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KACE Systems Management Appliance 9.1 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 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

Deploying packages to managed devices

Deploying packages to managed devices

You can deploy packages to managed devices to install software remotely using the KACE SMA.

Distributing software and using Wake-on-LAN

Distributing software and using Wake-on-LAN

You can distribute applications, updates, and files from the KACE SMA to managed devices. In addition, you can use Wake-on-LAN to power on devices remotely.

About software distribution

About software distribution

Software can be distributed from the KACE SMA to Agent-managed Windows, Mac, and Linux devices.

TIP: Software distribution is available for items on the Software page and for Agent-managed devices only. It is not available for items on the Software Catalog page, Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) software, or Agentless devices.

The figure shows a high-level example of a software distribution process. You can modify this process as needed.

Figure 8. Software distribution procedure

Procedure moves from Inventory and Assess through Test, Target, Deploy, and Report.

About testing software distribution

About testing software distribution

Before distributing software to a large number of managed devices, test the deployment on a small but representative group of devices to verify that the package is compatible with target operating systems and other applications.

When the appliance distributes software to managed devices, it verifies that a package is designated for a particular device or operating system. However, the appliance cannot assess the software's compatibility with other software on the device. As a result, you should develop a process for testing all deployments.

For example, you could create a test group by applying a label to devices used for testing. Then deploy the required application to the test group using the label before you go deploy to the larger group of devices. This practice helps you to verify the compatibility of the application with the operating system and other applications in your test group. For more information about labeling devices, see Add or edit manual labels.

This section focuses primarily on the test, target, and deploy portions of the process. For more information about managing inventory, see Managing applications on the Software page.

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