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KACE Systems Management Appliance 11.0 Common Documents - Administrator Guide

About the KACE Systems Management Appliance 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 Registering KACE Agent with the appliance Provisioning the KACE Agent Manually deploying the KACE 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
Using the Security Dashboard 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 appliance
Appendixes Glossary About us Legal notices


Quest has a Knowledge Base of articles about the appliance, which you can access at The Knowledge Base is continually updated with solutions to real-world issues that administrators encounter.
Konductor is an internal appliance component that regulates communications between the appliance and managed devices to keep the system running smoothly. The number of tasks Konductor is running appears on the Tasks in Progress widget. In addition, task throughput information appears in the General Settings (on appliances with the Organization component enabled) or in the Agent Settings (on appliances without the Organization component enabled).



Log Enablement Packages (LEPs) enable performance threshold monitoring and monitoring for applications such as Exchange, Internet Information Services (IIS), and so on, for servers. In the Log Enablement Packages list page, Quest publishes a base set of Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor (PerfMon) templates and non-Windows open-source Perl scripts, so that users can extend their monitoring capability and identify system and application performance issues. Monitoring on the appliance works without these additional templates and scripts, but the profiles that are created from the templates and scripts are helpful if users want to do performance threshold monitoring. See Configuring application and threshold monitoring with Log Enablement Packages.

See Search the scripting logs.


KACE GO is an app that enables administrators to access Service Desk tickets, inventory information, and application deployment features from their smart phones or tablets. The app also allows non-admin users to submit Service Desk tickets, view the status of submitted tickets, and read Knowledge Base articles from their mobile devices. You can download KACE GO from the Apple App Store for iOS devices, or from the Google Play Store for Android devices.

See Configuring Mobile Device Access.


Not Allowed applications are applications that have been marked as Not Allowed on the Software Catalog page. Windows and Mac applications can be marked as Not Allowed only if they are classified as Discovered, Not Discovered, or Locally Cataloged applications. Applications that are Uncataloged cannot be marked as Not Allowed until they are added to the Software Catalog. Applications that are marked as Not Allowed can be blocked or blacklisted from running on managed devices if those devices have an Application Control-enabled label applied to them. See Using Application Control.

The appliance checks inventory against the criteria in the notification schedules at the specified frequency. When an item meets the criteria, the appliance sends email to the specified recipients.

Messages that are sent through email based on selected criteria and at scheduled intervals. See Scheduling notifications.

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