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When creating Smart Labels in Kace, I can tell you from experience that I struggled with creating them, as you can see here:

Most of us probably did I then met Ron Colson who is a trainer with Dell Kace. I will be paraphrasing him in this post. I enjoyed quite alot what he had taught me and felt compeled to pass it along, here are a few examples and thoughts:

Ron's philosophies are pretty simple – for Machine Labels, think the purpose of the label is what you want in the name and the criteria in the notes field – for Patch Labels, however, he recommends adding the criteria in the name and any additional information (e.g. REGEX code) stored in the notes field – for Software Labels the vendor and app title in the name, but the label criteria in the notes field.  

 

Machine Label examples:

ML – HW – Laptops

ML – HW – Desktops

ML – HW – Servers – All

ML – HW – Servers – Physical

ML – HW – Servers – Virtual

ML – OS – MS – Win XP

ML – OS – MS – Win 7

ML – OS – Mac – OSX 10.6

ML – OS – Mac – OSX 10.7

ML – UPG – ADB – Reader X

ML – UPG – MS – Office 2010 PPß Note that this is an “upgrade” label, since it DOES look for a previous version

ML – UPG – MS – Office 2010 Std

ML – INST – APL – iTunes 10 ß Note that this one is an “install” label, since it DOES NOT look for a previous version

ML – LOC – MA – LEX – BLDG A – Floor 01 – IP Take Note that this is a location label, done using IP Address begins with (1st floor, building A, in Lexington, Massachusetts)

ML – LOC – MA – LEX – AD Take Note that this is a location label, done by LDAP grabbing machines in a specific Organizational Unit

 

 

 

Software Lable examples:

SL – ADB – Acrobat 9 Pro

SL – ADB – Acrobat 10 Std

SL – MS – Office 2010 PP

SL – MS – Office 2010 Std

 

Here is what my labels look like now following Ron's example.

 

 Ninja in Training - Matt