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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

Upgrade the KACE SMA Agent on Linux devices

Manually deploying and upgrading the KACE SMA Agent on Linux devices

You can manually deploy or upgrade the KACE SMA Agent on Linux devices as needed.

Manually deploy the KACE SMA Agent on Linux devices

You can manually deploy the KACE SMA Agent on Linux devices by copying the Agent installation files to the devices and running installation commands.

2.
Open a terminal window from Applications > System Tools.
/opt/quest/kace/bin/ where the Agent executable files are installed.
/var/quest/kace/ where the Agent configuration, logs, and other data is stored.

The device information appears in the appliance Inventory within a few minutes. See Managing applications on the Software page.

Deploy the KACE SMA Agent on Linux devices at startup or login

You can schedule the Agent to be deployed when users start or log in to Linux devices.

The export call must precede the call to the installer. For example: export KACE_SERVER=kace_sma_name rpm -Uvh kace_sma_agent-12345.i386.rpm

The system looks for the value of host in these locations in the order shown:

2.
KACE_SERVER (environment variable)
3.
The amp.conf file
Upgrade the KACE SMA Agent on Linux devices

You can manually upgrade the KACE SMA Agent on Linux devices by running commands on the devices.

2.
Open a terminal window from Applications > System Tools.

Performing Agent operations on Linux devices

Performing Agent operations on Linux devices

You can run commands on Agent-managed Linux devices to perform various Agent operations.

Start and stop the Agent on Linux devices

You can run commands on Linux devices to start and stop the Agent. This procedure is useful in troubleshooting Agent-related issues.

1.
Open a terminal window from Applications > System Tools.
Manually remove the Agent from Linux devices

You can remove the Agent from Linux devices manually by running commands on the devices.

1.
Open a terminal window from Applications > System Tools.
3.
Optional: Remove the kace directory:
rm -rf /var/quest/kace/
Verify that the Agent is running on Linux devices

You can run a command on Linux devices to determine whether the Agent is running.

1.
Open a terminal window from Applications > System Tools.

root 6100 0.0 3.9 3110640 20384 ? Ssl Mar03 0:00 /opt/quest/kace/bin/AMPAgent --daemon

View the Agent version on Linux devices

You can run a command on Linux devices to verify the version of the Agent installed on those devices.

1.
Open a terminal window from Applications > System Tools.

The version number is displayed.

Collecting inventory information

You can manually collect inventory on Linux devices by forcing inventory updates.

See Forcing inventory updates.

Start and stop the Agent on Linux devices

Performing Agent operations on Linux devices

You can run commands on Agent-managed Linux devices to perform various Agent operations.

Start and stop the Agent on Linux devices

You can run commands on Linux devices to start and stop the Agent. This procedure is useful in troubleshooting Agent-related issues.

1.
Open a terminal window from Applications > System Tools.
Manually remove the Agent from Linux devices

You can remove the Agent from Linux devices manually by running commands on the devices.

1.
Open a terminal window from Applications > System Tools.
3.
Optional: Remove the kace directory:
rm -rf /var/quest/kace/
Verify that the Agent is running on Linux devices

You can run a command on Linux devices to determine whether the Agent is running.

1.
Open a terminal window from Applications > System Tools.

root 6100 0.0 3.9 3110640 20384 ? Ssl Mar03 0:00 /opt/quest/kace/bin/AMPAgent --daemon

View the Agent version on Linux devices

You can run a command on Linux devices to verify the version of the Agent installed on those devices.

1.
Open a terminal window from Applications > System Tools.

The version number is displayed.

Collecting inventory information

You can manually collect inventory on Linux devices by forcing inventory updates.

See Forcing inventory updates.

Manually remove the Agent from Linux devices

Performing Agent operations on Linux devices

You can run commands on Agent-managed Linux devices to perform various Agent operations.

Start and stop the Agent on Linux devices

You can run commands on Linux devices to start and stop the Agent. This procedure is useful in troubleshooting Agent-related issues.

1.
Open a terminal window from Applications > System Tools.
Manually remove the Agent from Linux devices

You can remove the Agent from Linux devices manually by running commands on the devices.

1.
Open a terminal window from Applications > System Tools.
3.
Optional: Remove the kace directory:
rm -rf /var/quest/kace/
Verify that the Agent is running on Linux devices

You can run a command on Linux devices to determine whether the Agent is running.

1.
Open a terminal window from Applications > System Tools.

root 6100 0.0 3.9 3110640 20384 ? Ssl Mar03 0:00 /opt/quest/kace/bin/AMPAgent --daemon

View the Agent version on Linux devices

You can run a command on Linux devices to verify the version of the Agent installed on those devices.

1.
Open a terminal window from Applications > System Tools.

The version number is displayed.

Collecting inventory information

You can manually collect inventory on Linux devices by forcing inventory updates.

See Forcing inventory updates.

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