The quest to get the KACE box working, got me to realize the features that it’s missing. In this article, I will be listing out some of the features that I would love to see implemented in the KBOX 1000.

KACE (KBOX 1000) Feature Requests

Smart Labels: allow adding fields in the GUI

The GUI for creating smart labels is clumsy at best.

KACE Smart Label GUI

 It is good for a couple of fields, but if a lot of query parameters are required, then you are forced to go into very intricate SQL syntax to edit additional fields. To add insult to injury, the REGEX function is very hard to get working correctly, which means, that the once could’ve been the saving grace of this limitation is now out the window.

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Smart Labels: Simplified Wild Cards

The Smart Labels are great, but they are currently either geared towards the complete noob, where you would use a drop down to select the field, and put in the exact value, or towards the complete expert, which would require the knowledge REGEX, or complex SQL queries.

What would be really nice to have, is something in between, where a simple wild card is leveraged in the GUI, so, in order to find all machine OSs that are a server OS, you could add: Server* , or *Server* , or Server 200?. And have an internal KACE function translate those wildcards into MySQL REGEX that the user doesn’t necessarily need to master in order to get a wild card statement.

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Smart Labels: Allow the preview of a smart label AFTER having saved it.

This is a really annoying problem with smart labels. When a smart label is in the process of being created, there is a button that says: “Test Smart Label”

Test Smart Labels
Test Smart Label

This screenshot is pretty much the last place you will see that button appear. After you’ve created that Smart Label, you cannot ever preview it again, and to make it worse, you can’t edit the Smart Label in the easy GUI way either. Which means, now you’re stuck either re-creating the Smart Label from scratch, or having to deal with messy SQL code, without having the chance to preview it, to figure out whether the change you made are giving the expected results.

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Smart Labels: Allow Modification of Smart Label in GUI

After a Smart Label is created, there is no way to re-edit it in the GUI. Unfortunately, the SQL code it is also very complex for the regular user, which means that everytime you would want to make a change to a smart label, you have to remember the GUI paremeters that you had initially entered, or go back into the SQL code, and reverse engineer it, to figure out what the GUI fields should be filled with.

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Smart Labels: Make REGEX Work!!

REGEX expressions are a beautiful thing, and would probably even allow me to overlook some of the other feature requests…. wait for it… IF they work as expected.

If you take a regular expression that you know works outside of KACE, and put it in the REGEX field, it simply won’t work. If there is a REGEX functionality in case, it needs to work with regular REGEX without any additional tweaking. Enough said!

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