SmartDeploy vs. KACE Systems Deployment Appliance

If you need a computer imaging tool that can deploy seamlessly to any Windows PC anywhere, we got you. With multiple deployment methods — including over the cloud — plus built-in access to 1,500+ prebuilt driver packs, SmartDeploy offers greater deployment flexibility and true hardware independence.

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KACE can image remote machines via a local network — but without the ability to image over the cloud, the process won’t be as seamless. KACE driver packs also cover fewer OEM models than SmartDeploy, so you’ll have to spend time filling in the gaps.

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SmartDeploy can support an on-prem, remote, and distributed workforce from one platform. Deploy your Windows golden image and business-critical software via offline media, local networks, or over the cloud (even without VPN). Manage diverse hardware easily with a library of prebuilt and customizable driver packs.

Deploy an image with SmartDeploy in minutes


KACE Systems Deployment Appliance

Hardware independent



Prebuilt driver pack library



Offline imaging



Remote imaging via cloud



Cloud integrations



Prebuilt and customizable script packages



Patch management






Compatibility with Linux systems



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How it works

Set up, update, and manage endpoints with greater flexibility and ease. Flexible layers enable you to manage the OS, applications, drivers, and user data independently from each other rather than baking everything into a locked image.

  • Step one

Build your golden image containing the Windows operating system, apps, and settings that you need.

  • Step two

Download any of our prebuilt device driver packages for all the hardware models you support.

  • Step three

Pick the software and scripts you need from our library — or build a custom installer to fit your specific needs.

  • Step four

Save and deploy with ultimate flexibility using any combination of USB, network server, or cloud storage.

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The new industry standard

SmartDeploy is an award-winning solution with a proven track record helping IT teams become more effective and efficient. We think the results speak for themselves.

  • 3 million+ machines deployed

  • 13 years in business

  • 3,200 global customers

  • 4.8 stars at G2 and Capterra

One platform, endless use cases

SmartDeploy is your one-stop shop for PC provisioning and lifecycle management.

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Computer imaging

Build and maintain a single Windows golden image, regardless of PC make or model

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PC refreshes

Keep all your users' files and settings consistent while rolling out new hardware

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Application management

Deploy, update, and patch applications zero-touch to any endpoint

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Windows updates

Push periodic updates or centrally manage entire migrations for local and remote PCs

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Device setup

Seamlessly roll out images, drivers, and applications to entirely new devices

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PC break-fixes

Reimage the operating system layer without affecting applications or user data


Ready to make the switch?

SmartDeploy is not affiliated with or endorsed by KACE. The use of KACE Systems Deployment Appliance on this page is for comparison purposes only. Information last updated: 10/12/2023