Basic Software Distribution Example

I've had a lot of positive feedback on my example of how I do a managed software distribution, so I thought I would share my instructions.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

KACE Software Distribution

First Step is to creating a Software Distribution package is to gather up all the installation files required and zip them up into a since zip file.  Be careful the files are at the root of the zip and not in a folder at the root of the zip file (This could cause failures).

Save the zipped file to a location accessible when uploading to the KACE web interface.

Now, log into your KACE environment and pull up a current inventoried PC that already has that software installed.  Expand the Installed Programs field under Device Inventory.  Find the software and click on the hyperlink for it.  Please note that this must be the exact same version of the zipped package.

Under the Manage Operating Systems, ensure all OS versions you plan to distribute this to are selected (Note that with version 8 release of KACE, you can select entire OS Versions instead of individual versions as an option.)

Click on the Browse button, browse to and select the zipped file you have saved.

After selecting the file, change the Category and Threat Level as needed.  Click Save button when finished.

Navigate to Home>Label Management, then click Labels

Under Labels, click Choose Action and select New Manual Label.

Complete Name, Description and selections for Restrict Label Usage To.  Click Save when finished. Note: I start Software Installation Labels with SIL (Software Installation Label) for Best Practices

Navigate to Distribution>Managed Installations.  Under File, click New.

Configure Name, Execution; choose the software from the drop down options (Choose the one you uploaded earlier)

Note that with Version 8 you can choose Cataloged Software or Software from the Software list.  Your uploaded zip file will be associated under Software.

Now choose the installation commands.  Most often you will choose Override Default Installation to include switches such as silent installation.

Under Deploy, click Manage Associated Labels and select the label you created for this distribution and apply it.

Configure Notifications to give the user warnings and completion messages.

Configure Schedules as needed (What times it is permitted to install and how many attempts until it reports failed, etc.)  Click Save when complete.

Now, to have software install apply to devices, you will need to Apply the new Label to any device you wish to install it on.  After the device inventories next, it will install per configured settings.

NOTE: If device has a local KACE Repository, this may not work until the repository has obtained a local copy of this distrubtion (sometimes up to 24 hours)



  • Thanks Dave this is really great. - quickwhips 3 years ago
  • Thanks. I just created the latest Adobe Reader based on this install. Now I'm trying to figure how to group all installs together for complete automation. - caffeinator 2 years ago
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