An alternate download location can be any network location that has all the files required to install a particular application. You can distribute packages from alternate download locations including a UNC address or DFS source. The CIFS and SMB protocols, Samba servers, and file server appliances are supported. You specify the location when you create a Managed Installation.
For example, using a Replication Share, a device in New York could download files from another device at the same office, rather than downloading those files from a KACE SMA in Los Angeles. A Replication Share is a full replication of all digital assets and is managed automatically by the appliance. Whenever a Replication Share is specified for a label, devices in that label go to the Replication Share to get files.
On Mac OS X, there is a universal installer with the usual PKG file extension. You cannot upload a PKG file directly, as these files consist of low-level directories, and web browsers cannot handle uploading entire directories.
Plain (APP) packages, which can be installed by dragging them to the Applications folder on the Mac, do not require installers. However, APP packages must be archived because they consist of low-level directories, similar to the installer packages.
If you package the file as a disk image, the appliance mounts and unmounts it quietly. This section provides examples for each type of deployment. For each of these examples, you must have already uploaded the file to the appliance prior to creating the Managed Installation package. Quest recommends that you install the application on a test device. When the KACE SMA Agent connects to the appliance, the appliance creates an inventory item and a Managed Installation package for the application.