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KACE Systems Management Appliance 10.2 Common Documents - Administrator Guide

About the KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) Getting started
Configuring the appliance
Requirements and specifications Power-on the appliance and log in to the Administrator Console Access the Command Line Console Tracking configuration changes Configuring System-level and Admin-level General Settings Configure appliance date and time settings Enable Two-Factor Authentication for all users Verifying port settings, NTP service, and website access Configuring network and security settings Configuring Agent settings Configuring session timeout and auto-refresh settings Configuring locale settings Configuring the default theme Configure data sharing preferences About DIACAP compliance requirements Configuring Mobile Device Access Enable fast switching for organizations and linked appliances Linking Quest KACE appliances Configuring history settings
Setting up and using labels to manage groups of items Configuring user accounts, LDAP authentication, and SSO Using Replication Shares Managing credentials Configuring assets
About the Asset Management component Using the Asset Management Dashboard About managing assets Adding and customizing Asset Types and maintaining asset information Managing Software assets Managing physical and logical assets Maintaining and using manual asset information Managing locations Managing contracts Managing licenses Managing purchase records
Setting up License Compliance Managing License Compliance Setting up Service Desk Configure the Cache Lifetime for Service Desk widgets Creating and managing organizations Importing and exporting appliance resources
Managing inventory
Using the Inventory Dashboard Using Device Discovery Managing device inventory
About managing devices Features available for each device management method About inventory information Tracking changes to inventory settings Managing inventory information Finding and managing devices Provisioning the KACE SMA Agent Manually deploying the KACE SMA Agent Using Agentless management Adding devices manually in the Administrator Console or by using the API Forcing inventory updates Managing MIA devices Obtaining Dell warranty information
Managing applications on the Software page Managing Software Catalog inventory
About the Software Catalog Viewing Software Catalog information Adding applications to the Software Catalog Managing License assets for Software Catalog applications Associate Managed Installations with Cataloged Software Using software metering Using Application Control Update or reinstall the Software Catalog
Managing process, startup program, and service inventory Writing custom inventory rules
Deploying packages to managed devices
Distributing software and using Wake-on-LAN Broadcasting alerts to managed devices Running scripts on managed devices Managing Mac profiles Using Task Chains
Patching devices and maintaining security
About patch management Subscribing to and downloading patches Creating and managing patch schedules Managing patch inventory Managing Windows Feature Updates Managing Dell devices and updates Maintaining device and appliance security
Using reports and scheduling notifications Monitoring servers
Getting started with server monitoring Working with monitoring profiles Managing monitoring for devices Working with alerts
Using the Service Desk
Configuring Service Desk Using the Service Desk Dashboard Managing Service Desk tickets, processes, and reports
Overview of Service Desk ticket lifecycle Creating tickets from the Administrator Console and User Console Creating and managing tickets by email Viewing tickets and managing comments, work, and attachments Merging tickets Using the ticket escalation process Using Service Desk processes Using Ticket Rules Run Service Desk reports Archiving, restoring, and deleting tickets Managing ticket deletion
Managing Service Desk ticket queues About User Downloads and Knowledge Base articles Customizing Service Desk ticket settings Configuring SMTP email servers
Maintenance and troubleshooting
Maintaining the appliance Troubleshooting the KACE SMA
Appendixes Glossary About us Legal notices

View License Compliance and Configuration information

View License Compliance and Configuration information

If you have set up License assets for applications, you can view License Compliance and Configuration information for those applications.

Information is available for License assets associated with applications listed under the Software tab and applications listed under the Software Catalog tab. See Setting up License Compliance.

If you have multiple organizations, you view license information for each organization separately.

Log in to the KACE SMA Administrator Console, https://KACE_SMA_hostname/admin. Or, if the Show organization menu in admin header option is enabled in the appliance General Settings, select an organization in the drop-down list in the top-right corner of the page next to the login information.
Click Home.
NOTE: The appliance updates the data in the License Compliance widget every eight hours. Clicking the Refresh button, however, does not update the data; it simply redisplays the data that has already been collected.

The following colors indicate the usage level:




Usage is at or above the critical threshold setting.


Usage is at or above the warning threshold setting but below the critical threshold setting.


Usage is below the warning threshold setting.

The Software License Configuration widget displays the percentage of software licenses that are categorized as unit licenses, site licenses, and other license modes.The image of the Software License Configuration widget demonstrates how one segment is highlighted when it is moused over

Optional: View additional information on the License Compliance page. See View License Compliance information for Software Catalog applications.

Setting up Service Desk

Setting up Service Desk

Setting up Service Desk entails setting up roles for Service Desk staff, and configuring ticket and email settings.

Setting up roles for user accounts

Setting up roles for user accounts

Service Desk uses permission-based roles to control access to Service Desk features and information. These roles can be assigned to users automatically when they log in. You can use the default roles, or create roles as needed.

About default roles

About default roles

Default roles are available for standard user account types such as administrator, end-user, and limited-access.

The following roles are available by default. For more information about managing Organizational roles, see Managing Organization Roles and User Roles.



Organization Roles

Organization Roles are supersets of permissions that are assigned to organizations, and they define the permissions that are available to organization users. For example, if an organization is assigned an Organization Role that has the Distribution tab hidden, users in that organization, including the Admin user, cannot access the Distribution tab.

Default Role

The Default Role in the Organization Roles section has Write and Read permission for all tabs. You can create additional Organization Roles, but you cannot edit or delete the Default Role.

User Roles

Roles assigned to users to control their access to the Administrator Console and User Console. If the Organization component is enabled on your appliance, the permissions available to these roles depends on the Organization Role assigned to the organization.


The most powerful user role on the KACE SMA. By default, users with the Administrator role have permission to see or change information and settings. This includes promoting or demoting other users by changing their roles. The Administrator role cannot be altered or deleted. Assign this role only to trusted administrators.

Staff members assigned the Administrator role have permission to manage and modify Service Desk tickets from the Tickets tab in the Administrator Console, though they might not be able to own tickets themselves.

Users with the Administrator role can also use the security, scripting, and distribution features to resolve Service Desk tickets, then document the issues in the Knowledge Base.

The Administrator role primarily interacts with the KACE SMA through the Administrator Console.

No Access

Users with this role cannot log on to the Administrator Console or User Console.

Read Only Administrator

This role has the ability to view but not change any information or settings in the KACE SMA. This role is useful for oversight personnel, such as supervisors.

This role primarily interacts with the KACE SMA through the Administrator Console.

User ConsoleOnly

This role is for appliance users. By default, this role has permission to create, view, and modify Service Desk tickets.

This role interacts with the appliance exclusively through the User Console.

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