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About deployment tasks and jobs

Deployment Solution

Deployment Solution lets you manage client computers using jobs and tasks. Tasks are individual activities such as creating a computer image, installing Windows operating system, and so on. You can create and customize these tasks for the activities that you perform frequently.

For example, If you frequently boot computers using a PXE image, then you can create a task from the Boot To task with the PXE/Netboot image that you want to boot the client computer with. After the deployment task is created, it is added in the task list under the Deployment and Migration folder. You can view the tasks by navigating in the console through Manage > Jobs and Tasks > Deployment and Migration. You can right-click and select properties on a task to view the properties of the task.

Jobs are a combination of tasks that are scheduled and executed in an orderly manner on specific computers.

For example, if you want to boot the client computers in pre-OS state and install Windows OS, you can create tasks such as Boot to PXE, Install Windows 2003 OS and club both these tasks into a Job and schedule them or run them when required.

If a computer does not yet have the Symantec Management Agent or the Deployment plug-in installed, you can import a predefined computer. Predefined computers let you assign jobs to unmanaged computers.

See Adding or importing predefined computers

You can create Client Jobs and Server Jobs in Symantec Management Platform. These two job types are identical with one exception. Server Jobs guarantee that the exact same task sequence and execution path is followed for all nodes. For example, the logic for a job specifies that the job stops if one of the tasks fails. When that task fails or times out in one node, that job stops for all of the nodes.

Deployment Solution provides the following predefined tasks.

Table: Predefined deployment tasks

Task

Description

Apply System Configuration

Applies the new configurations to a computer.

See Creating system configuration settings

Boot To

Instructs a computer to boot to the production OS, PXE, or automation folder.

See Creating a Boot To task

Capture Personality

Captures the personality of the computer.

See Capturing a computer's personality

Copy File

Copies the specified files and folders to a destination computer.

See Copying files and folders

Create Image

Creates the disk images and backup images.

See Creating a Windows image

See Creating a Linux image

See Creating a Mac image

Deploy Image

Deploys the disk image files (not the backup image files).

See Deploying a Windows image

See Deploying a Linux image

See Deploying a Mac image

Distribute Personality

Installs a previously captured computer personality.

See Distributing a computer's personality

Erase Disk

Cleans a disk. You can configure this task to meet DoD standards.

See Erasing a Disk

Install Linux/ESX OS

Performs a scripted OS install of Linux and ESX operating systems.

See Installing Linux/ESX OS using Deployment Solution

Install Mac OS

Performs a scripted OS install of Mac operating system

See Installing Mac OS using Deployment Solution

Install Windows OS

Performs a scripted OS install of Windows.

See Installing a Windows OS using Deployment Solution

Partition Disk

Creates the disk partitions on a hard drive.

See Creating disk partitions

Prepare for Image capture

Runs Microsoft Sysprep.

See Configuring the Sysprep imaging

See Preparing to capture an image

Restore BackUp Image

Deploys the backup image files (not the disk image files).

See Restoring a backup image

You can also create many other types of tasks that work with Deployment Solution to add more functionality. For example, you can create the following types of tasks:

  • A Run Script task that lets you use a scripting language such as Perl or Python. The Run Script task supports many scripting languages and predefined tokens.

    For more information, search for run script task topics in the Symantec Management Platform Help.

  • An inventory task that gathers much more information than the Deployment Solution reports provide. The inventory tasks are listed in the Symantec Management Console on the Create New Task page under Discovery and Inventory.

  • A Power Control task that provides many of the capabilities that were included in previous versions of the Deployment Solution product.

    For more information, search for power control task topics in the Symantec Management Platform Help.

  • A Power Management task that integrates out-of-bounds (OOB) management capabilities with traditional Deployment Solution tasks.

    For more information, search for power management topics in the Real-Time Console Infrastructure Help.