SDA (K2000)

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  1. MAC-Adressfilter for KACE PXE-Server

    For rival pxe servers in the same subnet (e.g. Citrix Provisioning/KACE) there's a need to filter mac-adresses (exclude/include) for the clients/servers to point to the correct deployment system. In our former Altiris Deployment system there's an PXE-Option settiing for that.

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  2. Monitoring on all Windows OS

    I would like to be able to monitor all systems, not just servers. This would be a really big help.

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  3. Deployment-Wide, Deployer-Defined Variables

    Would like the ability to create user-defined variables within a deployment definition (Scripted Installations, or System Images) that are valid for the entire process of deployment. These variables would be held by the K2000, not by the box being imaged.

    Example:
    As a pre-install task, I could determine the BIOS version of the box being imaged, and store it in the variable FIRMWAREVER, and then at any point subsequent, in a later pre-install task, or a post-install task, I could call %FIRMWAREVER% and have that information. This way I don't have to store it on a temp RAM…

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  4. Custom Schedule to Export Packages

    Could we have more options for the schedule export of packages? We are looking at schedules such like:
    A. on a monthly schedule i.e. the last day of the month or 15th of the month
    B. biweekly

    I understand that the ability to create a custom schedule is available on the K1000.

    Thank you.

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  5. bios

    Ability to add a BIOS upgrade as a post install task that doesn't result in an endless boot BIOS update loop.

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  6. default task group

    With the introduction of task groups in 6.0, I would like the ability to mark a task group as a default. So when I capture a new image, that task group is automatically applied to it.

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  7. Add Samba shares to SDA

    We have a SMA at our main site, and SDA's at each of our remote sites. It seems like it would be a natural solution to allow creation of Samba shares on our SDA's to act as replication shares for our SMA, but from what I understand, this is not supported by KACE.

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  8. Enable option to import K1000 Scripted Installs

    Enable option to import K1000 Scripted Installs in addition to the existing option of importing Managed Installs. I find the scripting option more flexible and tend to write most installs with scripts. Unfortunately I am currently unable to import these scripted installs into the K2000.

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  9. Give the ability to select pre-build groups

    Instead of picking an image file that has tasks assigned to it, give the ability to create Build Groups where you select the image and applications to be installed. Right now its static, if you want to use the same image but different programs you have to duplicate the image and assign a different set of applications tasks to it. This takes away from usable drive space. It would be easier to build the deployment groups that calls a certain image and application groups.

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  10. Ability to remove Images captured on an RSA from the main appliance

    We can now upload to RSA's but have to get support to remove failed images.

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  11. Add an additional column in the "Deployment progress" view to be able to identify the machines.

    Add an additional column in the "Deployment progress" view to be able to identify the machines. Right now its just possible to show the "Name", "Deployment", "Deployment Type" and "Date Started".

    In a big envrioenment (we have 14k+ clients and 200 sites) this is completely useless as multiple installations starting at the same day and the list is showing the same "names" just the time is different. By adding the IP and Mac address (both values are available at that point already) would significantly help to identify the correct machine which needs to be monitored.

    Easy implementation and a great…

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  12. Split task queues for replication

    Please make the "nightly sync" queue run multiple RSAs in parallel, or at least adjustable. We are running 200 RSAs and if one of them for whatever reason is blocking delaying the sync the whole queue gets into a backlog. Then it is hard to get it synced without manually interacting and canceling and pushing multiple RSAs at once.

    As it is possible to run multiple syncs manually triggered in parallel it should not be a big deal to also make that work for the build in queues.

    Same applies at days when we need to inject new drivers intro…

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  13. Detect which "Source Media" and which KBE "Is actually in use"

    In a bigger environment it happens that multiple administartors are creating KBEs and injecting Source media. After a while that gets messy and needs a cleanup, but Kace does not offer any option to easily identify which are in use and which are just left overs. There is a marker for "default" but that is all. Would be really helpful to see "used" or "unused" Source Media or KBE.

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  14. quick action buttons in the user console

    We need to be able to create more than one button on the Service Desk User Console (currently quick action button). Would like to be able to create two, direct the button to the appropriate Q and be able to modify the text on the buttons

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  15. USB Image Encypted

    When creating a USB Image, have the data encrypted. This will protect sensitive passwords from being exposed. In the event the USB Stick is lost.

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  16. Support for PVSCSI boot disks to improve disk performance

    Support for Para Virtual SCSI boot drives for disk performance

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  17. Enhance Scan User States Offline task to work for User Profiles stored on secondary partition

    It would be very helpful to have the Scan User States Offline task work for environments where user profiles are stored on another partition (D:\Users for example).
    The builtin Scan User States Offline task works only if users are stored in C:\Users. Also, the task is somehow hard coded and receives some parameters passed on from Custom, Scripted, Imaging html files respectively and where it's called. The scanuserstates_offline.wsf references scripts under peinst\hta folder which is read only so customizing this task it's almost impossible.
    Thank you!

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  18. Remove Zips from install tasks

    When creating a USB image. Remove the original Zip files that have been unzipped into the contents folders.

    This will save space on USB drives.

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  19. "Smart" Labels

    I was excited when Labels were introduced to the K2/SDA. In using them, though, they have not been as useful as I initially expected. The problem is they are not "Smart". I would like to see a Smart Labeling ability added like what is available in the K1/SMA.

    I know that the implementation would be a little different, as the SMA applies labels during inventory which the SDA doesn't do. A thought would be to make them saved searches instead of Smart Labels in the SMA since. Adding Advanced Search capabilities and then saving the searches so they can be…

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  20. Have the possibility to create a bootable usb key for Ubuntu / Linux OS ?

    As is the case for Windows pre-boot environments, being able to create bootable USB keys for Ubuntu / Linux OS.

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