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November 13-14 at Les Jardin de Marais, Paris

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How to manage your imaging project with KACE this summer!

Several of you were not able to attend the inaugural meeting, so we are providing the link to the recording, as promised. Many thanks to Beth and Peter for their excellent presentation: “How to manage your imaging project with KACE this summer!” The detailed explanations of both the “how to’s” and the re-imaging results will be extremely valuable to many group members this summer and in the future. 

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Recording date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 1:02 pm
 Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
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Duration: 51 minutes

Re-imaging your systems with limited IT resources?  

Join our webcast where Beth Skrobanski and Peter Small from Albemarle County Public Schools will talk about how they are tackling this challenge with the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance (SDA).

They will share tips on how they are using the KACE SDA this summer to re-image up to 15,000 systems across 27 schools with a limited time window.

Learn how to use your KACE SDA to tailor your imaging needs to meet your SLA's in a timely manner without the drama!

Join us for a live webcast and discover how to:

• Streamline your Windows 10 migration
• Analyse your existing hardware and software
• Track your project and report on the status
• Migrate user data and configurations
• Save time and resources

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Import-StartLayout KACE SDA


Seen a lot of post's regarding Import-StartLayout and I thought I'd share how I got it working for KACE users and hopefully it will help you all out too.

You can do this a few ways, I find the best way is to Export to a Share and call it via KACE or Upload to KACE and call it from the Directory. 

  1. On a machine standardize your Start bar & Taskbar
  2. Open Powershell ISE as Admin and use the following command line

    Export-StartLayout.xml -Path \\PATH\Share\StartTaskLayout.xml

  3. Open & Edit the 'StartTaskLayout.xml' by copying the following to the very beginning of the XML.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

  4. Now add the following below '<\DefaultLayoutOverride>' this allows for Taskbar customisation

    <CustomTaskbarLayoutCollection PinListPlacement="Replace">

  5. You must now add in the applications you want to be pinned to the taskbar, these must be correct folder locations. ##See below for Word,Excel,Outlook,FileExplorer,Chrome & Snipping tool, taskbar layout.

    <taskbar:DesktopApp DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Word.lnk" />
        <taskbar:DesktopApp DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Excel.lnk" />
        <taskbar:DesktopApp DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Outlook.lnk" />
        <taskbar:DesktopApp DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Tools\File Explorer.lnk" />
        <taskbar:DesktopApp DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Google Chrome.lnk" />
        <taskbar:DesktopApp DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Snipping Tool.lnk" />

  6. Now add the end code below the above code.


  7. Save this file in your UNC path.

  8. In Powershell ISE (Admin) use the following and save it as 'ImportStartLayout.ps1' file.

    Import-StartLayout -LayoutPath "\\Path\Share\StartTaskLayout.xml" -MountPath -C:\

  9. You can now upload 'ImportStartLayout.ps1' to your KACE SDA as a Post Installation Task > Choose Action New > Powershell Script and you're good to go.


  10.  For anyone not wanting to call it from a NAS you can zip up the 'StartTaskLayout.Xml' along with a Powershell Script containing the following

    Import-StartLayout -LayoutPath "$PSScriptRoot\StartTaskLayout.xml" -MountPath -C:\

    ##$PSScriptRoot calls the current directory just like %dp0

  11. After all of that you should get something like this

One of my first blogs on here, so apologies if I've missed something, if you'd like more info drop me a message and I'll get back to you, hopefully this helps in standardising Windows 10.

Hopefully this helps.
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Windows 10 is coming!! Are you ready to migrate?


As the "End of Life" date for Windows 7 grows ever closer, are you ready to move from a tried and tested operating system to the brave new world of Windows 10?

Whether your environment is 20 or 2000 there is a level of consideration that must be given to understanding what you currently support, from an application and functional perspective. As knowing what you will need to keep your business running is key to surviving the migration.

You need an understanding of the impact that the perpetual development and release life cycle of Windows 10 will have on your approach to ongoing support, control of your standard image and strategy for updating and patching, to ensure that support costs do not escalate.

You will need to design a fresh build or set of builds that can be deployed efficiently and satisfies the ongoing requirements of your business, ensuring that downtime during the migration is minimised and data is protected.YnV1Ue.jpeg

Join us for an informative web session, hosted by Quest Software, to learn how KACE has the power to help you plan, design and implement a standardised Windows 10 environment.

We will show you how to gather valuable business information using the System Management Appliance and demonstrate how the System Deployment Appliance provides a flexible platform from which you can implement all that is powerful in Windows 10 and remove all the non corporate distractions. We will also talk through the shortcuts you can take with our help for key initiatives such as encryption, domain management and application deployment using the KACE platform

Click this link to register - 11th October 2018 @ 3pm GMT

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Visit us at Educause to learn how you can reduce the time spent on reimaging projects by 60%

Visit us at Educause to learn how you can reduce the time spent on reimaging projects by 60%

Aoife O'Driscoll | October 22, 2018

It’s time once again for Educause, which is taking place in October 31 – November 1, 2018, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver  Our team of experts will be there to talk through some of the endpoint management challenges you’re facing in the education sector. 

Join us in booth #131 to learn how only with Quest unified endpoint management (UEM) solutions can you see, move and protect your growing endpoint environment, so you can:

  • Gain visibility into your network with automated discovery and inventory 
  • Safeguard your network with up-to-date patching and vulnerability scanning
  • Streamline your move to Microsoft Windows 10, and simplify your summer reimaging projects with zero-touch OS deployment

Become an IT Ninja with KACE

Speaking of IT challenges. While you’re at Educause, don’t miss your chance to get acquainted with Nick the IT Ninja.  Find out how KACE can help you master the endpoint management challenges that many educational institutions struggle with, including:

Endpoint visibility – With Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Internet of Things (IoT), getting a line of sight into what endpoints are on your network from servers to Windows-based computers, Mac-based computers, Chromebooks, mobile devices and a wide array of connected, non-compute devices, is a challenge.

Endpoint security – For every device that connects to your network, there is likely someone out there trying to exploit that connection to access your institution’s data via malware, ransomware and other methods.

Summer reimaging projects – Aside from migrating to Windows 10, most schools need to reimage their endpoints every summer to get ready for new students arriving for the next school year, which is costing you valuable time and resources.

Check out the Nick the IT Ninja video to get a sneak preview on how you can become an IT Ninja with KACE.

 Come to the stand and take a pic with Nick to get your limited edition Nick the IT Ninja T-shirt. You can also get your hands on some bouncy balls and other cool Quest swag.  

Hands-on demonstrations

You will also have a chance to speak with KACE product experts and address any challenges that you are facing around endpoint management, as well as get an in-depth view of how KACE can help you address these issues and save you time.

Promotional Pricing

We understand that time, resource and budget is precious. To help with challenging budgets, we have a special pricing promotion to help you address endpoint challenges that’ll give you room to grow as your educational institution’s headcount increases, regardless of whether you need 5,000 or 15,000 licenses — the license cost remains the same.

Our KACE EDU special pricing includes the following products:

KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) automates complex administrative tasks, making it possible for you to inventory all hardware and software, patch mission-critical applications and OS, reduce the risk of breach, and assure software license compliance.

KACE Systems Deployment Appliance (SDA) makes it possible to quickly and easily automate large-scale system deployments while simplifying migrations of multiple operating systems.

Looking forward to seeing there!!!

To register for more information, or talk to a Quest sales representative, click on the link below :

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