Systems Management

First impressions of a Kace K-Box 1000

Posted on January 2, 2010. Filed under: Systems Management |

If you have hundreds or thousands of computers to manage, you definitely need a system to manage them beyond Active Directory. I recently installed a Kace K-Box 1000 virtual appliance on VM-Ware ESXi.

If you aren’t familiar with the K-Box, a picture is worth a thousand words.

KACE K-BOX System

The hardware requirements were pretty high:

Virtual Machine Requirements
V-KBOX 1000
VCPUs 4 VCPUs (6000 Mhz or More Reserved/Shares = High)
Memory 4 GB (1024 MB or More Reserved/Shares = High)
Network 1 Ethernet Port
Available Disk 250 GB
Server and Operating System 64-Bit

Installation was a breeze. I simply downloaded the virtual machine from kace.com and imported it into ESXi. Configuration was very simple and was finished in less than an hour.

At this time, the only things I have done with the K-Box is deploy the agent and inventory installed software. Everything has worked flawlessly, and could have only been easier if it could have read my thoughts and configured itself. I will post more about my experiences with the K-Box as I work more with it. I will also be getting a K-Box 2000 as well as we move through our Windows 7 rollout.

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