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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

Use the internal SMTP server

Use the internal SMTP server

You can configure the appliance network settings to use the internal SMTP email server.

1.
Go to the appliance Control Panel:
If the Organization component is enabled on the appliance, log in to the KACE SMA System Administration Console, http://KACE_SMA_hostname/system, or select System in the drop-down list in the top-right corner of the page, then click Settings.
2.
Click Network Settings to display the Network Settings page.
3.
In the Email Configuration section, clear the Enable SMTP Server check box. This setting refers to an external SMTP server.
4.
Click Save.
5.
If prompted, click Yes to restart the appliance and apply the changes.

The internal SMTP server is set to process outgoing email. For information about configuring SMTP settings for queues, see Create and configure POP3 email accounts.

Use an external SMTP server or Secure SMTP server

Use an external SMTP server or Secure SMTP server

To use an external SMTP server, you need to set up an account for the SMTP server in the KACE SMA network settings, and you need to set up an account on the SMTP server for each Service Desk queue.

To use secure SMTP (SSMTP), select the SSL setting in each queue. This is necessary because Microsoft does not allow aliasing from addresses in the Exchange 365 service.

2.
Go to the appliance Control Panel:
If the Organization component is enabled on the appliance, log in to the KACE SMA System Administration Console, http://KACE_SMA_hostname/system, or select System in the drop-down list in the top-right corner of the page, then click Settings.
3.
Click Network Settings to display the Network Settings page.
4.
To use an external SMTP server, select Enable SMTP Server in the Email Configuration section, then specify SMTP server options:

Option

Description

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. If you specify an IP address, enclose the address in brackets. For example [10.10.10.10].

Port

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

Login

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

Password and Confirm Password

Enter the password of the specified server account.

a.
Click Test Connection.
b.
In the Connection Test SMTP dialog box that appears, type the email address to which you want to send a test email using the newly configured SMTP server, and click Send Test Email.
The Connection Test SMTP dialog box refreshes, showing the test results. status of the email operation. If the test fails, verify your configuration, and try again.
6.
Optional: To configure a different SMTP or POP3 server for each queue, go to the Configure 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.
The Service Desk Queue Email Settings page appears.
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.

9.
Click Save.

Maintenance and troubleshooting

Maintenance and troubleshooting

The KACE SMA has automatic backup capabilities, logs, and troubleshooting tools that help administrators maintain and monitor system health.

Maintaining the appliance

Maintaining the appliance

Appliance maintenance includes establishing a backup schedule, verifying system health, and applying updates to appliance software.

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