KACE K2000 Systems Deployment Appliance

Deployment appliance saves you time and money

Save your organization money and time using the leading systems deployment appliance, the Dell KACE K2000 Deployment Appliance. Now you can deliver fast, efficient, fully integrated and automated systems provisioning and software distribution, with all the systems deployment tools you need. Its appliance-based architecture lowers cost of ownership, and simplifies:

  • Inventory assessment
  • OS deployment
  • Application installation
  • User state migration
  • Recovery and configuration

Features

Get the systems deployment solution to fulfill your software distribution needs, with the Dell KACE K2000 Deployment Appliance. This systems deployment appliance gives you the systems deployment tools you need to ensure fast, efficient provisioning:

  • Simplify image creation and maintenance - Hardware independent imaging, K-imaging and fully integrated native imaging for Windows and Mac operating systems help reduce image management tasks and capture and storage costs.
  • Automate driver management - Automatically download the latest Windows® drivers by computer model, while the driver harvesting tool and hardware inventory make working with other drivers easy.
  • Utilize a centralized deployment library - Ease storing of deployment assets in one central, manageable, secure deployment library.
  • Streamline pre- and post-installation tasks - Automate all systems deployment tasks (e.g., RAID and BIOS configuration, application installation and your own scripts) with customizable pre- and post-deployment tasks.
  • Speed up deployments with multicasting - Send the same bits of deployment data simultaneously to multiple devices to greatly increase speed and reliability of large-scale deployments as well as reduce network bandwidth.
  • Improve reliability and efficiency of deployments with powerful task engine – Task engine controls the order of deployment tasks, handles reboots seamlessly and ensures that the K2000 server is updated in real time, enabling true “lights off” deployment.
  • Perform remote system repair and recovery - Repair and recover remote systems with native Windows and Mac tools—including native imaging tools.
  • Track deployments with full reporting - Ease systems deployment and appliance administration with integrated reporting.
  • Perform Windows user state migration - Centrally capture, store and deploy user-specific Windows settings and files, enforce compliance by excluding files by type and location, and enable single-step offline migration.
  • Enable remote site management - Deploy disk images, operating systems, drivers and applications at remote sites without dedicated on-site hardware or staff.
  • Fulfill inventory assessment - Scan, collect and assess detailed hardware inventories on targeted systems.
  • Provision deployment assets network-wide - Provision deployment assets over the network (even bare-metal machines, i.e., those without any operating system and software) with network boot architecture.
  • Expand image storage capabilities - Allow the K2000 to grow with your needs by adding Network File System Network Attached Storage.

Specifications

K2000 Series

HardwareK2100sK2200s
Storage1 TB1.8 TB
Processor(s)

One Intel Xeon, 1.8 GHz,
4 core CPU

Two Intel Xeon, 2.2 GHz,
6 core CPUs

Network Interface

Dual Gigabit Ethernet Ports

Dual Gigabit Ethernet Ports

Memory8 GB16 GB
Disk Drives

Two Hot Plug 1 TB,
7,200 RPM SATA Hard Drives

Four Hot Plug 600 GB,
10,000 RPM SAS Hard Drives

RAID Level1 5
Power Supply Unit

Single, auto ranging,
550W PSU

Redundant, hot plug, auto ranging,
550W PSUs

Appliance Form Factor1RU1RU
Rack Mount Kit

Sliding rails for 19", 4-post rack

Target System Requirements
Windows

• Windows 8.1 (Professional Enterprise)

• Windows 7

(Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate)

• Windows XP SP3

(Professional, Tablet PC Edition, Media Center Edition)

• Windows Server 2012 R2

(Foundation, Essentials, Standard*, Data Center*)

*Cannot be running in Server Core mode

• Windows Server 2008

 (Web Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, HPC Edition)

• Windows Server 2003

 (Web Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, Datacenter Edition, HPC Edition)

• PXE-enabled network interface)

• X86 system architecture

• Windows 64-Bit Support

  • Windows 8 (Professional Enterprise)
  • Windows 7
    (Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate)
  • Windows Vista
    (Business, Enterprise and Ultimate Edition support)
  • Windows XP SP3
    (Professional, Tablet PC Edition, Media Center Edition)
  • Windows Server 2012
    (Foundation, Essentials, Standard*, Data Center*)
    *Cannot be running in Server Core mode
  • Windows Server 2008
    (Web Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, HPC Edition)
  • Windows Server 2003
    (Web Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, Datacenter Edition, HPC Edition)
  • Windows 2000
    (Professional, Server, Advanced Server, Datacenter Edition)
  • PXE-enabled network interface)
  • X86 system architecture
  • Windows 64 Bit Support
  • Windows PE 3.0†
  • User State Migration Tool 3.02†
  • User State Migration Tool 4.0†
Mac

•Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.9

Virtual Remote Site Appliance Requirements

  • VMware ESX/ESXi4 or higher, VMware Server or VMware Workstation; 2G RAM, 200G Disk, 2 GHz processor, Open Virtualization Format (OVF) 1.0
  • Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.8
•Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.9
Virtual Remote Site Appliance Requirements
Virtual Remote Site Appliance Requirements
Web Administration Interface Requirements
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9+/Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox 3+/Safari 3+

NOTE: Exact hardware specifications will vary based on availability, and can change without notice.

Virtual K2000 (VK2000)

Virtual Machine Requirements
 VK2000
VCPUs2 VCPUs (4000 Mhz or More Reserved/Shares = High)
Memory2 GB (512 MB or More Reserved/Shares = High)
Network1 Ethernet Port
Server and Operating System64-Bit
Target System Requirements
Windows

• Windows 8.1 (Professional Enterprise)

• Windows 7

 (Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate)

• Windows XP SP3

(Professional, Tablet PC Edition, Media Center Edition)

• Windows Server 2012 R2

(Foundation, Essentials, Standard*, Data Center*)

*Cannot be running in Server Core mode

• Windows Server 2008

 (Web Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, HPC Edition)

• Windows Server 2003

 (Web Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, Datacenter Edition, HPC Edition)

• PXE-enabled network interface)

• X86 system architecture

• Windows 64 Bit Support

  • Windows 7
    (Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate, x86 and x64 architectures)
  • Windows Vista
    (Business, Enterprise and Ultimate Edition support)
  • Windows XP
    (Professional, Tablet PC Edition, Media Center Edition)
  • Windows Server 2008
    (Web Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, Datacenter Edition, HPC Edition)
  • Windows Server 2003
    (Web Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, Datacenter Edition)
  • Windows 2000
    (Professional, Server, Advanced Server, Datacenter Edition)
  • PXE-enabled network interface)
  • X86 system architecture
  • Windows 64 Bit Support
  • Windows PE 3.0†
Mac

• Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.9

Web Administration Interface Requirements

• Microsoft Internet Explorer 9+/Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox 3+/Safari 3+

Virtualization Infrastructure Requirements

  • VMware ESX/ESXi 4 or higher
  • Open Virtualization Format (OVF) 1.0
  • Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.7
    PowerPC and x86 architectures
Web Administration Interface Requirements
Virtualization Infrastructure Requirements
Virtualization Infrastructure Requirements
VirtualizationRemote Site Appliance Requirements
  • VMware ESX/ESXi4 or higher, VMware Server or VMware Workstation; 2G RAM, 200G Disk, 2 GHz processor, Open Virtualization Format (OVF) 1.0
  • 2GB RAM, 200GB Disk, 2GHz processor 
  • Open Virtualization Format (OVF) 1.0

NOTE: Exact hardware specifications will vary based on availability, and can change without notice.

Dell and KACE are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. SUSE is a registered trademark of Novell, Inc. Ubuntu is a registered trademark of Canonical Ltd.

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Centralized Storage of OS Media

Centralized Storage of OS Media

Import all of your operating system source CDs once to the K2000, and they can then be accessed anytime from any network workstation to automate the gold master creation process. The K2000 desktop source CD uploader facilitates the CD upload process.

System Imaging

System Imaging

The K2000 uses a flexible file-based image format called K-imaging. K-imaging eliminates redundant file transfers, saving time in the capture, storage and deployment of images. Adding a 30 GB image that has only 1GB of data that differs from the current image library will only require 1GB of storage versus 30GB. System imaging also leverages the same drag-and-drop pre- and post-installation tasks that scripted installations use.

Hardware Independent Provisioning

Hardware Independent Provisioning

A single network OS installation can be used to provision multiple hardware configurations. The K2000 queries its driver library and automatically includes the correct drivers for each setup. Users can also easily add drivers to the K2000 library. Driver verification reporting helps ensure all required drivers are present in the deployment library and that every network OS installation deployment is successful.

Scripted Installation

Scripted Installation

Scripted installation allows you to create an unattended installation of Windows, regardless of the hardware target. Drivers are automatically pulled from the K2000 driver library.

Automated Deployment

Automated Deployment

K2000 boot actions allow scripted installations to be deployed automatically the next time a target machine boots. Systems can be remotely booted using integrated Wake-on-LAN functionality.

Pre- and Post-Installation Tasks

Pre- and Post-Installation Tasks

The K2000 automates the execution of pre- and post-installation tasks through an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface. You can use the example tasks or create your own. These can range from partitioning a drive to installing your office applications.

Multicast Deployment

Boot Action Deatil

Multicasting greatly increase speed and reliability of large scale deployments and reduce network bandwidth by sending the same ‘bits’ of deployment data simultaneously to multiple devices . K2000 extends the power of multicasting by enabling two-way communication between target devices and the server, allowing for status updates and rebroadcast requests. You will no longer have to guess on a deployment’s progress; the K2000 web console provides all the information in real time.

Task Engine

Task Execution

The K2000’s powerful task engine controls the order of a deployment’s tasks, greatly enhancing the reliability and efficiency of traditional multicasting. The task engine makes sure deployments go smoothly, reboots are handled gracefully, and ensures that the K2000 server is updated in real-time with the status of a target device’s deployment. This enables true ‘lights off’ deployment.

User State Migration

User State Migration

With K2000 user state migration, you can capture and deploy user-specific files and settings along with an operating system and applications.

Recovery

Recovery

The K2000 Pre-Boot Environment (KPE) allows any machine on your network to boot to the K2000 instead of its hard drive. This allows administrator access to the K2000 recovery menu on any computer, even if it will not boot from its local hard disk.

Remote Site Management

Remote Site Management

The K2000 Appliance will be your central storage repository, while allowing you to spin up virtual remote site appliances to increase performance at remote sites. Deployment assets are cached at remote locations with smart synchronization, along with bandwidth and timing controls, to minimize the strain on the headquarters network.