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About filtering computers through NBS Global Settings

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Deployment Solution lets you filter client computers based on their MAC addresses for applying the Network Boot Service (NBS) settings on them. The NBS settings when applied on the client computers boot them to the preboot environment using the PXE image. This NBS setting configuration can be performed through the Settings > Deployment > NBS General Settings menu, while the filter configuration settings can be performed through the Settings > Deployment > NBS Global Settings menu of the console. The NBS Global Settings configuration is applicable to all the NBS site servers.

You can also access the NBS Global Settings dialog box from the Settings > Notification Server >Site Server Settings menu. In the Site Management pane, access Settings > Network Boot Service> Settings folder.

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

Table: NBS Global Settings

Field

Description

Apply NBS settings immediately

Check this option if you want to apply the NBS Global Settings policy immediately on all the NBS site servers.

By default, this option is unchecked and so this policy runs as per the default time set for the Symantec Management Platform (SMP).

MAC Address Filter

Lets you filter client computers based on their MAC address and choose whether to configure them with NBS settings or not.

Check Apply MAC Address Filter if you want to apply the MAC filter for the client computers.

If you check this option, you must select either of the following:

  • Service Network Boot clients with following MAC addresses only

    Lets you filter the client computers based on their MAC addresses to which the NBS site server must respond. The NBS site server is configured to respond to the client computers and boot them either with PXE image or with NetBoot image. The NetBoot image is created for Mac OS computers using the BSDP protocol.

    You must click Add to specify the MAC address of either a single client computer or the range of MAC addresses of the client computers.

  • Do not service Network Boot clients with following MAC addresses

    Lets you filter the client computers based on their MAC addresses for which you do not want the NBS site server to respond.

    You must click Add to specify the MAC address of either a single client computer or the range of MAC addresses of the client computers.

Save changes

Click this button to save the configuration changes that you made.

See About NBS General Settings