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KACE Systems Management Appliance 11.1 Common Documents - KACE Service Desk Administrator Guide

About the KACE Service Desk 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 Managing Linux package upgrades 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

Create a ticket by email

Create a ticket by email

You can quickly create a ticket by email when you specify the name of the ticket template in the email subject line.

The Ticket Details page appears, displaying the newly created ticket.

Modifying ticket attributes using email

Modifying ticket attributes using email

You can change ticket attributes by email using variables that contain the @ symbol at the beginning of email messages.

Any text after the last email variable is added to the ticket Comment field.

For example, the following email text closes the ticket, changes the ticket owner, and adds a comment:

Invalid fields and field values produce errors that are emailed back to the sender using the email error template. For more information on email templates, see Configuring email triggers and email templates.

Clearing a ticket field using email

Clearing a ticket field using email

You can clear any field by sending an email with the prescribed syntax.

The syntax takes the form @fieldname=. For example, the following entry clears the Due Date field:

Changing ticket fields using email

Changing ticket fields using email

You can change the following ticket attributes using email messages if the value of the ticket field is set to User Modify.

For information on changing ticket field permissions, see Using ticket approvers.




A valid category.


A comma-separated list of email addresses or distribution lists.


A due date. The date can be in any format. For example, 4/3/2014, April 3, 2014, or next Thursday.


A valid ticket impact.


The owner's username, full name, or email address.


A valid ticket priority.


A resolution.


A valid ticket status.


The submitter's username, full name, or email address. The email address is used for the username and email address fields. The full name is set to the Name portion of the email address. For example,


A title for the ticket.


A detailed description of the issue.


The asset associated with the ticket.


The device associated with the ticket.


The state of the ticket approval process. You can set this field to one of the following values: Approved, Rejected, None, or More Information Needed.


A note associated with the approval.


Indicates if only owners can comment on the ticket through email. When set to 1, the flag is True. Any other numeric value sets this indicator to False.


The value of a custom ticket field, where <number> is the custom field ID. For example, $custom_2=ABC assigns the value of ABC to the CUSTOM_2 ticket field.

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