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KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 9.0 Common Documents - Administrator Guide

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Create a configuration file

Create a configuration file

You can create your own configuration file or modify an existing one with the configuration tasks that are typically prompted for during an attended scripted installation. The type and name of the file depends on the OS used in the scripted installation. For example, for Microsoft Windows systems, you create or modify an answer file, unattend.xml, while Debian Ubuntu uses a preseed.cfg file.

On the left navigation pane, click Deployments, then click Scripted Installations to display the Scripted Installations page.
Select Choose Action > New to display the Create a Scripted Installation page.
Enter a Name, and select the source files from the Source Media drop-down list, then click Next.
Walk me through creating a <configuration> file for unattended setup: Creates a configuration file using the unattended Installation wizard.
NOTE: The name of the configuration file displayed in these options depends on the target platform. For example, Windows uses an answer file (unattend.xml), while Ubuntu uses a preseed file (preseed.cfg) file.
Upload an existing <configuration> file for unattended setup: Uploads a configuration file for unattended installation.
No <configuration> file; This will be a server-based attended setup: Creates a basic configuration file that requires user input to complete the installation.
Click Walk me through creating a <configuration> file for unattended setup, then click Next.
Windows only. Complete the answer form.
EnableFirstLogonAnimation registry key to 0 (zero).
Linux only. In the Configuration step, provide the following information.




Select Preseed Template

Click and select the template that you want to use for this configuration. The list of templates that appear depends on the previously selected platform under Source Media.

Template Data

Root Password

Specify the root password for this configuration. If you want to disable root login for the target system, select Disable root login.

User Account

To add a new user account using this method, select Create User Account. Any user accounts that are created this way are granted sudo access.

Provide the full name, user name, and password for the account.

Time Zone

Select the time zone for the target system.

Time Zone Server

Specify the host name of the applicable time zone server.


Select the locale for the target system.

Desktop GUI

Select the graphical user interface that you want to use on the target system: GNOME Desktop Environment, or KDE Desktop Environment, as applicable.

Click Next to display the Pre-installation and Post-installation Tasks page, and add the required pre-installation and post-installation tasks.
Windows only. Select the Task Error Handling option for how you want the appliance to respond to errors.
Click Next.
The Scripted Installation Creation page displays the status.
The Create a Scripted Installation page refreshes and displays the results.
Optional. To view the contents of the answer or configuration file, open the Scripted Installation Detail page for the newly created scripted installation, and under Setup Configuration, click Show. You can make edits to this file, if needed. Any edits you make in the file contents affect only the selected scripted installation.
Deploy the scripted installation from Automated Deployments or as a manual deployment from the KBE Main Menu, which displays on the target device after the target device boots in to the KBE.

Registration Data settings

Registration Data settings

The settings for the Registration Data vary depending on the operating system or the Source Media that was used.




Identifies the user to which the license is assigned.


Identifies the company or organization.

Product Key

Enter the product activation key.

Volume or Multi-Activation Licensing

For Volume licenses, enter the MAK (Multiple Activation Key) or KMS (Key Mgt System) setup key.

Install image

Windows 10 only. Windows 10 ISO images include all Windows editions. Click this field and select the Windows Edition that you want to install.

Other supported Windows versions. Automatically detects the installation image using the product key.

Administrator Account settings

Administrator Account settings

Creates the local administrator account during the installation process and sets whether the device automatically logs in to the account after the device reboots. Post-installation tasks, such as renaming the device and installing software require the script to automatically log back in to the device with an administrator account.




Enter the user name for the administrator account. This account is created during the installation process.


Enter the password for the administrator account. Leave the field blank for no password. Automatically logs in the administrator account to the target device after booting.

Automatically log computer in to the Administrator account

Automatically logs in the administrator account to the target device after booting. Selecting this check box enables the post-installation task to run automatically for at least the first boot.

Disable automatic login after: device boots

Disables the automatic login of the administrator account after the specified number of boots.

General settings

General settings

Sets the language and device screen settings.



Time Zone

Select the devices’s time zone.

Regional and Language Option

Select the device default operating system language.

Screen colors

Select the devices’s screen colors. The recommended setting is Windows default, unless you know that all of the target devices require the same setting.

Screen area

Select the device’s screen area. The recommended setting is Windows default, unless you know that all of the target devices require the same setting.

Refresh Frequency

Select the devices’s screen refresh rate. The recommended setting is Windows default, unless you know that all of the target devices require the same setting.

Hide Wireless Setup

Select this option if you want to disable wireless setup for the device. This option should be selected in most cases, unless you already have a post-installation task that handles this setting.

Disable Consumer Features (Enterprise and Education Editions of Windows 10 only)

Windows 10 only. Select this option if you want to disable the installation of apps into Windows 10 tiles after the deployment.

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