appliance.

On the left navigation pane, click Settings to display the Control Panel, then click Network Settings to display the Network Settings page.
Select the Enable On-Board DHCP Server check box.
In DHCP Pool Start, enter the lowest IP address in the range.
In DHCP Pool End, enter the highest IP address in the range.
Click Save.

DHCP is enabled.

Configure the offboard DHCP server

Configure the offboard DHCP server

When you turn on a device for the first time, you can select the NIC or Network Boot option from the BIOS boot menu. Windows deployments require target devices to boot from somewhere other than the local drive. When you select the NIC or Network Boot option, the device sends an PXE request to the DHCP server to locate the iPXE server. In this case, the appliance is the PXE server. You can configure an offboard DHCP server to acknowledge the appliance to enable target devices to UEFI boot from the appliance.

The steps might vary depending on which DHCP server you are using. Use the following settings for options 066 and 067 on any DHCP server.

If you are not using the Microsoft DHCP, see the following Knowledge Base article for additional information:

Set Option 066 to the IP address of the appliance.

This option might appear as Next-Server, Boot Server Host Name or TFTP server name.

NOTE: You might not be able to set Option 66 on some Cisco networking equipment. As an alternate configuration, you can set the sname and 244 options to the appliance IP address.
Set Option 067 to the string ipxe.efi (for UEFI devices), and undionly.kpxe (for BIOS devices).

This option might also appear as Boot File Name. Copy and paste the ipxe.efi or undionly.kpxe string as the Boot File Name option.

The DHCP server automatically redirects PXE-compliant Windows devices to the appliance the next time the devices start up while connected to the network. The devices download the bootstrap file, and use the environment setup to boot.

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