Save time and money with the leading systems deployment appliance
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 while simplifying large scale systems deployments, multi-platform imaging, user state migration, and remote site management.
A recent EMA analysis showed that while KACE appliances equal or exceed the functionality of their competitors, when factoring in total infrastructure expenses, the KACE solution can cost significantly less than offerings from primary competitors.*
The KACE K2000 Deployment Appliance fulfills your software distribution needs with fast, efficient provisioning:
- Disk imaging — Save image creation and maintenance time by automating these steps in the deployment process.
- Image deployment — Improve provisioning consistency and reliability with a global, centralized deployment library that ensures that the correct image or setup is always deployed to the appropriate systems.
- Task automation engine — Reduce complexity and improve reliability with the K2000’s powerful automated deployment tools, including the task sequencing engine, the task scheduling engine and the feedback engine
- Multicasting — Improve the speed and reliability of large-scale deployments, freeing up network resources and bandwidth.
- Windows deployment and updates — Easily migrate files and settings and manage Windows updates. Conduct driver updates for all the machines you support with one click.
- Network OS install — Streamline the installation of operating systems across your network, perform systems deployment and maintain up-to-date gold master images across diverse hardware platforms.
- Remote site management — Deploy systems from a central location, eliminating unnecessary travel or the shipment of media and systems, and reduce the time and complexity associated with managing multiple remote sites.
- Administration — Streamline systems provisioning, systems recovery and deployment with an easy-to-use, web-based interface with built-in reporting and automated maintenance.
* Best Practices in Lifecycle Management: Comparing Suites from Dell, LANDesk, Microsoft, and Symantec: An ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES (“EMA”) White Paper. Prepared for Dell, revised February 2015.
Once logged in, a focused summary of all essential information is available on the K2000 home page. Also available here is a guided tour to bring any new users up to speed on the appliance.
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.
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
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 allows you to create an unattended installation of Windows, regardless of the hardware target. Drivers are automatically pulled from the K2000 driver library.
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
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.
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.
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
With K2000 user state migration, you can capture and deploy user-specific files and settings along with an operating system and applications.
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
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.