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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
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Configure queue-specific email settings

Configure queue-specific email settings

You can set up email settings for each ticket queue separately.

By default, the Service Desk is configured to use an internal SMTP server for sending ticket-related emails. You have an option to use an external SMTP server, however, you must configure it in the appliance network settings. For more information, see Change appliance network settings.

1.
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.
2.
Go to the queue-specific Service Desk Queue Email Settings page:
a.
On the left navigation bar, click Service Desk, then click Configuration.
b.
On the Configuration panel, in the Email Configuration section, click Configure Service Desk Queue Email Settings.
c.
On the Service Desk Queue Email Settings page that appears, select a queue.
a.
On the left navigation bar, click Service Desk, then click Configuration.
b.
On the Configuration panel, click Queues.
c.
To the right of the queue email address, click Configure Queue Email Settings.
The Service Desk Queue Email Settings page appears.
3.
In the Built-in Email Setting section, specify the following options:

Field

Description

Name

The name of the Service Desk queue. This name appears in the From field when users receive email messages from the Service Desk.

Alternate Email Address

Support@mydomain.com

The primary email address your users send email to. The KACE SMA also uses this address to send email from the Service Desk. Confirm that the domain name is correct for your email service.

Accept email from unknown users

Allow unrecognized users to create tickets.

If Accept email from unknown users is enabled in the queue configuration, any email sent to the Service Desk queue is allowed to set the Submitter field of a ticket. Additionally, the sender will be added to the KACE SMA as a user.

If Accept email from unknown users is disabled, the preceding process works only when the email address of the sender is already associated with a Service Desk user account.

a.
Select the Use POP3 server for inbound emails check box.

Option

Description

POP3 Server

Enter the name of the POP3 server you want to use for the queue. For example, pop.gmail.com.

Use SSL

Select this option if you want the POP3 server to use a secure connection.

POP3 Username (email address)

POP3 Password

Enter the username and password of an account that has access to the POP3 server.

c.
Click Test Connection to test your POP3 configuration.
a.
Select the Specify Queue specific SMTP Settings check box.

Option

Description

SMTP Server

Specify the hostname or IP address of an external SMTP server, such as smtp.gmail.com. External SMTP servers must allow anonymous (non-authenticated) outbound email transport. Ensure that your network policies allow the appliance to contact the SMTP server directly. In addition, the mail server must be configured to allow the relaying of email from the appliance without authentication.

SMTP Port

Enter the port number to use for the external SMTP server. For standard SMTP, use port 25. For secure SMTP, use port 587.

SMTP Username

Enter the username of an account that has access to the external SMTP server, such as your_account_name@gmail.com.

SMTP Password

Enter the password of the specified server account.

6.
On the Service Desk Queue Email Settings page, in the Email on Events section, select the options for sending email when the specified events occur. Each column represents a type of Service Desk user (role) and each row represents a ticket event.

Service Desk user (role)

Description

Owner

The person who is expected to resolve the ticket.

Submitter

The person whose issue is being resolved.

Approver

The person who can approve or reject the ticket for processing.

Ticket CC

One or more email addresses that are stored in the CC field of the ticket.

Category CC

One or more email addresses that are stored in the CC List of the Category Value of the ticket. See Configure CC lists for ticket categories.

Queue Owners

One or more owners of the ticket queue, as specified by the Owner label. This only applies to the New Ticket Via Email and New Ticket via Portal events.

When a ticket event occurs, email is sent to the selected roles or users. For example, if you select the Any Change box in the Owner column, email is sent to the ticket owner whenever the ticket is changed. For the Comment and Ticket Closed triggers, email is sent immediately. For other ticket changes, however, email is sent every few minutes to prevent email overload.

Option

Description

Any Change

Any information on the ticket is changed.

Owner Change

The ticket's Owner field is changed.

Status Change

The ticket's Status field is changed.

Comment

Information, attachments, or screen shots are added to the ticket's Comments section. The system sends email notifications for comments when users add comments and click Submit on the ticket form. When users add comments and click Save on the ticket form, however, only the Any Change notification is sent.

Approval Change

The ticket's approval status has changed.

Resolution Change

The ticket's resolution has changed.

Escalation

The ticket has not been updated to a stalled or closed status within the escalation time defined by the ticket priority.

SLA Violation

The ticket has not been resolved by its due date.

Ticket Closed

The ticket's Status field is changed to Closed. This event is used to present a Satisfaction Survey to submitters. See Using the Satisfaction Survey.

New Ticket Via Email

A user sends an email message to the Service Desk and a ticket is created.

New Ticket Via Portal

A ticket is created through the User Console.

7.
Click Save.

Rename Service Desk titles and labels

Rename Service Desk titles and labels

You can rename the Service Desk titles and labels used in the Administrator Console and User Console as needed.

1.
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 Service Desk, then click Configuration.
c.
On the Configuration panel, click Settings.

Setting

Description

Main Tab

The text that appears on the component-level tab in the Administrator Console and on the tab in the User Console. The default is Service Desk. However, if you upgraded from an earlier version of the appliance, you might see Help Desk as the default.

Queue

Queues

The text that you want to display instead of Queue and Queues on the Service Desk Configuration page and on the Queue list in the Administrator Console. This text also appears as an option in the Choose Action menu and as a heading on the Ticket page in the User Console.

Ticket

Tickets

The text that you want to display instead of Ticket and Tickets on the Ticket tab and Ticket page in the Administrator Console. This text also appears on the Ticket page in the User Console.

Process

Processes

The text that you want to display instead of Process and Processes on the Service Desk Configuration page and on the Process list in the Administrator Console.

3.
Click Save.

Enable or disable the conflict warning

Enable or disable the conflict warning

When the conflict warning dialog is enabled for a queue, administrators and ticket owners see a notification dialog when multiple users are editing tickets concurrently. The dialog enables users to view changes made by others and decide which changes to keep.

You have administrator privileges in the Administrator Console.

Administrators can enable or disable the conflict warning dialog for each queue separately.

1.
Go to the Service Desk Queue Detail 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 Service Desk, then click Configuration.
c.
On the Configuration panel, click Queues.
d.
To display the Queue Detail page, do one of the following:
Select Choose Action > New.
2.
In the User Preferences section, enable or disable the conflict warning:

Field

Description

Enable ticket conflict warning for ticket owners

Display a dialog, to administrators and ticket owners, that summarizes conflicts between the changes they are submitting and the changes submitted concurrently by other users. When administrators and ticket owners click Save or Apply Changes on the Ticket Detail page, the dialog appears if other users have edited and saved the ticket while it was open for editing. This enables administrators and ticket owners to choose whether to discard their changes, or overwrite the changes made by other users if there are conflicts.

The dialog is displayed only if other users have modified the ticket, and it is displayed to administrators and ticket owners only. The dialog is not displayed to other users.

3.
Click Save.

View and edit response templates

View and edit response templates

Response templates allow you to store common responses as comments or resolutions in Service Desk tickets.

Each response template is associated to a specific ticket queue and belongs to the user that created it. You can select the applicable response template on the Ticket Detail page.

The template text supports the use of email tokens. Token values are dynamically updated using the field values from the ticket in which they are referenced. You can use the same tokens that are available in email templates. For more information, see Configure email templates.

A response template can be public or private. Private response templates can be updated and referenced in applicable tickets only by the user that created them. A public response template is available for selection in the associated ticket queue by other users, however only the user that created it can edit the contents of the response message. Other users can view the contents of public response templates, but cannot edit them.

1.
Go to the Service Desk Response Templates 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 Service Desk, then click Configuration.
c.
On the Configuration panel, under Queues, click Response Templates.
d.
To display the Response Template Detail page, do one of the following:
Select Choose Action > New.
NOTE: Those queue owners who do not have access to the Queues configuration pages can access the Response Templates page by clicking the Manage link that appears just above the Predefined Response option in the Ticket Detail page.

Field

Description

Name

The name of the response template. This name appears available for selection in the Predefined Response field when you want to configure an automated response to applicable Service Desk tickets.

Make Public

Select this check box if you want to make this response template available for selection to other users. Other users can view the contents of public response templates, but cannot edit them.

Template

The contents of the response message. This field supports plain text and tokens.

You can use a response template as a predefined response to a Service Desk ticket inquiry. For more information, see Add comments to tickets.

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