SDA (K2000)

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  1. Mac netbooting across subnets

    We would like to be able to netboot a Mac across subnets (we have 39 academic subnets on campus, out of about 107 total subnets) without having to issue a bless command on each Mac or having to have an RSA on each subnet. We have a 10.5 server running DeployStudio that handles this just fine, but I'd like to be able to use KBOX for all of our imaging (Windows imaging on KBOX is much nicer than using Ghost).

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      16 comments  ·  Feature Enhancements  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      planned  ·  Bob Crosley responded

      We are still planning on Mac OS X Server integration in a future release to support this.

    • Role-based access control (RBAC)

      Regulate access to various functionality based on user roles and permissions. This would include granular access to capabilities such as:

      - Logon to KBE
      - Access to specific production images
      - Server/workstation roles
      - Samba share access
      - Differentiate between access to deploy images, and access to log into connected machines as an admin.

      195 votes
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        under review  ·  25 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ubuntu

        It would be much appreciated if you could please provide built-in support for Ubuntu Desktop and Server distributions. Many organizations would benefit from this enhancement, and your place in my heart would be solidified.

        Many thanks

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          24 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          planned  ·  Alex Au Yeung responded

          Can voters please comment what form this could take? Is a Linux boot environment requireed? Is K-imaging support needed, or Scripted Installs? Would sector-based deployment from a Windows KBE work?

        • Automatic Naming of Computer from K1000

          If i'm rebuilding a computer the Kbox should rename the computer correctly based on the information in the K1000. The old scripts are klunky. Maybe just a simple database/SOAP query to the K1000 for basic naming.

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            10 comments  ·  Feature Enhancements  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            planned  ·  John Karabaic responded

            This is part of a long-term vision in the roadmap towards restoring a machine’s identity on the K1000 when rebuilt from the K2000, with incremental progress being made in each release.

          • Ability to apply K1 labels from the K2 as postinstall tasks.

            It would be beneficial to be able to leverage the label feature in the K1 at time of system deployment.

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              under review  ·  5 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Replication window for RSAs:

              Some of our sites are on low bandwidth data connections. Trying to sync multiple RSAs takes days as the syncs do not happen concurrently. As these tasks queue up, I am unable to do other K2000 tasks, such as driver feed updates, upload images, or recaching of drivers. If we could have a window for replication similar to the K1000 replication to network shares, this would improve efficiency in our environment and ensure our RSAs are more up-to-date.

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                7 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Be able to restore the K2000 database

                I just found out that you can not restore the K2000 database even though you can backup the K2000 database. I want to be able to have all my settings if there is a catastrophic failure with my server or just need to refresh the hardware. I have to recreate all my labels, users, Ldap authentication, all my general settings, date time settings, relink all of my RSAs and K1000.

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                  under review  ·  10 comments  ·  Feature Enhancements  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • charlie root email

                  Please allow the ability to customise the email sent from Charlie Root (K2000). At the moment it doesn't seem to be configurable. We want to change it's 'from' address, and the display name 'Charlie root' to something more meaningful. And make that email alert more configurable, like how often its sent, what to put in 'subject', etc.

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                    under review  ·  6 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Run scripts apart from image deployments or scripted installs

                    It would be nice to be able to run scripts (such as to configure BIOS, etc.) apart from a scripted install or image deployment. As it is we must have several deployments that have different combinations of scripts in the pre-install task area which makes things confusing and cluttered for our technicians when choosing which deployment option is appropriate. We have several image deployment options just for Windows 7 Ent. x64 alone; all of which take up space.

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                      6 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        under review  ·  John Karabaic responded

                        Boot Camp support is something we’re looking at. Please give us an idea of how important it is to you.

                      • UEFI Secure boot

                        UEFI Secure Boot.

                        With the release of uefi pxe boots, we can now load images on our dell computers with much less interaction during the unbox. We are still forced to disable secure boot on all new systems before we can boot them.

                        1. Secure boot is a prevalent security patch that negates boot malware from infecting systems. this alone should be reason for integrating secure boot loads

                        2. all our equipment ships from dell with secure boot enabled under uefi, so I feel our Dell K2000 should be able to image Dell equipment out of the box without needing…

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                        • Adding Dell Diagnostics or memory testing

                          Add Dell Diagnostics or memory testing to the KPE recovery options.

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                            10 comments  ·  Feature Enhancements  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Slipstream Patches Into scripted Install

                            It would be very beneficial to have the K2000 be able to slipstream MS patches similar to nlite/RT7lite with all current patches. Right now a Windows 7 sp1 Scripted install has 170 patches pending from MS.
                            I see our K1000 as a maintainer of machines not an initial configuratior.

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                              6 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              under review  ·  Alex Au Yeung responded

                              We’re looking at this after we get more K1000 synchronization built into the K2000.

                            • Driver Feed for Non-Dell systems

                              Managing non-Dell systems with the K2000 can be hit or miss. you should be able to feed in drivers for non-dell systems, even without the other manufacturers support.

                              Kace users could submit model specific driver packages to a temporary Kace FTP site, and Kace or other kace users could test and validate the drivers.

                              Once validated, the drivers could be included in the driver feed library alongside the existing Dell systems.

                              I have many great Lenovo notebook Driver Packages (T500, T510, T520, W520 etc...) I would love to share, but could use some working HP Desktop Driver Packages (like the…

                              72 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Feature Enhancements  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                under review  ·  Alex Au Yeung responded

                                Researching ways to integrate the ITNinja community, and this may be one of the big draws. We’ll look into it.

                              • RSA as K1000 Replication Point

                                If we deploy an RSA to each location, why can't I use it as a K1000 replication point? Doesn't it make sense to use the RSA for this purpose as well as K2000 tasks?

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                                  under review  ·  7 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    under review  ·  John Karabaic responded

                                    We’d like to improve schedulling and automated tasks across the board on the K2000.

                                    I’m not as enthusiastic about supporting user state migration to non-K2000 storage. The advantage of the K2000 is that everything’s centralized. We already have export of user state in 3.3. If the problem is not having enough native storage on the K2000, we’ve heard that loud and clear.

                                  • Detach the image media from the image deployment job

                                    The idea is to have the same process for the Imaging that the scripted installation. Then the image captured will be stored in the media Library and not in the deployment image tab. To create an image deployment job, we will select the image in a dropdown list.

                                    61 votes
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                                      under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Feature Enhancements  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Template for images / Post-Installation Tasks

                                      we are using several images with the same order of same post-installation tasks.

                                      It would be great, if we could create a template with an order of post-installation tasks and attach the template to the images.

                                      Background: When something has to be changed / Post-Installation task has to be exchanged, every image has to be changed manually.

                                      When there would be a template for that, then just the template would have to be changed and all images which are using that template would get that change(s)....

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                                      • 52 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add Custom Boot Images

                                          Is it possible to:

                                          Create a share on the KBox2000 called kbox_custom for people to add their own .img or .iso files too with the intention of developing a system which allows the booting of custom iso's and img files, ie floppy images for things like running asset tagging utilities.

                                          Suggestions for making it work:

                                          Because the method for booting the current iso’s seems to be through the pxelinux kernel, add a section where they can create their own boot strings and tack them onto the bottom of the boot menu.
                                          Something like what I’ve depicted in the picture attached…

                                          43 votes
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