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Creating system configuration settings

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The system configuration setting of a client computer comprises of the network setting, domain name, computer name, IP address, and so on. Deployment Solution lets you create system configurations to apply on the client computers after they boot to the production environment from the preboot environment or automation environment. For example, after you boot 50 client computers to the production environment, you might want the computer names to be modified and also join a common domain. This task can be performed through the system configuration that you create and apply on the client computers.

You either create a new system configuration setting for the client computers or update an existing system configuration. Deployment Solution lets you apply system configurations on the managed client computers that are already imaged or on which a Deploy Image task is executed.

To create system configuration settings

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click Deployment > System Configurations.

  2. Click New system configuration.

  3. In the Create System Configuration dialog box, select the appropriate option and specify the values.

    Name

    Lets you specify a name for the system configuration task that you create.

    Description

    Lets you specify a description for the task that you create.

  4. On the Computer Information tab of the dialog box, select the appropriate option and specify the values.

    Computer name

    Select Computer name and enter a computer name.

    For computer names, you can use tokens. For example, %CustomerToken%, %SERIALNUMBER%.

    If you select Computer name, you can select Leave existing for a computer that is not stored in the database. In this instance, the default name that the Windows installation generates is used.

    Name range

    Select this option to provide a name range for the client computers and click Define range.

    The Name range option lets you use the same configuration for multiple computers. The Define range option lets you specify the Fixed text and the Range start in the Computer Name Range dialog box.

    In the Computer Name Range dialog box, computers are named using a fixed text appended with the range value that you specify. The range is appended to the name only if you check the Append textbox. The range is the number that you want to start with. This string increment is by 1 for each computer that receives the configuration.

    You can specify a range of 6-digit number. For example, if you specify fixed text as ABC and range start as 123456, then the names of the client computers will be as, ABC123456, ABC 123457 and so on.

    Additionally, if you use a name range with a static IP address on this tab, the IP address you specify is incremented as well.

    Workgroup

    Select Workgroup and enter a workgroup name for the new configuration. or

    Domain

    Select Domain and enter the domain name.

    If you select Domain, you must specify the administrative domain user name and password.

    The credentials are either of a local administrator account or of a domain account if you connect the computer to a domain.

    Organizational unit

    The organization unit lets you add the computer at different organizational unit levels. If you have only the domain level, then specify the domain level and leave the organizational unit as empty. All the client computers are then added to the domain level of the Active Directory

    You can add the computers to the following organizational units:

    • One level under the domain

      For example, If you have an organizational unit name OU1 enter OU1 in the Organizational unit field.

    • Multiple level organizational units under the domain

      For example, If you have multiple levels of organizational units such as OU3 under OU2 which is under OU1 and so on, enter OU1/OU2/OU3 in the Organizational unit field to add the client computer to the OU3 level under the domain.

  5. In the Network Adapters tab of the dialog box, select and specify the required information.

    Connection-specific DNS suffix

    Lets you specify the domain suffix of the network.

    Select Leave existing if you want to retain the existing domain suffix.

    Network adapter

    Lets you select a network adapter from the drop-down list.

    Click Add to add a network adapter to the configuration. Click Remove to remove a network adapter from the configuration.

    Select one of the following options:

    • Leave existing

      Select this option if you want to use the existing default DHCP or IP address.

    • Use DHCP to obtain IP address

      Select this option if you want to use the DHCP server to assign IP address to the client computers.

    • Assign a static IP address

      Select this option to assign a static IP address.

      Specify the following after you select this option:

      • IP address

      • Use as range

      • Subnet mask

      • Default gateway

      • DNS1

      • DNS2

      Click Advanced to create the IP interfaces, gateway, and DNS.

      If you change an IP address from DHCP to static, you must supply the subnet mask and gateway. Even if they are the same as they were when you use DHCP, you must supply these numbers. These values are not stored when you use DHCP.

    You can add multiple NIC, but it is not supported for SUSE client computers.

  6. Click OK.