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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

Create a Linux boot Environment

Create a Linux boot Environment

When you upload a Linux source media, the appliance automatically creates a Linux boot environment.

1.
Specify the source media used to install the OS during deployment, such as CD-ROM or network install. To do that, open the Boot Environment Detail page for this KBE, and select the appropriate PXE Initrd File option.
2.
Specify one or more package repositories associated with this OS. To do that, open the Source Media Detail page associated with this KBE, and under Package Repositories, specify the URLs, as required.
3.
Optional. To save Linux packages used during the installation to the appliance, on the General Settings page, under Linux Repository Cache Settings, select Enable Repository Caching. Selecting this option speeds up deployments and decreases overall bandwidth usage in organization with a high number of managed devices.

The name of the newly created Linux boot environment is the same as the name of the Linux source media with the BE suffix. For example, if you upload a Linux source media called CentOS, the appliance assigns CentOS BE as the boot environment name.

Update Windows drivers

Update Windows drivers

You can update the Windows Pre-installation Environment (WinPE) related drivers necessary to build a KACE Boot Environment (KBE) and add the drivers to the appropriate kbe_windows_x64 or the kbe_windows_x86 share directory on the appliance.

1.
Go to https://support.quest.com/kb/111717 to download the drivers. Use your Support credentials to log in, then select KBE Driver Pack.
2.
Navigate to the <appliance>/driver_packs folder to download the appropriate WinPE driver pack.

Set new KBE as default for the appliance

Set new KBE as default for the appliance

You can set a KACE Boot Environment (KBE) as the default KBE for the appliance.

If you change the share password, create a new KBE using the new password.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Settings to display the Control Panel, then click General Settings to display the General Settings page.
2.
Under Default KACE Boot Environments, select the new KBE.
3.
Click Save.
TIP: When you review the details of a KBE using the Boot Environment Detail page, the Default field indicates if the selected KBE is a default boot environment.

Best practices: Create a KACE Boot Environment (KBE) for Windows

Best practices: Create a KACE Boot Environment (KBE) for Windows

Some business environments can have strict policies and software that may keep the KACE Media Manager from creating a KACE Boot Environment (KBE) successfully.

You may need to set up an isolated system for the purpose of creating KBEs. Here is the recommended flow of actions:

The recommended process for creating a new KBE is provided below.

a.
Move out (or delete) any items in the kbe_windows_xXX directories located in the appliance drivers share (\\appliance\drivers).
c.
b.
On the General Settings page, enter the appliance IP address.
d.
Ensure the WAIK or WADK Path field points to the correct version of Windows AIK or Windows ADK:
e.
On the Create KBE page, on the General tab, review the automatically generated name for the boot environment. You can edit this value, but keep in mind that the KBE name must be unique. Quest recommends that you include the architecture, WinPE version, and the date in the name. For example: WinPE 5 x64 4-5-2019.
h.
Click Upload KBE.
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