K2000 Kloser Look: Pre-Installation Task Only Deployment Task Engine

We get asked from time to time how to deliver a deployment that only includes Pre-installation tasks. Perhaps you want to format devices before sending them out for donation/recycling or you want to perform an Offline User State migration without deploying an OS onto the device. Whatever the reason, this can be accomplished in a few quick steps!

  1. First, create a folder on your desktop and name it No Source Media. Within this folder, create a new text document and also name it “No Source Media”.
  2. Next, open up your K2000 Media Manager and enter your Hostname and Samba Share Password. For a name, enter “No Source Media”, select Windows x86 (or x64 if you plan to run 64-bit specific tasks) and browse to the folder you created on your Desktop. This will upload “blank” Source Media to be used with a Scripted Installation.
  3. Now you will need to create a new Scripted Installation, name it appropriately (Wipe Drives – No Source Media, for example) and choose the new No Source Media as your OS media and use the No Answer File option.
  4. You will now have the option to add Tasks to your deployment. Select only Pre-Installation Tasks and click Next and Finish to save your new deployment.

When you boot to your KBE, this “deployment” will be available to execute tasks you have associated. When the deployment reaches the OS installation portion of the deployment, it will fail and you will want to shutdown or restart the computer using the options provided.

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K1000 Kloser Look: Metering 101

The K1000 metering tool received a major upgrade in 5.5 with the addition of the new Software Catalog. The catalog allows you to more precisely meter suite application than ever before. This is a simple 3 step process to begin metering your applications to see long term usage data to help you save money come license renewal time. In 6.0 that same catalog improved application control also, but we’ll talk about that another time.

To meter applications- The first thing you need to do is determine the software applications you need to meter. This sounds easy, and it is, but you still need to spend a few minutes to think this through. Metering office can allow you to downgrade people from “Office Pro Plus” to “Pro” or “Standard” saving you money. While many employees will need Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint they may not need some of the more powerful tools such as InfoPath or Access.
The K1000 metering tool allows you to view the usage of these items on per application and/or per suite, from a per machine basis. Once you’ve determined your applications simply browse to Inventory à Software Catalog à search and click on the desired software title. From the catalog detail page for the application, simply check the box “Metered” in the top left corner of the display window. This will meter application usage for all labels where metering is enabled. A Device label can be configured for metering in the Label Management screen, or at the time of creation.

After you’ve performed these tasks it is simply a waiting game to see who uses these applications and how often. This can be gathered from a report or by way of individually viewing the software catalog for the metered item. Remember give more than a few days, and weeks really, for quality usage data to be collected.

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SC Magazine awards Dell KACE K1000 v6.0 five stars!

We don’t like to talk about ourselves, but we love it when others do! SC Magazine recently evaluated the K1000 v6.0 against a group of other products as an endpoint security solution. The K1000 v6.0 received a five out five stars in every category: features, ease of use, performance, documentation, support, and value for money. In addition, it won an overall 5 out of 5 stars and the designation of “Best Buy”.  Read more about the SC endpoint security group evaluation, and the product review for the

SC Magazine review highlights:

The KACE K1000 presents a well-designed product with a highly intuitive dashboard that made navigating the functions a snap.
Strengths: Excellent dashboard and ease of use.
Verdict: A good product at a good price. Our selection for Best Buy.

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Dell World User Forum…

Every year it seems like it’s so far away, and every year it’s right around the korner. Maybe you know the event as KACE Konference, or maybe you know it as Software User Forum- but no matter what it’s called, it is certain to be one of the most fun, informative, and exhilarating events that you can attend each year. I know how hard the team works to bring you the best content and classes; I have been to every Konference/Forum as either an attendee, instructor, of event leader. As I reflect on the last 3 years of Dell World User Forum I’m excited to tell you that this year will be no less engaging, informative, and important for your own personal growth.

The presenters are building some of the best materials ever, and the product teams are going to be giving you tons of attendee-only information that shouldn’t be missed. Words can’t express how excited we all are. This year you can expect to see other parts of Dell in both the User Form and the main Dell World tracks. Whether you’re only using Dell KACE, or every product Dell has to offer, there’s something for you at this event. Now that you’ve heard it directly from me, I expect to see everyone reading this at the event!

Want to know more? Hear directly from the team, including me, in this KKE recording from September 11th: Sneak Peek at Dell World User Forum 2014

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News You Can Use

With so many events, vacations, holidays, and everything else that summer brings- we thought you might appreciate a rundown of some recent training and support materials that are probably pretty useful for everyone.

Appliance Notifications:

Recent Kontinuing Education Recordings:

Recently Update Knowledge Base Articles:

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