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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

Manage contracts

Manage contracts

Contracts represent purchase or service agreements for hardware and software items your business uses, and also for any physical products or services, such as office chairs or coffee suppliers.

You can add, edit, or delete contracts, or export contract details into a file, as needed.

1.
Go to the Contracts list:
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 Asset Management, then click Contracts.
2.
To add a contract, select Choose Action > New.
See Add or edit contracts for more information.
b.
Select Choose Action > Delete.
b.
Select Choose Action > Export, and then choose the appropriate option.

Add or edit contracts

Add or edit contracts

The Contract Detail page shows the details of the selected contract.

Use this page to add or edit contracts, as needed.

1.
Go to the Contract 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 Asset Management, then click Contracts.
c.
Display the Contract Detail page by doing one of the following:
Select Choose Action > New > Contract-Hardware.
Select Choose Action > New > Contract-Software.
Select Choose Action > New > Contract-Other.
Contracts are a form of asset types, and apart from the Name field which is always required, the collection of the fields available with each contract type can be changed to suit your needs. For more information about Asset Types, see About Asset Types

Option

Description

Subtype

The subtype assignment for this contract asset, if applicable. None indicates that the asset is not assigned to a subtype.

You can specify the contract subtypes in the applicable contract Asset Subtype (Contract-Software, Contract-Hardware, or Contract-Other). For more information about asset subtypes, see About Asset Subtypes, custom fields, and device detail preferences.

Asset Status

The contract status, if applicable. You can select a default asset status, or a custom one (if they exist). A default installation of the KACE SMA includes the following asset statuses:

Active: Any asset that is deployed, active, or in use.
Disposed: An asset that is no longer available for use.
Expired: A software license or contract asset that has expired.
In Stock: A recently received asset.
Missing: Any asset that cannot be located.
Repair: An asset that is being repaired.
Reserved: An asset that is set aside for a specific person or use.
Retired: Any asset that reached its end-of-life state, or is no longer in use.
Stolen: An asset that has been reported as stolen.

For more information, see View and configure asset lifecycle settings.

Location

The location of this asset.

Name

The name of the contract.

Contract Number

The contract number.

Contract Description

Additional information about the contract.

Contract Start Date

The date when the contract is activated.

Contract End Date

The date when the contract ends.

Anniversary

Software and hardware contracts only. An indicator of when the contract is up for renewal.

Publisher

Software and hardware contracts only. The contract publisher.

Publisher Program

Software contracts only. The entries available for selection are populated from the Software Catalog, depending on what you set in the Publisher field. When you select a Publisher, the entries available for selection in this field are populated with the program entries associated with the selected Publisher, that exist in your Software Catalog.

Vendor

The name of the vendor associated with the contract. You can select from the available vendor entries.

Vendor Agreement Number

The number of the vendor agreement associated with the contract.

Manufacturer

Hardware contracts only. The manufacturer of the device associated with this contract.

Hardware Type

Hardware contracts only. The type of the hardware device associated with this contract, such as laptop or server.

Hardware Series

Hardware contracts only. The series of the hardware device associated with this contract.

Hardware Model

Hardware contracts only. The model number of the hardware device associated with this contract.

Purchase Order Number

The number of the purchase order associated with the contract.

Purchase Order Date

The date of the purchase order associated with the contract.

Linked Contract

Another contract that is associated with this contract entry.

Contact Name

The contact name associated with the contract.

Contact Email

The contact email address associated with the contract.

Contact Phone

The contact phone number associated with the contract.

Notes

Additional information about this contract.

Attachment 1, Attachment 2

Any file attachments associated with the contract.

3.
Optional. Add one or more barcodes to the contract, as needed.
a.
Under Barcodes, click , and provide the following information:

Option

Description

Barcode Data

The barcode number. Barcode numbers are always unique, they cannot be shared between multiple assets. However, it is possible for an active asset to share a barcode with an archived asset.

Barcode Name

The barcode tag associated with this asset type. There can be only one barcode of the same type per asset.

Barcode Format

The barcode format. For example, UPC-A, Code 11, or UPC-E.

4.
Review the information in the Service Desk section. If you are editing an existing contract associated with one or more Service Desk tickets, they are listed in this section.
5.
Review the information in the Related Assets section. If you are editing an existing contract associated with one or more licenses, they are listed in this section.
6.
Click Save.

Managing licenses

Managing licenses

A license agreement allows you to use a logical or physical asset, such as software or hardware.

You can add, edit, or delete licenses, as needed, and associate them with your physical or logical assets.

Manage licenses

Manage licenses

Licenses allow you to use your logical or physical assets, such as software or hardware that your business uses.

You can add, edit, or delete licenses, or export license details into a file, as needed.

1.
Go to the Licenses list:
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 Asset Management, then click Licenses.
2.
To add a license, select Choose Action > New.
See Add or edit licenses for more information.
b.
Select Choose Action > Delete.
b.
Select Choose Action > Export, and then choose the appropriate option.
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