Jan
22
2015

2015 Dell KACE Backyard Boot Kamp Schedule Announced!

Dell KACE Backyard Boot Kamp – Classrooms in a city near you!

You saw it here first! We’re extremely pleased to announce the 2015 Backyard Boot Kamp schedule! We’ll be in multiple cities from March until October in North America.

Location Dates Registration Link
Santa Clara, CA March 2-6 https://www.regonline.com/KACESantaClara201503
Austin, TX March 16-20 https://www.regonline.com/KACEAustin201503
Herndon, VA April 20-24 https://www.regonline.com/KACEWashingtonDC201504
Toronto, ON May 4-8 https://www.regonline.com/KACEToronto201505
Vancouver, BC May 11-15 https://www.regonline.com/KACEVancouver201505
Chicago, IL May 18-21 https://www.regonline.com/KACEChicago201505
Austin, TX June 1-5 https://www.regonline.com/KACEAustin201506
Aliso Veijo, CA June 15-20 https://www.regonline.com/KACEAlisoViejo201506
Toronto, ON July 6-10 https://www.regonline.com/KACEToronto201507
Vancouver, BC July 13-17 https://www.regonline.com/KACEVancouver201507
New York, NY August 3-7 https://www.regonline.com/KACENewYork201508
Chicago, IL August 10-14 https://www.regonline.com/KACEChicago201508
Santa Clara, CA October 5-9 https://www.regonline.com/KACESantaClara201510
Austin, TX October 12-16 https://www.regonline.com/KACEAustin201510

We want you to learn all the latest tricks and tips for using your Dell KACE Appliance. That’s why we’re bringing our popular training directly to you. Register today for multiple days of instructor-led training that will refresh or enhance your skill set and empower you to save even more time and money with your Dell KACE Appliances.

Don’t miss the fun and educational event that will enable you to not only extract maximum benefit from your Dell KACE Appliance, but also gain advice for using Dell KACE in your environment — directly from the experts. You’ll also get to know your fellow users in the local Dell KACE community, and in many cases- attendees benefit from minimal travel expenses and time away from the office.

How are the classes structured?

  • Dell KACE Boot Kamp training includes 3 days of K1000 Systems Management Appliance training, and/or 1 day of K2000 Systems Deployment Appliance training . You’ll gain step-by-step guidance to help you with initial agent provisioning, software management, patch management, user roles, inventory, scripted installations, native imaging, and deep-dives into many other features and concepts.
  • Each classroom is limited to 15 attendees per instructor, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to interact, ask questions, discuss ideas, and more. Each instructor is a Dell KACE expert and they have more experience than you can imagine. Your classroom equipment will have virtual appliances just for you to explore and learn with- no shared equipment.
  • Each day begins at 9:00 am (earlier if all attendees are present), and we conclude around 4:00 pm. This might seem like a short day, but we pack a lot into the day! This also minimizes impact with attendees who commute.
  • Registration includes classroom and materials only. No meals will be provided. Drinks and light snacks will be available during the day. Meal times are scheduled longer than 1 hour to accommodate off-campus meals, however many locations offer on-site cafes. Travel and accommodations are not provided by, or arranged by Dell.


Should I attend?
We think so, but here’s some information that might help you decide. Boot Kamps are designed specifically for new users, or those desiring a skills refresh. They are not intended for advanced KACE users, nor should they be considered a replacement for JumpStart training that was purchased with your appliance. Boot Kamps are usually best attended by:

  • New team members that may not have attended JumpStart
  • Team members seeking overall product knowledge
  • Team members who haven’t used the appliance in some time
  • Team members that prefer to practice and learn in a non-production environment
  • Those preparing to implement new features of the appliances that were previously not in use.
  • Anyone seeking to gain new knowledge and experience with the K1000 and K2000 appliances.
  • Anyone wanting to sharpen their skills to gain the most from Dell World User Forum 2015

Seats are extremely limited for these events, so register now!

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Dec
5
2014

Quick and easy imaging for Macs and Windows PCs, servers and tablets with the Dell KACE K2000!

The newest release of the Dell KACE K2000 Deployment Appliance makes multi-platform deployment dramatically easier with multicasting for Apple Mac computers and a brand new user interface allowing organizations to quickly roll out large numbers of Macs along with Windows PCs. Customers also have the ability to remotely deploy Windows tablets over the network, in conjunction with the Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance. With its expanded deployment capabilities and new easy-to-use interface, release 3.7 of Dell KACE 2000 increases performance and reliability for multi-platform OS deployment and makes it available to organizations of all sizes.

Organizations can save a significant amount of time by leveraging the new features of the K2000:

  • Multicast imaging for MAC OS X with simultaneous deployment to large numbers of Macs
  • Automated deployment of images to Windows tablets over the network, in conjunction with the Dell KACE K1000
  • An intuitive new user interface that improves user experience and productivity and includes a customizable dashboard, new contextual help and user defined persistence

 To learn more about the K2000, click on the following links:

For additional information, contact us at (877) MGMT-DONE/(877) 646-8366 or email us at sales@kace.com.

Happy Imaging! :)

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Nov
13
2014

Note From the Editor…

It’s nice to reminisce. I was reading an article about why monitors aren’t black with green dots any longer; Spoiler- they say it’s because of eyes with astigmatism. Not sure I agree with that, since I have astigmatism in both eyes and actually prefer the dark background and light text. Regardless, the article got me thinking back to my first computer. An Apple IIGS “Woz Edition” came into our home somewhere around 1987, it was glorious. It had a mouse, TWO floppy drives, an RGB color monitor, and a color dot matrix printer. Yes- dot matrix dabbled in color too, folks! It had something called Apple Desktop Bus (ADB). It had no hard drive, but we didn’t need it- everything ran just fine in RAM loaded off of those handy floppies. Networks hadn’t really become a reality yet (AppleTalk doesn’t count in my opinion), but I installed a 2400 baud modem and got some BBS activities going, that is, until we got a rather hefty phone bill… It was a powerhouse and I was hooked.

Fast forward to 2014, and my home thermostat is more powerful than the entirety of that computer, but it laid the groundwork for so much. I look back and see ADB as the building block for USB- one of the most successful and ubiquitous standards ever. That RAM/disk idea? Yep- that’s in play today on every computer you use. Who even uses floppy disks anymore? You do! That USB stick that you keep in the drawer to quickly transfer files, print something, take something home, etc.- it’s a glorified floppy disk. Sure- it holds more than every Apple IIGS ever sold, combined, could have, but it’s portable storage. That color dot-matrix printer? Okay, that never really panned out- but think of the concept of dot matrix: a tightly grouped pattern of pins that fire at a certain color to produce an image. How do TV’s, Monitors, Phones, and nearly every other type of display work? Oh- the same way. The dial-up bulletin boards of the 70’s and 80’s set the tone for information sharing, collaboration, and the free exchange of tools. That’s the origin of the massively-game-changing-planetary-system that connects us, a.k.a. The Internet. The mouse remains largely unchanged, but the point and click concept was new in the 80′s- we’ve adapted it to work with touch, eye-tracking, gestures, and more.

I guess I was pretty cutting edge in 1987- being so far into the future that Emmett Brown couldn’t have predicted where we would be. I’m still waiting for my hover car. I think Maglev can still work out. Here’s to the future!

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Nov
12
2014

Dr. K’s Korner – Customer Q&A

Every month we take questions for Dr. K. and answer the best one in front of the world!

Have a question for Dr. K? Send an e-mail to kketeam@kace.com

Question:

Is it possible to meter the accumulative uptime of a computer? We need to see how long our PC’s are online for over a year to work out potential cost savings if we enforce machine shutdowns. We have tried this by metering the Kace Agent its self, but curious to know if there is a better way?

 


Answer
:

Excellent question! There’s always more than one way to accomplish something, and I like the approach you are taking, however it may not be necessary. Many years ago, we implemented a cumulative uptime monitor in K1000 for exactly this purpose, along with some useful scripts, and reports. In your reporting module you’ll find There is a great set of reports categorized as “Power Management” that will give you some excellent slices of your energy consumption and potential savings. You could easily duplicate and modify any of them to fit your needs. Keep in mind that not all operating systems report their uptime the same way, but it will get you most of the way to that magic number of usage that you need. Energy reporting is never an exact science. Another piece to this puzzle is the K1000 setting for “Retain Device Uptime Data”. You’ll find this in the General Settings control panel; By default it is configured for 6 months- adjust it to longer than your planned reporting interval for best results.

Hope that helps!

Thanks for the questions – keep them coming!
—Dr. K

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Nov
3
2014

K2000 Kloser Look: Dashboards and Reports

Did you know the K2000 provides useful dashboards and graphical reports that deliver quick insight into your key management metrics? Often overlooked, the dashboard and reports feature offers audit logs for manual and automated deployments (boot actions), multiple reporting tools, and system performance information that will keep you updated on imaging deployments, system patterns and trends; as well as how busy the K2000 is itself. Just check out some of the reports you can download under the Audit Log tab:

 

If you need to know how re-imaging patterns are trending over a 4-month period instead of a 12-month periods, or if a particular imaging deployment is taking longer than it should due to network issues, the dashboard and reports feature is what you need to use to configure your dashboard views and discover important information about your network. Check out the Logs, Reports, and System Performance tools in the Reports module on your K2000 for these features and much more!

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