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.

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        under review  ·  27 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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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          started  ·  4 comments  ·  Feature Enhancements  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 197 votes
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            29 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            planned  ·  RogerL responded

            We’re looking at implementing a kick-start installation for the same Linux distros that are supported by the K1000 agent.

          • 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 →
            • 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.

              • Configure charlie root (daily) 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 its '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.

                1. Modify 'from' address
                2. Modify Display Name
                3. Turn on/off email notifications
                4. Schedule charlie root emails (weekends, etc)

                127 votes
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                  9 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  planned  ·  RogerL responded

                  We have some new features planned that include parts of this suggestion. Stay tuned!

                • 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  ·  11 comments  ·  Feature Enhancements  ·  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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                      under review  ·  7 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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…

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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.

                      • 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.

                        • 90 votes
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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.

                          • 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 →
                            • 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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                              • 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.

                                66 votes
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                                  under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Feature Enhancements  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support for APFS in macOS High Sierra

                                  With Apple's transition to macOS HIgh Sierra and their new APFS file system protocol, I would like to see native support for APFS when creating a Mac KBE netboot. As Apple recommends moving to APFS with High Sierra, it is not good practice to continue hobbling along with the older file system format.

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                                      7 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.

                                    • 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…

                                      52 votes
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                                        under review  ·  10 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Link tasks to a deployment and not to an image

                                        It would be more practical to link tasks (pre-install, mid-install, post-install) to a deployment rather than an image. We are several people to deploy the same image but we use different pre and post-install tasks... If each person changes the tasks for each deployment of the same image we risk to have conflicts...
                                        Actually we duplicate the image to have different tasks but it's not a good solution because the same wim stored many times on the K2000 Appliance.
                                        Another solution would be to just duplicate a link on the wim file and not the entire wim.

                                        51 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Feature Enhancements  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Deploy Windows Updates automatically after postinstallation tasks

                                          It would be nice if the K2000 would also manage Windows Updates (like the K1000) to deploy them automatically as postinstallation Task.

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