SMA (K1000)

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  1. Native Powershell Integration

    The ability to use Powershell more natively within the KBOX appliance.

    A quick example: I would like to push out three installs before the desktop loads but would like to use Powershell to do it since it has more power and flexibility than a batch script. Although I can run the Powershell script it calls it first as if from a command line which then makes the KBOX client think the install is done so it then continues to the desktop, which I would not like it to do.

    It would be nice to be able to specify the Powershell…

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      8 comments  ·  Managed Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      under review  ·  Michal SimekMichal Simek responded

      I’m looking to understand exactly what is desired around specific support for PowerShell. The Online Shell Script option should allow the execution of Powershell commands as parameters to Powershell.exe (as would be issued from the command line). If the issue is that Powershell is running tasks and not waiting until they are complete, the Powershell command needs to be updated to instruct it to wait. A couple of ways to do this:

      Start-Process setup.exe -NoNewWindow -Wait

      Or because piping will wait for the program to terminate you can pipe to out-null:

      Setup.exe | Out-Null

      If we were to include “PowerShell Script” as a script type we could help one avoid having to specify Powershell.exe but one would still need to instruct Powershell to wait when calling another process.

      I see this also as beneficial for calling multiline script files versus one-liners. We’d love more feedback on use cases so we…

    • Multiple distribution packages assigned to one software

      The problem is that there are a lot of software applications out there that don't differentiate themselves once installed between 32 bit, 64 bit, or any of the OSs (i.e. 2003 vs. 2008) but have different installation packages depending on these items.

      139 votes
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        under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Managed Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add a Ninite-like library of commonly used software

        Ninite provides a consistent interface for installing some of our most commonly used free software. Software like Firefox, Flash, Java, etc. can be installed with the same consistent switches every time, and Ninite takes care of making sure it has the most up-to-date version. That way, instead of having to prepare fresh Java packages every few days we could simply choose to keep that software up to date.

        This kind of functionality would go a long way toward making KACE easy to get up and running to manage essential software.

        113 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Managed Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          This is under consideration but not planned for the next release, Please continue voting if you’d like to see this feature prioritized for a future release.

        • Increase max zip file upload size from 2GB

          New software is requiring zip files to be greater than the 2GB upload limit for the KBox 1000. This maximum size needs to be increased.

          108 votes
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            planned  ·  8 comments  ·  Managed Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add option to install at system startup

            Right now the only managed install options are execute anytime, execute before logon, execute after logon, execute while user logged on, and execute while user logged off. There should be an option to install when the system boots and before the Ctrl+Alt+Del prompt is shown. Right now the "execute before logon" will install literally right before logon: the agent does nothing until someone presses Ctrl+Alt+Delete and then it starts the install, which causes a delay for the person sitting at the computer.

            77 votes
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              8 comments  ·  Managed Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              This is under consideration but not planned for the next release, Please continue voting if you’d like to see this feature prioritized for a future release.

            • Better configurability over Bandwidth Throttling

              The K1000 lacks the ability to throttle bandwidth (other than within Replication Shares.) The bandwidth throttling from within Replication Shares is good, but that is the ONLY place that it can be configured. Having the ability to configure this for the whole KBOX would be a great feature. Things like maximum bandwidth utilization, maximum data transferred, etc.

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                under review  ·  6 comments  ·  Managed Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Smart managed installs that know if the installation has been patched

                I would love it if I could have a managed installation (say Office 2010) that should automatically be installed on all machines. I also want to be able to patch the software to a newer version without the managed install trying to install the software again.

                33 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Managed Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Exclude a machine from getting a Managed Install

                  I would like the ability to prevent a machine from getting a MI, without creating a new label.

                  Example: I have our whole library in a group. All machines in the library need Software X. However, Software X conflicts with Software Y that is on our main circulation desk machine. This means I need a whole separate label that excludes that one machine. I would like to just say, within the MI, "Apply to this label, EXCEPT Machine Z".

                  I hope this makes sense what I'm asking. Thanks.

                  31 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Managed Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Installation possibility in User-Portal in "User-Context"

                    I am looking for a feature, that allows Software to be installed in "User Context". Currently, if a software is published in the software portal, the user itself can initiate the installation. The software is then pushed to the UserAgent and the service installs the software with its system account.
                    I am looking for the possibility to launch installations within the user context (to access HKCU or %APPDATA% from the current user account running this software). Background is that a distributed package (via software portal) or a software installation job could do things like adjusting the signature of the user…

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                      under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Managed Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Create label groups for scripting & deployment purposes, not just organizational purposes

                      While there is an ability to create group labels in the K1000, these serve little purpose other than organizational purposes because the group label cannot be applied to a script which makes it basically useless. I would like the ability to create a group and then use that group however I want, just like any other label. Example: Deploy Script A to Building Z instead of manually selecting each label for Accounting, HR, Admin, etc.

                      28 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Managed Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Limit Deployment To Listed Machines Manual entry

                        The Limit deployment list should accept a list of IP’s or computer names separated by returns. When I copy a list from outside Kace or inside Kace I should be able to paste it in notepad or excel manipulate it as I want then paste it to the a manual entry filed that will populate the Limit Deployment To Listed Machines filed.

                        This will be one new multi-line textboxes that will accept inputs. The textbox will be called manual entry above the textbox two bullets one labeled “by IP” the other “by computer name”. When you paste data into this…

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                          2 comments  ·  Managed Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • List Windows 10 OS as a single OS instead of separating by build number

                          Currently, every new "version" of Windows 10, by whatever identifier KACE is using, shows up as a "different operating system" for purposes of determining which OS to install software on. E.g. the Software Detail for Foocorp Widget lists "Supported Operating Systems" of Win7, Win7 x64, Win8, etc. - and then three separate instances of "Windows 10 Enterprise x64" differentiated by build number, according to KACE Support.

                          The effect is that with every new build of Win10, all of our software installs break as it's a "new OS" not listed as supported in the software record. Not to mention that pretty…

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                          • Bypass snooze if no one is logged on to PC

                            Currently, if no one is logged in to the PC, a Managed Install with a Snooze will fail. It would be nice if the client UI was just bypassed altogether in this case and the managed install allowed to proceed as if the user either ignored the prompt or selected Install Now. This behavior is what one would typically expect if they chose "Install Now" as the timeout option.

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                            • Managed Install Scheduling

                              I would love to see the ability to set a more specific deployment schedule for the managed installs. Make it like the patch deployment scheduling where you can pick certain day(s) of the week, specific time of day, specific date & time, etc. We have many machines that can only have software deployed to them at specific times and this would help automate that process.

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                              • I'd like to have a way to reset the failed status and/or attempt count for an individual computer's Managed Install.

                                I'd like to have a way to reset the failed status and/or attempt count for an individual computer's Managed Install. Re-saving the MI resets for all failed, but I'm looking for a way to reset the count and/or failed status for individual computers. I'd prefer to not have to allow sub-admins the permission to save/modify MIs.

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                                • Managed Installation Tasks

                                  Options of tasks for :
                                  1/ Download only package to target devices. (schedule or not)

                                  2/ For install only or download and install. ( schedule or not)

                                  3/ Option for create logs for install with return codes clear :
                                  Donwload ok = 1 Donwload kO = 0
                                  Problem of donwload code error = 2 ( Timeout) etc...

                                  4/ Option of alert ...

                                  5/ Option of step of install, install this *.exe/*.msi /
                                  a : exect this file ins archive first
                                  b: after install of this file is ok exact this another file in archive file etcc..
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                                  • Prevent accidental changes to Managed Installs and Scripting

                                    We have techs that need the ability to manually start a managed install or script by computer on an hourly basis. One-off requests. We have had several records deleted and or changed becuase of rights. I am submitting for the ability to push or run installs (Managed installs and scripting) without having the ability to modify the page. I can limit who has access to the tabs already and therefore am not concerned that this would allow the wrong people to gain access. Please review.

                                    16 votes
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                                    • K1000 Software Library for Mac & Auto-Filtering

                                      Any end-users would like to be empowered to use K1000 software library for installing any software on either Windows or Mac system without required admin privilege. I found that K1000 software library supports only Windows. K1000 software library needs to support Mac, too.

                                      In addition, the auto filter depending on what machine they are running needs to be added to K1000 software library. For example, end-user is logged onto Mac system, then, K1000 software library needs to provide only Mac apps by auto-filtering.

                                      15 votes
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                                        planned  ·  0 comments  ·  Managed Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Ability to have option for distributions to be downloaded to the client and deployed at a later time

                                        We have many remote users and I would like the ability to push out a distribution and have it staged on a computer in the background with resume on disconnect download options and deployed once the download has completed.

                                        15 votes
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                                        • Managed install notification options are confusing

                                          Currently in 6.3, there are 3 options for notifications:

                                          1. Alert user before run
                                          2. Initial message
                                          3. Completion message

                                          Completion messages makes sense, but the other 2 shoudl be redone to make more sense.

                                          Example:
                                          1. Pre-installation message
                                          2. Progress indicator (or do without it entirely)
                                          3. Completion Message

                                          I don't see the benefit of a alert before it runs...then another type of alert before it runs. Is this to alot for larger downloads maybe?

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