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KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 8.2 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 Managing offline 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

Adding drivers to scripted installation deployments

Adding drivers to scripted installation deployments

You can enable the Driver Feed to update the appliance with the latest Dell device-specific driver packages automatically. When this feature is enabled, any older driver versions that are detected are deleted from the appliance, and replaced with their latest versions. You can also get the drivers from a manufacturer's website or from a different resource, and add the drivers manually to a scripted installation deployment.

During a scripted installation deployment, the appliance automatically pulls all of the drivers from the drivers directory in to the scripted installation. When device drivers or other drivers are in the drivers directory, the scripted installation might fail.

Enable Dell Driver Feed to automate driver updates

Enable Dell Driver Feed to automate driver updates

When you enable the Driver Feed, the appliance performs nightly checks for the latest Dell device-specific drivers. If there is a newer version, the feed updates the database and displays the available drivers on the Dell Driver Feed page.

You can enable the Dell Driver Feed for images captured from the appliance and images captured from a Remote Site Appliance (RSA).

1.
On the left navigation bar, click Library to expand the section, then click Dell Driver Feed.
2.
Select Choose Action > Manage Dell Driver Feed Settings to display the Dell Driver Feed Settings page.
3.
Select the Enable Dell Driver Feed check box and click Save.
4.
Optional. If you want to download updated drivers as they become available, select Automatically Download Updated Drivers. To disable this option, clear the check box.
5.
Click Check for Updates.
6.
Click Save.

The Dell Driver Feed Status displays Checking for Updates. You can view the list of available driver packages on the Dell Driver Feed page, and download and install packages to the appliance. You can also subscribe to an email notification for driver feed activity. For more information, see Configure email notifications.

NOTE: The Dashboard enables you to install the Dell Driver Feed widgets that show which drivers are new, updated drivers, and drivers that have been updated based on what is installed.

Install driver packages to the appliance

Install driver packages to the appliance

You can select specific driver packages to download and install from the Driver Feed to make them available to the appliance for scripted installation and system image deployments.

1.
On the left navigation bar, click Library to expand the section, then click Driver Feed.
The drivers are installed in the drivers_postinstall share directory.
3.
Select Choose Action > Download.
When the process completes, the Status column displays Installed into driver share. You can view the installed drivers on the Drivers page.
4.
On the left navigation bar, click Library to expand the section, then click Drivers to display the Drivers page.

Disable Dell Driver Feed

Disable Dell Driver Feed

Disabling the Dell Driver Feed prevents the feed from overriding newly added drivers. You can disable the Dell Driver Feed for images captured from a appliance and for images captured from a Remote Site Appliance (RSA).

You can manually add and remove drivers. For example, you can add Dell specific-device drivers that do not get updated from the Dell Driver Feed or non-Dell device drivers to the drivers_postinstall directory. You can add and remove network and storage drivers to the drivers directory.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Library to expand the section, then click Dell Driver Feed.
2.
Select Choose Action > Manage Dell Driver Feed Settings to display the Dell Driver Feed Settings page.
3.
Clear the Enable Dell Driver Feed check box.
4.
Click Save.
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