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Software Distribution

The KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) reduces the burden on your IT staff by automatically carrying out software distributions and software upgrades to Windows, Mac and Linux computers and servers across multiple locations. Available as a physical, virtual or hosted appliance, the KACE SMA easily integrates with Active Directory and/or LDAP to efficiently align software deployment with your organization’s structure and user schedules. It comes with many additional features that help you save resources and costs, such as targeting of deployments based on dynamic groups, remote site replication and wake-on LAN.
Software Distribution


Gain comprehensive deployment options

The KACE SMA includes software deployment tools to automate software distributions to Windows, Mac and Linux systems, as well as customize installations. Supported packages include: .MSI, .EXE, and .ZIP for Windows; .pkg, .app, .dmg, .zip, .tgz, and tar.gz. for Mac; .rpm, .zip; .bin, .tgz. and tar.gz for Linux. In addition, the KACE SMA is equally adept at uninstalling unapproved applications, helping you maintain a secure and compliant environment.

Minimize end-user disruptions

The KACE SMA provides flexibility for software deployments, including when deployments take place —ideally off-work hours — and which systems are targeted, helping you minimize any disruptions to user productivity. The KACE SMA’s snooze capabilities even allow users the option of deferring a software upgrade to a time that suits their work schedule, and pre- and post-installation messages keep them informed and engaged.

Employ remote replication for multiple worksites

The KACE SMA’s software deployment tools with remote-replication capabilities can significantly reduce the network impact of large software distributions in organizations with multiple locations. You simply designate a system in a remote location as the replication share. The KACE SMA data is sent once over your network to the replication share, and all other systems at that remote office then directly pull applications, patches and scripts from the designated remote replication share through the LAN instead of from the KACE SMA — without the need for dedicated hardware or personnel at the remote facility. The remote replication share is easy to set up and maintain, and dramatically reduces the cost and complexity of software distribution across a multi-site organization.

Integrate easily with ITNinja, an IT administrator forum managed by Quest, provides you with real-time application installation information — including command lines and application deployment best practices — significantly reducing the time required to customize a software distribution. Context specific information from ITNinja is integrated directly into the KACE SMA console to keep your software deployments running smoothly.

Get Dell™ client and server updates

The KACE SMA integrates with the Dell™ Updates Catalog so you can easily apply any update packages directly from your KACE SMA. Set different policies for different populations of machines, such as linking automated software upgrades to server maintenance windows. The KACE SMA also provides detailed summary data on the status of any Dell™ software upgrade, enabling you to quickly determine compliance status and remediate any systems where updates have failed.