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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

Merge tickets from the Ticket Detail page

Merge tickets from the Ticket Detail page

You can merge one or more tickets with the ticket you are viewing on the Ticket Detail page. Any tickets that you want to merge must belong to the same queue.

When you merge tickets using the Ticket Detail page, the open ticket becomes the master ticket. All other merged tickets are archived when you merge them. For more details, see Merging tickets.

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 Tickets.
The Ticket Detail page appears.
a.
On the Ticket Detail page, under Merged Tickets, click Add Tickets to Merge/Edit Merged Tickets, and select a ticket from the list that appears.
a.
On the Ticket Detail page, open the History tab, and select the Show Merged Ticket History check box.
b.
History tab, review the entries related to the merged tickets, as applicable.

Using the ticket escalation process

Using the ticket escalation process

The Service Desk ticket escalation process is a mechanism for alerting Service Desk staff and supervisors when a ticket is ignored for a specified period of time.

When a ticket meets certain criteria, email is sent to the specified group alerting them that a ticket has been ignored. This provides a way to monitor service level agreements and automatically notify the appropriate staff members when a ticket has not been handled properly.

An escalation email is sent at the end of the escalation time limit for tickets with:

The following example shows the default ticket statuses, priorities, and escalation settings. These settings direct the Service Desk to send an escalation email for tickets with a Status and State of Opened and a Priority of High, after 30 minutes of inactivity.

You can:

Understanding ticket states

Understanding ticket states

Service Desk ticket states identify the current state of the ticket. States include Opened, Stalled, and Closed.

Tickets can be escalated only if they are in the Opened state. This requirement is not configurable.

NOTE: Using the default settings, tickets must have a priority of High and a status of Opened to be escalated.

Understanding the escalation time limit

Understanding the escalation time limit

As soon as a Service Desk ticket is assigned the state of Opened, a timer begins counting toward the escalation time limit.

Any change to the ticket resets the timer. If the timer runs out, an escalation email is sent and the timer starts again. If no changes are made to the ticket, the timer is reset. An escalation email is sent each time the escalation time limit is reached. By default, the escalation email is sent every 30 minutes until the ticket is changed.

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