KACE Product Support Question

How to automate with KACE?

02/17/2015 2430 views
Hello ladies and gents,

While I'm certain this is posted somewhere on this site, I cannot find it which leads me to believe I am not phrasing it right or might be mildly incompetent  :D.

I am new to KACE coming into the environment with very little in the way of understanding and usage.  The issue is that I am implementing a maintenance window on all windows PCs and while I can do all this through WSUS and GPO, I am told to use KACE instead.  Basically what I need to happen is have KACE push selected Windows 7 updates to all PCs, reboot all once weekly, also to run a defrag once monthly, and have it all happen in such a way as to not overtax the server while also not impacting productivity.  I'll be setting it to run over the weekend but we do have employees who will remote in from home to work on contracts and I would really prefer to find a way to limit the chances of data loss due to a reboot after updating.

So with this minor world of problems I also need to figure out how to generate a weekly report that shows me which PCs were updated, rebooted, successfully defragged, or postponed due to usage at the time of maintenance window.  I know KACE is capable of this but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to do everything I need it to.  Any help at all is appreciated.

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Pushing updates is done with patching schedules, see the admin guide section titled "Patching and Security Guide" (you can navigate there from the admin UI by selecting Security, then the ? mark in the upper right corner).

Running a disk defrag monthly could be done via the scripting engine. I personally have not defragmented a hard drive in close to ten years but if you feel it is necessary I'm sure there is a way to do it. Unless the tool in Windows includes reporting then I'm not sure how you could determine if the user cancelled the running process.

If you haven't checked out the KACE Kontinuing Education videos you should consider them:

Answered 02/18/2015 by: chucksteel
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  • Thanks for the info Chuck, I'll check those out and if I have any questions I'll ask after watching those. I did not know that the KKE existed so....yeah thanks again!

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