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KACE Systems Management Appliance 11.1 Common Documents - KACE Express Quick Start Guide

About KACE Express Requirements for running KACE Express Installing the KACE Express virtual appliance Configuring the KACE Express virtual appliance Provisioning Agents to enable device management Using KACE Express for systems management Transitioning from KACE Express to the full appliance Support options for KACE Express Appendixes About us Legal notices

Provisioning a KACE Agent using onboard provisioning

Provisioning a KACE Agent using onboard provisioning

You can install the KACE Agent on multiple devices by specifying a range of IP addresses as targets for installation (onboard provisioning).

After you have prepared each of your client devices, you use the Agent Provisioning Assistant in KACE Express to identify the devices and set up a provisioning schedule.

Prepare Windows devices to have the Agent installed

Prepare Windows devices to have the Agent installed

Before you install the KACE Agent on Windows devices, the devices must be configured.

Provide Administrator credentials for each device. To install the KACE Agent on multiple devices, the Administrator credentials must be the same for all devices.

To configure User Account Control (UAC), do one of the following:

Set User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode to Disabled. This option is recommended, because it is more secure and can be centrally configured using GPO. To find this setting, open the Group Policy (type secpol.msc into the Search programs and files field under the Start menu), then go to Local Policies > Security Options. Restart the device after applying the settings.
On Windows 10, go to Control Panel > User Accounts > Change User Account Control, then in the User Account Control Settings dialog, move the slider to the bottom (Never notify), and click OK.
On Windows 8.1 or 8, go to Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy, then in Security Options in the Local Policies section choose Disabled for each of the items labeled User Account Control.
On Windows 7, go to Control Panel > System and Security > Action Center > Change User Account Control Settings.

On the Advanced Sharing Settings page, enable network discovery and file and printer sharing.

If Windows Firewall is enabled, you must enable File and Print Sharing in the Exceptions list of the Firewall Configuration. For instructions, see the Microsoft Support website.

Verify the availability of ports 139 and 445.

The appliance verifies the availability of ports 139 and 445 on target devices before attempting to run any remote installation procedures.

Install Agents using IP ranges

Install Agents using IP ranges

When all your target devices have been pre-configured, you can start the process of deploying Agents using the IP ranges of the target devices.

1.
Log in to the appliance Administrator Console: http://appliance_hostname/admin.
From the Dashboard, click Launch the Agent Provisioning Assistant in the Information section.
If the link does not appear in the Information section, start the Agent Provisioning Assistant from the Provisioning panel:
1.
On the left navigation bar, click Settings to expand the section, then click Provisioning.
2.
Click Agent Provisioning Assistant.
The Agent Provisioning Assistant: Step 1 of 3 page appears.
3.
In the Configure section, name the schedule, enable provisioning, and provide platform information:

Option

Description

Name

A unique name that identifies this configuration. The name appears on the Provisioning Schedules page.

Enabled

Enable provisioning schedules. Schedules run only if this check box is selected.

Install/Uninstall

Indicates whether the provisioning schedule deals with installing or uninstalling Agents.

Credentials

Separate rows for the credentials needed to connect to the device and run commands for the particular platform targeted by the schedule. The first column contains the operating system. The second column contains the Agent Version in place for installation. The third column contains a drop-down list from which to select existing credentials. You can select Add new credential to add credentials not already listed.

See Add and edit User/Password credentials.

4.
In the Deploy section, identify the devices to be included in the schedule:

Option

Description

Target IP addresses or Hostnames

A comma-separated list of the IP addresses or hostnames of the target devices.

The Help me pick devices link enables you to add devices to the Target IP addresses or Hostnames list:

Provisioning IP Range: Use hyphens to specify individual IP address class ranges. For example: 192 168 2-5 1-200. After specifying a range, click Add All.
Select Devices from Discovery: This drop-down list is populated from the Discovery Results. To filter the contents, start typing in the field. After selecting a device, click Add All.

Option

Description

None

Run in combination with an event rather than on a specific date or at a specific time.

Every n minutes/hours

Run at a specified interval.

Every day/specific day at HH:MM

Run daily at a specified time, or run on a designated day of the week at a specified time.

On the nth of every month/specific month at HH:MM

Run on the same day every month, or a specific month, at the specified time.

6.
Optional: Use Advanced settings to:
Enable a complete uninstall of the Agent. Selecting Remove KUID during uninstall results in an existing Agent being removed from the device before the Agent is installed again. In this case, the KACE Systems Management Appliance generates a new KUID for the asset, and it appears as a new device in the KACE Systems Management Appliance.
7.
Click Run now to display the Provisioning Schedules page and the new configuration.

Using KACE Express for systems management

Using KACE Express for systems management

After configuring KACE Express and provisioning agents, you can now use KACE Express to manage inventory and to perform various other systems management functions.

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