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Managing Dell Servers with the Dell KACE K1000 and Dell Open Manage

Managing servers as part of a systems management solution presents unique challenges that need to be addressed differently from client systems. Dell offers a set of freely available tools, called OpenManage, to help manage servers purchased from Dell. These tools deliver remote access management, BIOS and system chassis management, and active hardware system monitoring via SNMP or IPMI. Integrating the OpenManage toolset with the Dell | KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliance provides a comprehensive end-to-end solution for managing Dell servers. This white paper discusses the issues and the capabilities of addressing those issues with the combined OpenManage and Dell KACE offerings.

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KACE Launches New Help Desk Module For Upgraded KBOX IT Management Applicance

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KACE LAUNCHES NEW HELP DESK MODULE FOR UPGRADED KBOX IT MANAGEMENT APPLIANCE

Automated support ticket management and enhanced Microsoft Security Bulletin patch installation process reduces IT staffing costs for mid-market organizations

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – January 30, 2006 - KACE™, the leader in IT management solutions for mid-market organizations, today announced the general availability of KBOX™ IT Management Suite 2.1. The new version of the automation appliance integrates with a new help desk module and improved patch management, software distribution and the new ability to manage automated installs of all patches in Microsoft Security Bulletins.

"Patch management is a critical part of a comprehensive security program for IT governance,” said Andrew Plato, President / Principal Consultant for Anitian, a nationally recognized leader in information security and network infrastructure solutions. “Manually applying patches consumes valuable time and lacks auditing and accountability capabilities. The ability of KBOX to automate and manage system patching saves time and helps IT departments maintain security compliance."

In a recent review of 33 IT asset and software management tools, industry-leading tools analyst Steven Russman reported in ECPWeb.com's Tools Manager report: “KBOX offers surprisingly robust software-reconciliation and knowledge-base functions for a mid-market product. The user interface is well designed, straightforward and easy to navigate. We give it high ratings for workflow management (e.g., job, policy, and script-scheduling wizards), event notification (i.e., creating custom alerts using a combination of conditions) and the ability to add custom data fields.”

“KACE’s new help desk module brings the end-users of Windows business desktops into the IT management process by helping IT staff identify technical problems in a manageable way,” said Rob Meinhardt, CEO of KACE. “The KBOX is designed to automate IT management and give IT managers more time to keep their networks secure and running smoothly.”

The KBOX IT Management Suite automatically manages, monitors, and controls the inventory, distribution, patch, security, compliance, messaging, licensing and performance demands of every node on the network.

New features in version 2.1 include:

New Help Desk module – Trouble ticket submission, tracking and management integrated with the KBOX knowledge base, hardware and software inventory, remote control, and customizable reporting;

Automation of Microsoft Security Bulletin updates - Automated creation of managed installs for individual patches and all patches in Microsoft Security Bulletins;

Additional Security and Configuration Wizards - New wizards enable IT managers to easily prevent programs from running, set and lift quarantine policies, deploy McAfee SuperDAT Updater and Symantec Norton AntiVirus, enforce remote desktop configuration, and MSI Installer wizard;

Automated Power-on for late night virus scans and patch updates - Wake-On-LAN support allows IT managers to schedule all your machines to power on at midnight for the important virus scan or software distribution;

Support for Multiple Remote Control Packages – Easy integration and customization for VNC, NetOps, XP Remote and Dameware;

User Self-Service Under IT Control – Users can install approved software, download approved files and run approved scripts without the need to have administrative privileges on their desktops;

New hardware design - 1U rack mount with cool silver faceplate; Dual Intel Xeon 3.0 GHz 2MB Cache with 800 MHz Bus; 2 GB Memory; 3x160GB SATA hard drives; Dual NIC cards.

Pricing for KBOX™ IT Automation Appliance 2.1 starts at $7,500 for a 100-node network. The KBOX™ Policy and Scripting Module, the KBOX™ Security Enforcement and Audit Module and the KBOX™ Help Desk Module are priced separately. For more information, please contact KACE at 888-522-3638 or via email to sales@kace.com.

About KBOX™ by KACE

The KBOX IT Management Suite is an inclusive secure appliance that instantly manages, monitors, and controls the inventory, distribution, patch, security, configuration, compliance, licensing and performance demands of every node on the network. KBOX automates routine and complex IT maintenance tasks, improves IT productivity and security, and robustly promotes network uptime in an extremely flexible, intelligent and unique approach.

About KACE™

KACE is a privately-held technology company that's Rethinking IT through its KBOX™ product line which delivers easy-to-use, comprehensive IT automation solutions that are affordable and really work. KACE is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about KACE and its product offerings, please visit www.kace.com or call 1-888-522-3638.

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New KBOX Appliances Bring Enterprise-Grade, Cross Platform IT Automation to Mid-Market

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New KBOX Appliances Bring Enterprise-Grade, Cross Platform IT Automation to Mid-Market

KBOX 1000 Series Offers Affordable, Easy to Use Linux, Windows and Mac IT Management

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – September 12, 2006 - KACE™, the leader in IT management solutions for mid-market organizations, today announced the new KBOX™ 1000 Series Systems Management Appliances, an easy-to-use, affordable line of turnkey IT Automation appliances that allow comprehensive management of laptops, desktops and servers and other network devices across several operating systems.

“Managing mixed environments has traditionally been difficult - but environments will only become more commonplace as many enterprises dip their toes in the Mac or Linux waters with the impending Microsoft® Windows Vista™ rollout,” said Andi Mann, senior analyst at Enterprise Management Associates. “The KBOX 1000 series will go a long way in making mixed environments an easily-managed reality for organizations in the mid market space.”

The KBOX™ 1000 Series is a significant upgrade to KACE’s flagship product launched in 2005, the KBOX™ IT Management Suite. The new KBOX 1000 Series expands its comprehensive management capabilities from Windows to Linux (Red Hat) and Mac OS X.

“We are excited to see KACE bring some of the robust functionality of the KBOX to mixed-environments that run a combination of Mac, Windows and Linux servers and desktops,” said Michelle Drolet, CEO Conqwest. “The KBOX 1000 Series is going to help our clients more cost-effectively manage all of their software and hardware.”

The KBOX™ 1000 Series is a secure, robust line of appliances that provides affordable, end-to-end systems management including: hardware and software inventory, software distribution, patch management, scripting and policy configuration, remote control, alerting, reporting and dashboards, security audit and enforcement, and a end-user self service portal. New features include:

- Flexible wizard-based reporting with 50+ pre-configured reports and dashboards

- Application metering to ease license compliance and harvesting

- Mac OS X and Linux Support:

· Detailed hardware and software inventory

· Remote installation and distribution of applications, updates, service packs and any digital asset

· Pre-configured remote control with support for most industry standard packages

· Alerting based on network and system events

· LDAP integration

The KBOX 1000 Series also includes an optional help desk module that provides trouble ticket submission, tracking and management. Out-of-the box integration with KBOXÂ’s comprehensive management capabilities, including the new Mac and Linux features, allows organizations to solve problems on all systems in real time-- not simply track them.

“The KBOX 1000 is a response to our customers and prospects with mixed Windows, Mac and Linux environments, who have found that tools such as Microsoft SMS cannot meet their needs.” said Marty Kacin, president and CTO of KACE. “The KBOX 1000 Series supports these mixed environments with a rich set of functionality that is affordable for organizations of all sizes.”

The 1000 Series is available in the following models:

· KBOX 1100 for managing 100-1000 systems

· KBOX 1200 for managing 1000 or more systems

Pricing for KBOX™ 1000 Systems Management Series Appliances starts at $9500 for 100 nodes.

The KBOX family also includes the KBOX 2000 Series Systems Deployment Appliances for OS and application provisioning of Windows and Linux desktops, laptops, and servers.

About KACE™

KACE, a privately-held technology company, is the leader in IT automation appliances. KACE is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about KACE and its product offerings, please visit www.kace.com or call 1-888-522-3638.

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Education Market Manages Networks with KACE

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KBOX Family of Appliances Helps Education Sector Ensure FERPA Compliance, Manage Mixed Network Environments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - November 29, 2006 - KACE, the leader in IT management solutions for mid-market organizations, today announced that its KBOX™ family of systems management and deployment appliances is gaining popularity in the education sector, where mixed-environment, location-independent networks are the norm and managing them is a daily challenge.

KBOX™ 1000 Series Systems Management Appliances and KBOX™ 2000 Systems Deployment Appliances allow budget-minded education organizations affordable enterprise-grade network management functionality, and they help ensure compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon, (PCC), one of the largest community colleges in the country, uses KBOX 1000 Series to manage more than 2,100 endpoints throughout its three main campuses and the many remote locations of its Extended Learning Campus.

“We’ve been using the KBOX 1000 for 6 months, and its robust security functionality has been the cornerstone of our Administrative Electronic Information Policy management,” said Michael Heuer, TSS Customer Support Manager, Portland Community College. “Its appliance-based software delivery architecture made deployment so simple it was almost plug-and-play, it works with our existing tools and apps, and its reporting abilities are helping us make smart equipment purchase and replacement decisions.”

A partial listing of KACE customers in the education sector includes:

•Academy School District 20 (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

•Edmonds Community College (Lynnwood, Washington)

•Holmesdale Technology College (Snodland, Kent, England)

•Rancho Santiago Community College District (Orange County, California)

•Teachers' Curriculum Institute (Palo Alto, California)

“With the KBOX 2000, we’re able to sidestep machine-to-machine provisioning hassles and view the deployment status of every end point in our network from the centralized console,” said Chris Carey, IT Manager, Bellarmine College Preparatory (San Jose, California). “The appliance was ready to use in a matter of days, packs a lot of functionality like remote systems repair and recovery, and still fits our budget.”

The KBOX™ 1000 Series offers comprehensive cross-platform management of networked machines running Windows®, Linux (Red Hat) and Mac OS X. The KBOX 1000 Series is a secure, robust line of appliances that provides affordable, end-to-end systems management, including: hardware and software inventory, software distribution, patch management, scripting and policy configuration, remote control, alerting, reporting and dashboards, security audit and enforcement, help desk and a end-user self service portal.

Pricing for KBOX™ 1000 Series Systems Management Appliances starts at $9500 for 100 managed nodes.

The KBOX™ 2000 Series is the only appliance-based solution to combine disk imaging, scripted installation and remote system recovery into a centralized, affordable and easy-to-use solution for automating the end-to-end systems provisioning of desktops, laptops and servers.

Pricing for KBOX™ 2000 Series Systems Deployment Appliances starts at $12,900 for 100 managed nodes.

About KACE

KACE™, a privately held technology company, is the leader in IT automation appliances. The KBOX™ 1000 family of systems management appliances delivers easy-to-use, comprehensive IT automation, is affordable and really works. The KBOX™ 2000 Series provides centralized systems provisioning and remote system recovery for mid-market organizations. KACE is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has offices in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about KACE and its product offerings, please visit http://www.kace.com or call 1-888-522-3638.

©KACE 2006. Note to editors: KACE and KBOX are trademarks or registered trademarks of KACE Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, brand names, or product names belong to their respective holders.

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KBOX Systems Management Appliances Updated With Solaris Support, New Security Policies and Easier Agent Deployment

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–December 4, 2006-KACE™, the leader in IT management solutions for mid-market organizations, today announced a number of upgrades to its KBOX™ 1000 Series Systems Management Appliances that will add more robust functionality and make it even easier to use. The KBOX 1000 Series is an easy-to-use, affordable line of turnkey IT automation appliances that provides comprehensive management of laptops, desktops, servers and other network devices, and now includes automated agent deployment, support for Solaris 9 and 10 (SPARC and x86), and new ready-to-deploy security policies.

Solaris support, Windows Vista on the horizon

KACE customers have asked for expanded support to give them a truly comprehensive way to view and manage their mixed-network environments, and the new KBOX upgrade is answering the call. KBOX 1000 Series already supports Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (Red Hat). With this latest release, its comprehensive mixed-network management capabilities, such as full software and hardware inventory, software distribution, alerts, and reporting are extended to Solaris.

With the Microsoft Vista release to enterprises this month, many companies are looking for ways to ease their planned adoption of the new operating system, while ensuring ongoing access to and continued support of their legacy platforms. KACE will be ready to smooth this transition for mid-market organizations with support for Vista through KBOX 1000 Series early first quarter.

Automated agent deployment

KACE has made the KBOX appliance-based software delivery platform even faster and easier to use through automated agent deployment. Agent-less network-scan technology allows KBOX 1000 appliances to regularly scan for new devices on the network and auto-push agents to those devices. Now, IT managers can get a more reliable view of their network and save time by automatically deploying KBOX agents to any newly discovered Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris systems.

New Security Policies

The KBOX 1000 Series already allows point-and-click script creation, flexible advanced scripting functionality, use of existing and 3rd party scripts, and an XML-based scripting language. Now it includes more than 20 pre-packaged scripts and policy wizards to make it even easier to provide comprehensive security and configuration policy enforcement, and to mitigate security vulnerabilities. New pre-packaged security policies include disabling or restricting USB drives and enforcing Microsoft Outlook security settings, as well as many others.

“With this update, KACE continues to make enterprise-class IT lifecycle management accessible to organizations of all sizes,” said Andi Mann, senior analyst at EMA. “The appliance-based architecture, automated agent deployment, and built-in policies make it simple to deploy. It has a comprehensive feature set and broad platform support, yet is still easy to use. And it is priced very competitively.”

“Our customers will really benefit from all of the new functionality in our KBOX 1000 Series appliances,” said Marty Kacin, president and CTO of KACE. “The upgrade is a positive response to our user community, who have been clamoring for more options to expand their IT automation strategy. The new KBOX 1000 Series appliances will be faster to deploy, will provide enhanced security policy management and will offer better, more affordable tools to manage mixed networks in the mid-market.”

The KBOX™ 1000 Series is a secure, robust line of appliances that provides affordable, end-point systems management including: hardware and software inventory, software distribution, patch management, scripting and policy configuration, remote control, alerting, reporting and dashboards, security audit and enforcement, and an end-user self service portal.

Pricing for KBOX™ 1000 Systems Management Series Appliances starts at $9500 for 100 nodes.

About KACE™

KACE™, a privately held technology company, is the leader in IT automation appliances. The KBOX™ family of appliances deliver easy-to-use, comprehensive IT automation that is affordable and really work. The KBOX™ 1000 Series Systems Management Appliances automate routine and complex IT maintenance tasks for end-point nodes on a network. The KBOX™ 2000 Series Systems Deployment Appliances provide centralized provisioning and remote system recovery.

KACE is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has offices in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about KACE and its product offerings, please visit http://www.kace.com or call 1-888-522-3638.

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