SDA (K2000)

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  1. Suggesting further improvements to WIM image handling in 3.5 and above

    Hello, there may be a few posts around this idea but they are lacking detail and mostly attack the changes in 3.5 when it comes to WIM's. I can see the merit's in what KACE has done in terms of "cleanliness" however, unfortunately 3.5 has been a step backwards in terms of functionality in regards to WIM's.

    Reverting to the old method officially isn't going to happen, although we can all use the old method if we want, with just a few more steps. However rather than that, here's my suggestions on what needs to be changed post-3.5 to bring…

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    completed  ·  RogerL responded

    I split this idea into three separate suggestions for better tracking. I will be managing the three suggestions generated from this one for future planning and notifications, and will now mark this as completed.

    Take a moment and place your votes for those suggestions most important to you.

    1. Allow multiple imaging tasks to point to a single WIM file – https://kace.uservoice.com/forums/82717/suggestions/20372029

    2. Modify WIM Image files (feature started)
    https://kace.uservoice.com/forums/82717/suggestions/20040538

    3. Don’t copy the WIM to the local machine before deploying (Image streaming) – https://kace.uservoice.com/forums/82717/suggestions/20371981

  2. Add Powershell Script to Post-Installation Tasks

    Now that windows comes with Powershell installed. It would be nice to be able to add Powershell scripts as Post-Installation Tasks instead of having to zip them and run them with a batch file.

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  3. Ability to schedule boot actions

    Images get pushed overnight and are pre-staged before IT staff goes home. If the user stays late and reboots his or her computer, the image gets pushed prematurely. Give ability to ignore network boot actions prior to scheduled time.

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  4. Add Username to eligible Appliance Logs

    Currently if a user updates the SDA (K2000) version, the Appliance Upgrade Log only has the date and time of the update. There is no way to see who started the process.

    [Mon Jan 7 19:54:22 EST 2019] [notice] XXX Begin K2000 Server Update to 6.1.251 from 6.0.425
    [Mon Jan 7 19:54:22 EST 2019] [notice] XXX===========================================================================
    [Mon Jan 7 19:54:22 EST 2019] [notice] Removing backup 5.1.84backup.sql.0.gz
    [Mon Jan 7 19:54:22 EST 2019] [notice] Removing old database backups
    [Mon Jan 7 19:54:22 EST 2019] [notice] kbox
    upgrade:: NOTICE: Running kboxupgrade.php part 1
    [Mon Jan 7 19:54:21 EST 2019] [notice]

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  5. Improvement of Sysprep Creator for Windows 10

    It would be helpful to have more options with the Sysprep Creator to build a complete unattend file. Things under "Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" including "BluetoothTaskbarIconEnabled" and "DonNotCleanTaskBar" for examples. Encrypting the password would be great. Adding custom firstlogon commands. Among other things that would be helpful.

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  6. Ability to Deploy Large Applications as Post Install Tasks

    Currently the limit is 2GB I think for Post Install Task. Even with a work around of exporting, re-zipping and importing, the system does not support large applications such as Adobe CC. The only way around this is to run it from a file share.

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    completed  ·  RogerL responded

    This suggestion was completed in version 6.0.

  7. Ability to schedule a scripted install

    I would like to be able to schedule a scripted install for a set of machines on a regular basis (ie. training room pc that needs to be returned to a clean, fresh installed and updated state). Currently, there is no way to schedule a install in this manor.

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  8. Integration with K1000 Database

    Direct integration with the K1000 database for machine inventory (and any other useful integration). It seems redundant to have to scan for machines when the K1000 already has all existing systems in the MACHINE table.

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  9. Windows 8/Server2012/PE 4.0 support

    I think I saw this listed on the itninja forums, but nothing was listed here that I could find. So adding it to make sure it is officially on the feature request list.

    This would include driver support for Windows 8 and Server 2012 and an upgrade of the KBE to use Win PE 4.0 which I believe is required to install Windows 8 and Server 2012.

    Would also like to make sure powershell is added to the KBE. I believe you already get that by adding the scripting package in PE 4.0 which is already added to get vbscript,…

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    completed  ·  Alex Au Yeung responded

    We will have preliminary Windows 8/Server 2012 support in the K2000 3.5 release. We’ve run into a few issues with WinPE however, but we’re able to capture and deploy Win8 and S2012.

    EDIT: 3.5 SP1 includes full support for Windows PE 4.

  10. Make Windows Share imaging hack a standard feature (non-RSA)

    RSA deployment is not an option for our environment, so found this with the help of Gerald Mack (and Brian Collins)

    http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/wim-storage-freeing-up-space-on-your-k2000-if-you-are-using-wim-s

    Gerald also provided this DOS command which worked perfectly:

    "net use t: /d && net use t: \netshare\share /u:username password"

    For those offices with small pipes, we load the local KBE via USB key, which we seldom need to update so that is perfect. Ultimately I feel the K2000 should have a function similar to the Replication Shares of the K1000. I believe this would be a major selling point for new customers.

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    completed  ·  RogerL responded

    This suggestion can be accomplished using the new Custom Deployments feature released in version 6.0.

  11. MTU adjustment

    Please add the ability to adjust MTU. It appears Kace appliances use the default 1500 mtu for ip4 connections. It seems most modern networks support well beyond this.

    The ability to adjust for our environments would have a huge impact on deployment times.

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  12. Drive Feed Auto Filter/Remove - Search and Destroy

    The Drive feed is an excellant resource when creating scripted installs for Dell Machines, but when you try to image off Dell, like HP for example, we need to add all the drivers manually or in a post installation task. The systems blue screen when there are duplicate drivers, it would be excellent if there was like a search and destroy or remove duplicates option, this would help everyone maintain their own driver database for their enterprises systems.

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  13. Storage upgrade ability on SDA and RSAs

    The only way to upgrade the storage on your SDA/RSA currently is to create a new one from scratch and import all your package backups (there is no full backup/export option to help either) to replace the old one. There are now 1Tb and 3Tb options available but current machines cannot be upgraded - surely this should be a feature.

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  14. Please build the Kace SDA/RSA Virtual Appliances with the 7.1.94 update.

    Please build the Kace SDA/RSA Virtual Appliances with the 7.1.94 update. As the current 7.0.357 contains a bug that does not allow RSA creation across subnets. Currently, I have to build an RSA with the wrong network settings, then update the RSA to v 7.1. Then change the network settings again. This is very time consuming and cumbersome to do.

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  15. Transfer RSA captured images to other RSAs and/or main KACE.

    Thanks for adding the ability to capture images to RSA's, now please add the ability to transfer/sync those images between RSA's and the main KACE. Otherwise the ability to capture to RSA's is pretty limited/pointless.

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  16. System Deployment Appliance - Hyper V - 3 TB VDHX

    Please Provide a 3 TB Hyper-V VHDX for the K2000

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  17. Upgrade Multiple RSAs as Action from Remote Sites Screen

    When you manage multiple RSAs, it's a pain to upgrade all of them when you finish an upgrade of the master appliance.
    From the remote sites screen on the master appliance, you should be able to check the box next to multiple RSAs, and choose Upgrade Remote Site from the Action dropdown.

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  18. Auto Update of Driver Feed

    Add a Check Box to download and install new updates when checking for drivers under driver feed, or add a function to automatically check and down new drivers Daily, Weekly, Monthly.... etc...

    It is a pain having to click on each model and then download the driver manually.

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  19. Filter Installation Tasks

    since some companies could have a lot of post install tasks, it'd be nice to be able to search the tasks while adding them to the image and then be able to drag them with out leaving the screen search results. Scrolling through 300+ PITS is cumbersome.

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  20. Windows 10 Deployments

    I started playing around with Windows 10 Enterprise Pre-Release. I downloaded the AIK from here: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=526740

    The new version of Windows 10 can be found on Microsoft Technet or here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-enterprise-technical-preview

    The issue that I see at present is that the Dell Kace Deployment Application Client: MSHTA.exe will not run on the WinPE 10.

    However, a way to install 10 is to navigate to Y:\source_cds\9 (or the updated Windows 10 source CD) then run setup.exe

    This will at least install Windows 10. It isn't a work around, but at least it might Windows 10 a step closer to trying it…

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