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Upgrading machines from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10 using the KSMA/K1000

KACE published this article Windows 10 Build Upgrade Deployment Walkthrough (255380). That article is only supported by them if you are upgrading from ie Windows 10 1703 to 1809, but is not supported for upgrade from either Windows 7 or Windows 8.


The reason behind that is due to possible driver incompatibility.  If a driver is not fully compatible with Windows 10 the upgrade will fail providing a warning.


Here is the command line to go around that:

setup.exe /auto upgrade /quiet /showoobe /quiet /compact ignorewarning


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How to get Digitally Signed emails to work with the KSMA?

As off now (version 9.0) the KACE appliance doesn't support Digitally Signed emails, it will just ignore them. The only way to get this to work, is to setup your email server to not use encryption when forwarding emails to the KACE appliance.
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How to do provisioning with the KSMA in Windows | 2018 guide

In this article I will list all things you need to modify in your machines in order to get the KSMA to do provisioning on Windows

* Be sure that you can access the K1/SMA Samba 
    * If you can't open the samba, check if SMBv1 is enable, and if it isn't, enable it and follow this other ITNinja enablesmb1
* Turn off your firewall (for both Win7 and Win10)
* Allow netlogon in your firewall
* Disable UAC, or set it to never notify
* In your Local GPOs, set to "Disabled" the User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account (see image for detailed location)
* Use a Local admin account ALWAYS
* Disable any antivirus in your machine, if using Defender in Windows 10 disable the Real-Time protection every time you reboot the machine

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If after doing all of this you keep getting NT_STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED, do this to FULLY disable UAC.



With all those settings I was able to fully provision even a Windows 10 1803 machine.
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Configuring the iDRAC in KACE appliances based in a Dell Power Edge R420/R430 from the front panel

In some situation support might request you to setup the iDRAC to be able to assist you from the terminal, or just to see the current status of the appliance. As it is NEVER recommended to force the reboot in any KACE appliance doing the regular (BIOS way) iDRAC setup is not really a good way to do it. Here I am going to provide you the instructions on how to setup the iDRAC using the front panel of your physical appliance without performing a reboot.

Configuring the iDRAC with a static IP address

To assign a static IP address to the iDRAC

  1. Press ✓ to enter the menu system.

  2. Press > to highlight Setup and then press .

  3. With iDRAC highlighted, press ✓ .

  4. Press > to highlight StaticIP and press ✓ .

    The front panel displays a default IP address. You need to change only the numbers that differ from the static IP address you want to assign.

  5. Press until you have highlighted a number that you want to change, and then press ✓ to select it.

  6. Press to increase the value or < to decrease the value. When the correct number is displayed, press ✓ .

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for each additional number you need to change.

  8. When the static IP address is correct, press until » is highlighted, and then press ✓ .

  9. The display shows the default subnet mask (Sub). Use the instructions in steps 5 and 6 to modify values as needed.

  10. Press until » is highlighted, and then press ✓ .

  11. The display shows the default gateway IP address (Gtw). Use the instructions in steps 5 and 6 to modify values as needed.

  12. Press until » is highlighted, and then press ✓ .

  13. The display asks if you want to set up DNS. This is recommended; setting up DNS lets you program network resources on the iDRAC based on DNS names, rather than requiring you to enter IP addresses.

    To set up DNS, highlight Yes and press ✓ . Go to Step 14.

    If you do not want to set up DNS, highlight No and press ✓ . Then highlight Save and press ✓ . Configuration is complete.

  14. The iDRAC displays the default address of the primary DNS server (D1). Use the instructions in steps 5 and 6 to modify values as needed.

  15. The iDRAC then displays the default address for an alternate DNS server (D2). An alternate server is optional, but provides redundancy in case the primary DNS server fails. Use the instructions in steps 5 and 6 to modify values as needed. If you do not want to configure an alternate server, set all values to zeros.

  16. When prompted to Save, highlight Yes and press .

    Note:

    Settings are not applied until you press Yes to save. If you walk away from the appliance before you save the settings, the display eventually times out and all unsaved configuration changes are lost.


After this steps are done, just allow a minute or two and you should be able to access the iDRAC GUI.
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Example Patch label for updating Windows OS

When deploying Windows patches, it is always better to deploy OS patches apart from Application patches. Here is a good example of an smart label just to gather all the OS patches from an specific Windows OS.


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