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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

Add Event Log Reporter scripts

Add Event Log Reporter scripts

Use this template to create scripts that query the Windows Event Log and upload the results to the appliance.

1.
Go to the Windows Event Log Reporter page:
a.
Log in to the KACE SMA Administrator Console, http://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.
b.
On the left navigation bar, click Scripting, then click Configuration Policies.
c.
On the Configuration Policies panel, in the Windows section, click Event Log Reporter.

Option

Description

Name

A name that identifies the script. This name appears on the Scripts page.

Output File Name

The name of the log file created by the script.

Log File

The type of log you want to query: Software, System, or Security.

Event Type

The type of event you want to query: Information, Warning, or Error.

Source Name

(Optional) The names of sources to which the query is restricted.

3.
Click Save to display the Script Detail page.
5.
To edit the raw XML used in the script, click Edit XML below the Schedule section.
6.
Click Save.
7.
To view the event log of a device, click Inventory, then click a device name.
8.
In Scripting Logs, under Currently Deployed Jobs and Policies, click the View logs link next to Event Log.

Add MSI Installer scripts

Add MSI Installer scripts

Use this template to create scripts that set the basic command-line arguments for running MSI-based installers on Windows devices.

For command-line options, go to the Microsoft MSI Command-Line documentation: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa367988%28v=vs.85%29.aspx.

1.
Go to the Windows MIS Installer page:
a.
Log in to the KACE SMA Administrator Console, http://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.
b.
On the left navigation bar, click Scripting, then click Configuration Policies.
c.
On the Configuration Policies panel, in the Windows section, click MSI Installer.

Option

Description

Name

A name that identifies the script. This name appears on the Scripts page.

Action

The task to be performed. Tasks include Install, Uninstall, Repair missing files, and Reinstall all files.

Software

The application to use for the script. To search for an application, begin typing in the field.

MSI Filename

The MSI filename (required if the file is a ZIP archive).

User Interaction

How the installation appears to users. Options include: Default, Silent, Basic UI, Reduced UI, and Full UI.

Install Directory

The directory on the target device where the application is to be installed.

Additional Switches

Any additional installer switches. Additional switches are inserted between the msiexe.exe and the /i foo.msi arguments.

Additional Properties

Any additional properties. These properties are inserted at the end of the command line. For example:

msiexec.exe /s1 /switch2 /i patch123.msi TARGETDIR=C:\patcher PROP=A PROP2=B

Feature List

The features to install. Use commas to separate features.

Store Config per device

Whether to store configuration information for individual devices.

After install

The action to be performed after installation.

Restart Options

The action to be performed after the device restarts.

Logging

The information to record in the installation log. Use Ctrl-click or Command-click to select multiple items.

Log File Name

The name of the log file.

3.
Click Save to display the Script Detail page.
5.
To edit the raw XML used in the script, click Edit XML below the Schedule section.
6.
Click Save.

About power management and power consumption

About power management and power consumption

To get an overview of device power consumption, you can run power management reports for a set time, such as a month.

For more information about the Power Management category of reports, see Creating reports.

You can also configure the amount of time that device uptime information is retained. See Configure appliance General Settings with the Organization component enabled. This option is one of the last configuration options.

To collect information about the power use of desktop devices:

Make a Smart Label in inventory for Uptime since last reboot that contains time period in which you are interested.

Add power management scripts for Windows devices

Add power management scripts for Windows devices

Use this template to create energy management profiles for Windows devices. Power usage settings are a trade-off between CPU usage and power usage.

On Windows devices, power management is configured using the built-in powercfg command.

1.
Go to the Windows Power Management page:
a.
Log in to the KACE SMA Administrator Console, http://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.
b.
On the left navigation bar, click Scripting, then click Configuration Policies.
c.
On the Configuration Policies panel, in the Windows section, click Power Management.
2.
On the Configuration Policy: Windows Power Management page, select your target operating system.
3.
Select a profile: Balanced, High Performance, Power Saver, or Custom.
4.
Click Save to display the Script: Edit Detail page.
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