For situations where you need to image an unmanaged machine with no previously deployed KID services the CD boot provides a interactive boot menu by booting from a CD. The CD boot menu allows you to connect to your VSA server and a repository to collect settings and an Image to be deployed, allowing complete control of the imaging process.
Sometimes on small or remote sites connected with a WAN the use of multicast technology is not available so the unicast feature allows you automate deployment of images to to multiple machines without using multicast.
Repositories on VM’s
The KID repository service is a native Windows software installation, which allows the repository to exist on a virtual machine, simplifying usage in data centers and on sites where dedicated hardware is not available.
- Streamline the deployment of operating systems to bare metal machines
- Manage computer lab environments with scheduled machine refreshes to return the lab machines back to a known state.
- Onboard and setup new machines by simply plugging them into the network.
- rovide more reliable and consistent environments by standardising images
Multi Lan support
Complex or large corporate environments can often be a challenge for many Imaging tools that require an image repository or server on each subnet. KID allows you to place one repository within a physical network and use that to provide images to machines across multiple LANs such as VLAN’s, greatly simplifying setup and saving capital investment in infrastructure.
For environments where different departments want to manage and deploy their own images, but may still be on the same subnet, KID 1.1 allows multiple deployment repositories on the same physical network subnet.
This can also be useful for labs used by the IT department for building and testing images that are on the core network or in classroom situations in education situations.
Linux Backup and Restore
KID can take a complete snapshot of a Linux machine and store it on the local repository so that it can be restored any time giving a quick and effective method of providing testing for Linux systems or providing a quick recovery method.
Flexible Boot Methods
Many different scenarios can arise that call for a new image to be deployed and to ensure you have a process that fits every need KID offers a multitude of boot methods to deploy remotely and automatically at boot time through PXE network boot, remotely via Kaseya software preinstalled on target machines or manually via an ISO image or CD.
The PXE boot option seamlessly integrates with your existing DHCP to locate machines booting on your network and only re-image those machines you have selected as targets. These devices will be automatically sent the Kaseya Image Deployment boot strap and install the predefined image remotely and unattended.
This provides remote deployment of an image to a machine even if PXE boot is not set or supported. By using existing KID services already deployed to the managed machine Kaseya can download the new image directly to the machine hard disc and automatically boot into re-imaging mode to carry out the process remotely and unattended.