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System Imaging and Software Deployment

Simplify Windows, Linux and Mac disk imaging and image deployment. Eliminate manual processes for building and maintaining gold master images for multi-platform OS imaging and deployments, saving you time for more strategic IT projects.

Make automated image deployment, storage and management easier with access to a centralized deployment library — the repository of all system and software deployment assets, such as images, scripted installations, drivers, applications and scripts. Enhance provisioning consistency and reliability by ensuring the correct image or setup is always deployed to the appropriate system. All images are captured and stored to give you an accurate, comprehensive view.

System Imaging and Deployment

How it works:

​Centralized, unattended image deployment

Reduce the time and effort required for deployment and eliminate the need for boot and image disks — even for bare-metal build-outs — by provisioning stored images over the network from the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance’s centralized library. Remotely deploy assembled packages to any network-connected system from the web-based administrative console or locally from a boot menu generated by the KACE SDA.

K-Image format

Easily edit computer and server images, eliminating the need to rebuild images. Single-instancing technology minimizes the time, bandwidth and storage required to capture and archive disk images, while efficient state management allows for lightning-fast system imaging by bypassing redundant file transfers and applying only the most recent updates to the original image. Execute fully automated bare-metal system build-outs with the KACE SDA’s agentless feature.

Improved deployment reliability

Reference all images, network OS installations and related assets from the centralized image deployment library. This improves deployment reliability and saves you valuable time by ensuring that you don’t inadvertently deploy an outdated disk image or script installations to systems.

Bootable Media support

Easily boot remote systems locally to the KACE boot environment (KBE) on a USB drive or from a CD/DVD. This feature allows you to connect to the centralized KACE SDA or KACE SDA Remote Site Appliance to gain access to the full deployment library, and then execute any defined image deployment tasks on the target system. This convenient option can also be implemented when a KACE SDA is not accessible or when it's impractical to deploy the KACE SDA Remote Site Appliance. Include a K-image along with the KBE on the bootable media for a fully stand-alone installation when a reliable internet connection is not available.

Automated deployment configuration

Reduce IT effort and improve accuracy with complete remote configuration for pre- and post–deployment tasks that automate the complete image deployment lifecycle. Create your own pre- and post-installation tasks, or take advantage of convenient built-in tasks for easy image deployment automation.

Hardware-independent software deployment/system imaging

Save time and simplify the installation of operating systems across your network by easily provisioning your PC fleet with the KACE SDA. Install software remotely and maintain up-to-date gold master images across diverse hardware platforms. Use existing images to provision one-off machines to serve specialized functions. The KACE SDA’s network OS-scripted installation capabilities enable hardware-independent PC provisioning of systems by deploying a standard Windows setup from scratch over the network.

Windows driver library

Quickly find the correct drivers for all your hardware and operating systems. The driver detection process verifies driver compatibility with designated operating system installations. Easily add and remove driver files to the driver library. Quickly upload all drivers for any known valid system on your network to the KACE SDA.

Driver updates

The KACE SDA disk imaging and image deployment capabilities provides the tools to import drivers for common hardware manufacturers directly and to capture other vendors' drivers, which minimizes the need to hunt for drivers on the internet while ensuring that the appropriate drivers are available for all your OS deployments. The KACE SDA driver feed functionality will download and organize drivers by computer model.

Automated driver slipstreaming

Simplify image deployments and scripted installations by automatically including the correct drivers. Prior to deployment, quickly verify whether all required drivers reside in the vast, prebuilt KACE SDA driver library, and easily add any missing drivers to the library to automatically include them in deployments. Increase system reliability and ease of deployment with driver verification reporting and automated slipstream updates of drivers.