The KACE SMA includes software deployment tools to automate software distributions to Windows, Mac and Linux systems, as well as customize installations. Supported packages include: .MSI, .EXE, and .ZIP for Windows; .pkg, .app, .dmg, .zip, .tgz, and tar.gz. for Mac; .rpm, .zip; .bin, .tgz. and tar.gz for Linux. In addition, the KACE SMA is equally adept at uninstalling unapproved applications, helping you maintain a secure and compliant environment.
The KACE SMA provides flexibility for software deployments, including when deployments take place —ideally off-work hours — and which systems are targeted, helping you minimize any disruptions to user productivity. The KACE SMA’s snooze capabilities even allow users the option of deferring a software upgrade to a time that suits their work schedule, and pre- and post-installation messages keep them informed and engaged.
The KACE SMA’s software deployment tools with remote-replication capabilities can significantly reduce the network impact of large software distributions in organizations with multiple locations. You simply designate a system in a remote location as the replication share. The KACE SMA data is sent once over your network to the replication share, and all other systems at that remote office then directly pull applications, patches and scripts from the designated remote replication share through the LAN instead of from the KACE SMA — without the need for dedicated hardware or personnel at the remote facility. The remote replication share is easy to set up and maintain, and dramatically reduces the cost and complexity of software distribution across a multi-site organization.
ITNinja.com, an IT administrator forum managed by Quest, provides you with real-time application installation information — including command lines and application deployment best practices — significantly reducing the time required to customize a software distribution. Context specific information from ITNinja is integrated directly into the KACE SMA console to keep your software deployments running smoothly.
The KACE SMA integrates with the Dell™ Updates Catalog so you can easily apply any update packages directly from your KACE SMA. Set different policies for different populations of machines, such as linking automated software upgrades to server maintenance windows. The KACE SMA also provides detailed summary data on the status of any Dell™ software upgrade, enabling you to quickly determine compliance status and remediate any systems where updates have failed.