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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

About single sign on (SSO)

About single sign on (SSO)

Single sign on enables users who are logged on to the domain, or authenticated through a third-party, to access the KACE SMA Administrator Console and User Console without having to re-enter their credentials on the KACE SMA login page.

You can use Active Directory for single sign on.

Single sign on is available for:

One domain only: If you have multiple domains, only one can be enabled for single sign on. This is true even if the Organization component is enabled on the KACE SMA, and you have multiple organizations that are on different domains. Single sign on is a System-level configuration, and organizations cannot be configured independently for single sign on.
Microsoft Active Directory servers: You can enable single sign on using Microsoft Active Directory servers with 2003 R2 or higher schema versions. Earlier schema versions cannot be used. If the Organization component is enabled on your appliance, the Active Directory single sign on method can be used with multiple organizations.

Using external LDAP or Active Directory servers for single sign on

Using external LDAP or Active Directory servers for single sign on

When using Active Directory for authentication for single sign on, the external LDAP or Active Directory server must have the same entries as the Active Directory server specified for single sign on. The KACE SMA matches user credentials on the joined domain, and then it uses the external LDAP configuration to determine user roles and privileges.

To authenticate users by using local accounts on the KACE SMA, you need to either import accounts from an LDAP or Active Directory server to the appliance, or manually create accounts on the appliance. See:

Enabling and disabling single sign on

Enabling and disabling single sign on

You can enable or disable single sign on in the KACE SMA security settings.

Enable single sign on

Enable single sign on

To enable single sign on, you need to configure the appliance Security Settings to establish a connection between an Active Directory server and the appliance.

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 Security Settings to display the Security Settings page.
3.
In the Single Sign On section, select a single sign on method.
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