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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

Prioritize User Console announcements or mark an announcement as urgent

Prioritize User Console announcements or mark an announcement as urgent

You can set the order in which announcements appear on the User Console home page. In addition, you can display an urgent announcement in a highlighted banner to increase its visibility.

To prioritize announcements, you must configure Service Desk to show the Announcements widget and you need to add announcements. See:

1.
Go to the User Console Announcements 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 Announcements.
To change an announcement's priority, drag it up or down in the list. Announcements are displayed on the User Console home page in the order shown on the User Console Announcements page.
To set an announcement as urgent, drag it into the Urgent Announcement box. The urgent announcement appears in a banner at the top of the User Console home page.
NOTE: Only one announcement can appear in the Urgent Announcement banner at a time.
The announcements are prioritized accordingly on the User Console home page immediately. If users are logged in and viewing the User Console home page, the announcement priority is updated when the page is refreshed.

Add, edit, or delete custom links on the User Console home page

Add, edit, or delete custom links on the User Console home page

You can add custom links to be displayed on the User Console home page, and you can edit or delete existing custom links as needed.

To display custom links, you must configure Service Desk to show the Helpful Links widget. See Customizing the User Console home page.

Custom links are displayed the User Console for each Service Desk globally, regardless of a user's ticket queue permissions. However, if the Organization component is enabled on your system, you manage custom links for each organization's Service Desk separately.

1.
Go to the User Console Home Page Links 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, in the User Console Home Page section, click Define Helpful Links.

Option

Description

Title

The text to display as the link text. You can use the URL itself, or any text string.

URL

The URL of the link. Acceptable link formats include:

c.
Click Save at the right of the URL field, then click Save at the bottom of the page.
The link appears on the User Console home page immediately. If users are logged in and viewing the User Console home page, the link is displayed when the page is refreshed.
b.
Change the Title or URL as needed.
c.
Click Save at the right of the URL field, then click Save at the bottom of the page.
The change appears on the User Console home page immediately. If users are logged in and viewing the User Console home page, the link is displayed when the page is refreshed.
b.
Click Save at the bottom of the page.
The change appears on the User Console home page immediately. If users are logged in and viewing the User Console home page, the link order is changed when the page is refreshed.
c.
Click Save at the right of the URL field, then click Save at the bottom of the page.
The link is deleted from the User Console home page immediately. If users are logged in and viewing the User Console home page, the link is deleted when the page is refreshed.

Add ticket links to the User Console home page

Add ticket links to the User Console home page

You can configure Service Desk to automatically add links to a user's tickets on the User Console home page. This link enables users to access ticket details with a single click.

Ticket links appear only if the user has created at least one ticket.

1.
Go to the User Console Home Page Links 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, in the User Console Home Page section, click Configure User Console Home Page.
2.
In the Main Panel Widgets section, select the check box next to Tickets Widget.
3.
Click Save.
The setting is saved and the Service Desk Configuration panel appears. The User Console home page shows tickets filed by the user, and a My Tickets link, which takes users directly to the Tickets page.
NOTE: If the user has not created any tickets, the Tickets widget appears with a note stating that no tickets are available for display.

Add a quick-action link for reporting problems on the User Console home page

Add a quick-action link for reporting problems on the User Console home page

You can add a quick-action link to the New Ticket page on the User Console home page. This enables users to access the new ticket form with a single click.

1.
Go to the User Console Home Page Settings 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, in the User Console Home Page section, click Configure User Console Home Page.
2.
In the Display Quick Actions section, select the check box next to Ticket Quick Action.
3.
Click Save.
The setting is saved and the Service Desk Configuration panel appears. The Have a problem? Report it button appears on the User Console home page. When users click this button, the New Ticket page appears.
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