Chat now with support
Chat with Support

KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 8.1 Common Documents - Release Notes

Quest® KACE® Systems Deployment Appliance 8.1 Release Notes

Quest® KACE® Systems Deployment Appliance 8.1 Release Notes

This release notes document provides information about the Quest KACE Systems Deployment Appliance version 8.1.

About this release

About this release

The KACE Systems Deployment Appliance provides a network-centric solution for capturing and deploying images. The KACE Systems Deployment Appliance provides a seamless cross-platform imaging solution from a single Administrator Console enabling you to provision Microsoft® Windows®, Apple® OS X®, as well as Red Hat, CentOS and Ubuntu Linux platforms. You can deploy the configuration files, user states, and applications as an image to a single device or to multiple devices simultaneously.

The appliance provides the tools necessary to automate deployments in both homogeneous and heterogeneous hardware environments, and provides reliability of large-scale image deployments with multicast and task engine capabilities. The built-in driver feed allows for downloads of Dell drivers for business class model machines, while drivers from other manufacturers can be added manually with ease. You can also integrate the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance with the KACE Systems Management Appliance to image devices in the KACE Systems Management Appliance inventory. The KACE Systems Deployment Appliance is available as a virtual appliance.

The KACE Systems Deployment Appliance version 8.1 is a major release of the product which offers new features, enhancements, and resolved issues.

New features and enhancements

New features and enhancements

The following new features and enhancements are included in this release:

Table 1. New features and enhancements


Issue ID

Updating KACE Boot Environments (KBEs) with a new Samba password is now significantly faster.


KACE Media Manager 8.1 provides an option to include local directory of drivers to be injected into the KBE, as well as allowing drivers on the server not to be injected.


You can now view active and recent sessions on the appliance.


An alert appears on the Dashboard when node count equals license count.


An admin user can modify the MySQL report user password.


Dashboard alert appears when a new version of KACE Media Manager is downloaded to the appliance.


The Common Tasks section on the Home Dashboard now includes links to Source Media Import and Create a Linux Task Group.


A Nightly Update Notification template is added to the appliance Email Notifications.


On the Library Overview page, Source Media now includes a link to Import Source Media.


Expected return codes can be entered for Linux tasks.


Reports are now available as PDF files.


Administrators can now indicate if they want to be considered for participation in our Beta program.


Shutdown, Reboot and Return to Dashboard options are added to the Appliance Migration Wizard.


The appliance now checks for new versions of KACE Media Manager, and downloads them, if applicable.


The Sysprep Creator Wizard is added in this release to allow creation and storage of Sysprep unattended files.


A new check box is added, Hide Deployment from KBE. You can use it to hide deployments from the KBE.


Resolved issues

Resolved issues

The following is a list of issues resolved in this release.

Table 2. Resolved Issues

Resolved issue

Issue ID

memdisk ISO for Windows KBE now boots properly after a Samba share password change.


iPXE was updated to accommodate newer hardware


Deployment menu page now loads when setting a boot action to boot just to a KBE.


Tools are required to have maintenance in order to update them. This includes Get/Set computer name, Sysprep executor, Media Manager, Metadata.


Source Media Import page now sees ISO files with capital letters for the extension.


Naming Rule task did not allow file replacement for data file


Get/Set Computer Name tasks did not show the appropriate size for exporting.


Device Inventory Link broken on RSA's Registration and Licensing page.


Previously Applied Updates on RSA did not t display any data when RSA is upgraded through the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance.


A read-only user could import source media from the Administrator Console if the web page in question was known.


Linking Key can now be copied.


Version number interfered with task group name field.


Deployment details missing on Email Notification for Custom deployments.


First KBE upload was not being set to default.


Traceroute troubleshooting tool did not work when initiated in the Administrator Console, in some environments.


Command windows could be seen through Ultra VNC with KBEs (ADK 2004+) built with Media Manager 8.1.


User had to refresh the Appliance Maintenance page, to apply a downloaded KBIN.


Migration failed to respond if the database was scheduled to export on the source KACE Systems Deployment Appliance.


Scripted Installation and Image Name could not be the same in the database.


Offboard storage migration had text issues in dark theme.


Format of the New Boot Action option is now consistent across different Detail Pages.


Configured RSA is no longer available for reconfiguration.


Self Service Tools
Knowledge Base
Notifications & Alerts
Product Support
Software Downloads
Technical Documentation
User Forums
Video Tutorials
RSS Feed
Contact Us
Licensing Assistance
Technical Support
View All
Related Documents

The document was helpful.

Select Rating

I easily found the information I needed.

Select Rating