SDA (K2000)

Please tell us how you’d like to see the System Deployment Appliance product improved!

  1. Join multicast session from KBE

    Right now, there doesn't appear to be a way to join a multicast session from the KBE. This would be very helpful if we get a new shipment of PCs in, and set them all up. Then, we just tell the K2 to start the session and wait for 30 clients. This way we don't need to harvest mac addresses before hand... We can just deploy.

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  2. The ability to enter a computer name from the deployment UI.

    Instead of entering the name from the computer install, enter it from the UI when setting the deployment.

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  3. Add a Patch Feed for scripted imaging just like the drivers feed

    Add a patch feed that you can subscribe to MS patches, adobe patches firefox ect and then apply patch feeds to scripted images so your images always come off the bench with the latest patching.

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    under review  ·  Alex Au Yeung responded

    We’re looking into extending the linking and integration abilities between a K1 and K2 and this would be one of the features we’d implement when that time comes.

  4. Kace agent automatically install on the K2000 as a post install task when new updates come out

    Wouldn't it be great if when a new agent update came out on the K1000 that you wouldn't have to manually update your post install task for the agent on the K2000.

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    under review  ·  Alex Au Yeung responded

    We’re looking into extending the linking and integration abilities between a K1 and K2 and this would be one of the features we’d implement when that time comes.

  5. K2000 bandwidth settings: Change the units for the Transfer Rate Limit from KB/s to Kbps.

    Currently the "Limit average transfer rate to" setting uses Kilobytes per second and this should be set to Kilobits per second instead to be more inline with network throttling standards.

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  6. Custom Columns in Deployments area

    Allow customers to change the width of existing data columns, add custom columns with pre-existing fields (i.e. date created, last date modified, last date used), and remove columns that customer does not need or want (i.e. hostname) all within the Deployments area of the K2000.

    This would great help the organization of images, and the quick viewing of information for image rotation, updating, statistics, etc.

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  7. Peer to peer deployment

    It could be useful when the network configuration is not multicast compliant to use a peer-to-peer protocol (bitorrent) to deploy images.

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    under review  ·  Ken Galvin responded

    Thank you for your suggestion. This has been added to the feature request list. We encourage others to vote as we use this input for prioritizing our release plans.

  8. 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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  9. Increase frequency of updates to the KBE Driver Packs and notification when KBE's have been updated

    When new Dell workstations are purchased, I have to download the drivers from the Dell website because the NIC or Storage drivers aren't compatible with new Dell hardware.

    I'd like for the KBE's to be a step ahead (or at least even) with the release of new hardware.

    Also, I'd like notification that a new KBE driver pack is available. A date on the Dell KBE download page would be an improvement. There is nothing now.

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    under review  ·  Ken Galvin responded

    Note that the date does appear on the download page now. But this has been added to the feature request list. We encourage others to vote as we use this input for prioritizing our release plans.

  10. Capture Full Backup of SDA

    Currently, backups are only done if a change to the item being backed up has occurred. This is incremental behavior. We should have the option to specify this behavior (via checkbox, for example).

    What I would like is the ability to do a full backup of everything at will - scheduled or otherwise.

    An example of a problem arising from the current solution is this: empty the Restore share and then try to back everything up. You cannot. If you offload your backup and then lose it, you cannot make another full backup.

    Ideally, everything would be rolled up into…

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  11. 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…

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  12. Block level imaging of systems

    We would like the ability to do block level imaging again. Unfortunately this ability was removed with the removal of the linux kbe in the newest K2000 release. So either implement your own program to do block level imaging or allow the customer to create a section in the WinPE environment where they can use 3rd party imaging programs like Acronis or Ghost. We had this ability when we bought Kace and now it was removed. If Acronis & Ghost can do block level imaging in WinPE, Kace should be able to do the same. This truly limits are ability…

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  13. 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  ·  John Karabaic responded

    Can you flesh out the use case further for me? Give me some examples of what kind of SI’s you’d do, the pre- and post-install tasks, etc.

  15. Be able to create sym links to driverfolders

    As Hp also has started to distribute famy cab driverpacks, it would be nice to be able to symlink the different folders to one folder containing the whole family of drivers. for instance the Elitebook 745 G2 Utilizes the same driverpack as the 725 G2 , but we have to copy the drivers from one folder to another for the drivers to install.

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    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.

  17. Logical Installation task

    Would like to see the k2000 have the ability to do logical installations based on chasis type. Such as desktop or laptops. There are applications that only need to be installed on a laptop and it would be great to automate that based on the type of chasis.

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  18. Dynamic MAC & Host Name querying between K1000 & K2000

    Auto-populate Host Name of machines in K2000 System Inventory via K2000 query of MAC address in K1000 Computer Inventory.

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    under review  ·  John Karabaic responded

    Ways to unify the identity of machines on the K1000 and K2000 are on the roadmap, and some have been implemented in 3.3. Unclear if MAC address is reliable enough to assure identity, what with ARP issues and the like, but we’re looking at ways to make integrated appliances work better together.

  19. Dualboot Windows/Linux + grub

    Hello,

    I would like to know when it will be possible to create k-Aother images or image format that will manage the Windows / Linux dual boot + Grub. or at least the possibility of an image Creation repeating the entire hard drive (Whatever the grub partition and above)

    Thank you in advance.
    Regards

    Christophe
    Ecole Centrale de Lille - IG2I
    France

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    under review  ·  Alex Au Yeung responded

    This would require expanding our integrated support for Linux platforms, so we’ll keep this in mind.

  20. Add support for Dell ImageDirect images

    We have a set of Windows images on Dell's ImageDirect site that would be nice to upload over to the K2000, either from the site, or via ISO files.

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    under review  ·  Alex Au Yeung responded

    In the future, we may have a much tighter integration with Dell factory processes, where you can use your K2000 as a ‘Dell-Factory-in-a-Box’

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