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
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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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Oct
31
2014

K1000 Kloser Look: Agentless Inventory

The K1000 Agentless technology, which was introduced with version 6.0 has limitless possibilities. Agentless is most commonly used for inventorying devices that we might not otherwise have an agent installed on. This might be a mission critical server that you want to keep safe from accidental updates, or it might be an operating system that an agent doesn’t exist for.

The new Agentless functionality enables K1000 appliance administrators to add these devices to the inventory and poll them periodically, keeping the inventory record updated and relevant. Here are great articles that will help you get started scanning these two common scenarios:

Windows- http://www.kace.com/support/resources/kb/solutiondetail?sol=133156

ESXi: http://www.kace.com/support/resources/kb/solutiondetail?sol=133054

The concepts and methods detailed in these articles can, of course, be used against other similar types of OSes. Think of what you have that’s not in your appliance- now you can have it inventoried if you want!

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