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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 UEFI partition

Create a UEFI partition

You can add the built-in Create UEFI Partitions pre-installation task, which uses a DiskPart script, to create a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) hard drive partition on Windows 7 x64 SP1 or higher x64 UEFI-enabled devices.

The NTFS format does not work on UEFI-enabled devices. UEFI-enabled devices use the GUID Partition Table (GPT), which uses a global unique identifier for devices that is different from the commonly used Master Boot Record partitioning style in the BIOS.

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On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Pre-installation Tasks to display the Pre-installation Tasks page.
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Select Create UEFI Partitions from the list to display the Pre-installation Task Detail page.
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Optional: In Name, change the name to identify the task.
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In DISKPART Script, verify that the command-line options match the ones you want to use.
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Click Save.
Use the Apply UEFI Partition mid-level task to apply the partition.

Apply a UEFI partition

Apply a UEFI partition

You can apply the UEFI partition that you created as a pre-installation task.

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On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Post-installation Tasks to display the Post-installation Tasks page.
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Click Apply UEFI Partitions to display the Post-installation Task Detail page.
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In Name, enter a logical name to identify the task.
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Select a Runtime Environment. See About runtime environments.
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In BAT Script, verify the script and make any necessary changes.
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Click Save.

Capture System-provided WIM images

Capture System-provided WIM images

You can capture WIM images for faster deployments using automated multicast deployments to send the same WIM image to multiple devices simultaneously. You can also deploy WIM images across all devices in the enterprise, and across hard disks of any size in the KACE Boot Environment (KBE).

The device with the image that you want to capture does not have to match the target devices for deployments; however, drivers are required for each device model to which you are deploying the image.

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Click Capture image of this machine.
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In Image Name, create a name to identify the image.
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In Image Source, select the drive letter from where you are capturing the image.
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Select Windows Imaging Format (Fast compression) for Image type.
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Click Start capture to upload the image to the System Images page.

Edit a system image

Edit a system image

You can rename, replace, remove, or edit K-Images and WIM images.

The System Image Detail page allows you to view the image settings, add a boot action, download the log files for the image, and set the options for how the appliance responds to errors. For Windows K-Images and WIM images, it also indicates if an image is sysprepped.

You can only edit system images on the appliance that captured them. For example, if you view the details of a system image captured by the appliance, you can edit that image on the System Image Detail page in the appliance Administrator Console, but not in the KACE Remote Appliance Console. If that system image is captured on the appliance and synced to the RSA, the System Image Detail page in the KACE Remote Appliance Console only allows you to review the system image details, but not to edit them. A link appears on this page that allows you to quickly navigate to the System Image Detail in the appliance Administrator Console, and edit the system image, as required.

The Installation Plan enables you to create a task sequence by adding the available pre-installation, mid-level, and post-installation tasks to run in the order that you place the tasks for the deployment.

The Browse Files option is only available for system images.

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Select the name of the image to display the System Image Detail page to edit the image.
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Click Browse Files to open the Browsing Files dialog box to edit the images with the following options:
Click Add Drive to add a partition. The drive name must contain an uppercase letter with a colon at the end.
To add the contents of a ZIP file, navigate to the directory where you want to add the files, click Add Zipped Files, navigate to the desired ZIP file, and click Submit, then click Commit. The contents of the zipped file are extracted to the selected location. To verify the contents of the system image after committing the change, when the dialog box closes, on the System Image Detail page, click Browse Files and review the list of files.
To add a directory, click Create Directory, then type the name of the new directory that you want to add.
To add a file, click Add File, navigate to the desired file, and click Submit.
To add the contents of a ZIP file, navigate to the directory where you want to add the files, click Add Zipped Files, navigate to the desired ZIP file, and click Submit, then click Commit. The contents of the zipped file are extracted to the selected location. To verify the contents of the system image after committing the change, when the dialog box closes, on the System Image Detail page, click Browse Files and review the list of files.
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When you finish your edits, click Cancel to roll back the changes, or Save to apply the changes to the image.
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Optional: Under Deploy Options, select Remove local files not in image when restoring the original image to a device, and when files have been added or modified on the device that is not in the original image.
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