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Configuring the initial deployment settings

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Initial Deployment settings is a job that you use to set up the initial set of tasks or jobs for unknown computers or managed computers after they boot to the preboot environment or the automation environment. For the unknown client computers, this job executes after the computers boot in the preboot environment, while for the managed computers, the job executes after the computers boot to preboot environment or the automation environment. This Initial Deployment settings menu can be configured only for the Windows client computers.

For example, you have an unknown computer in the network that you want to boot in preboot environment first and then want to execute a set of tasks after the computer boots. The tasks that you want to execute on the computer are, Deploy Image, Boot To production, and then Apply System Configuration. You can wrap up these tasks in a job and then configure and schedule the Initial Deployment job for the unknown computers. After the unknown computers boots in the preboot environment, the Initial Deployment menu that you configured is displayed. You can choose the tasks or jobs that you want to execute from the displayed list. At this stage, you can also choose to deselect any task that you do not want to execute.

In case of configuring an Initial Deployment job to deploy an image using multicast option, ensure to add -mp -clients=3 -threshold=2 -connectimeout=10 in the command line options of the deploy image task that you want to add in the Initial Deployment job

If you have managed computers that you want to boot in automation environment, then you can set the redeployment tasks through this Initial Deployment job menu. In the automation environment, after you boot the managed computer manually, the list of initial tasks that you have set in this menu are displayed.

You can configure the Initial Deployment job menu from the following options of the console:

  • Settings > Deployment > Initial Deployment menu

  • Settings > All Settings > Deployment and Migration > Initial Deployment option

To configure the initial deployment settings

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

  2. In the Initial Deployment Settings dialog box, specify the values for the fields.

  3. In the Initial Deployment Settings dialog box, click Add to add the tasks that you want to display in the job menu of the computer.

    The fields and the descriptions of the dialog box are as follows:

    Network Boot Services Settings

    Lets you browse to the NBS General Settings dialog box of the console to configure the Network Boot Service that is installed on a site server.

    See About NBS General Settings

    Initial Deployment (Unknown Computer) Menu

    Lets you configure the job menu that must display for the unknown computer after the computer boots in the preboot environment.

    Click Add to launch the Add Existing Tasks/Jobs dialog box to add the tasks or jobs that you want to display in the job menu. By default, the first task or job is listed as the default task in the table. You can select a different task or job by selecting the corresponding radio button.

    Select any one of the following options to configure the schedule of the job:

    • Run default job immediately

      Select this option to run the default job immediately after you create.

    • Wait indefinitely for user selection

      Select this option if you want to select the job from the job menu that is displayed on the unknown computer.

    • Run default job after [] seconds

      Select this option if you want to run the default job after the time that you specify in seconds.

    • Shutdown the computer after [] seconds

      Select this option if you want the unknown computer to shut down after the time that you specify in seconds

    You can delete an already configured job by selecting the job and then click the delete icon.

    Re-Deployment (Managed Computer) Menu

    Lets you configure the job menu that displays for the Windows managed computer after the computer boots in the automation environment.

    Click Add to launch the Add Existing Tasks/Jobs dialog box to add the tasks or jobs that you want to display in the job menu. By default, the first task or job is listed as the default task in the table. You can select a different task or job by selecting the corresponding radio button. .

    Select any one of the following options to configure the schedule of the job:

    • Run default job immediately

      Select this option to run the default job immediately.

    • Wait indefinitely for user selection

      Select this option if you want to select the job from the job menu that is displayed on the managed computer.

    • Run default job after [] seconds

      Select this option if you want to run the default job after the time that you specify in seconds.

    • Shutdown the computer after [] seconds

      Select this option if you want the managed computer to shut down after the time that you specify in seconds

    You can delete an already configured job by selecting the job and then click the delete icon.

  4. Select the default task for the initial deployment menu.

    The selected default task execution starts after the lapse of time specified. During the specified time, you can choose to run any other tasks that are displayed in the menu.

  5. Click Save changes.