Whenever you upgrade the server, it is a best practice to upgrade the agents to the version indicated by the release notes as soon as possible in order to obtain the best results from your K1000. You can automatically upgrade agents from the previous version to the current version using the automatic update feature described in this article.
When K1000 Appliance has a higher version number than the agent, for example, 5.3.x agent checking into a 5.4.x server, you may experience performance issues, and features and functionality may stop working.
K1000 Appliance Release Notes indicate the version of the agent that is compatible with the version of the server you are using. In general, the server is compatible with agents that have the same major and minor version only, for example K1000 Appliance v5.4.x requires Agent version 5.4.x. Using agents with a higher version number than the server is not supported.
The ability to upgrade agents automatically is built into your K1000 Appliance. As of appliance version 5.4 the K1000 Agent bundle is downloaded along with your server upgrade to your K1000 appliance. In previous versions, you manually download the agent upgrade bundle and upload it to the server. To get agent bundles for 5.4 and up, go to https://support.software.dell.com/download-product-select. Specific instructions for upgrading are included in the release notes.
To verify the current agent versions and identify machines:
To download the agent bundle form KACE:
If a newer version is available it is automatically downloaded to your appliance.
To configure automatic upgrades of agents:
Making sure your agents are up to date will ensure that your K1000 appliance runs smoothly and all your computers maintain their patches, updates, and managed tasks.