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Configuring and filtering computers to boot with PXE

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The Network Boot Service (NBS) component of Deployment Solution comprises the PXE/BSDP service, SymantecNetworkBootService(PXE and BSDP), which is used to boot client computers to the preboot environments. The Windows and Linux client computers use the PXE service whereas the Macintosh computers use the Boot Service Discovery Protocol (BSDP) service to boot in the preboot environments.NBS must be installed on the site servers and configured with PXE image of Windows and Linux or Netboot image of Mac to boot the computers to the preboot environment.

You must configure NBS based on the type of computers that you want to boot to the preboot environments. The types of computers that Deployment Solution addresses are unknown computers, predefined computers, or managed computers. Based on the operating system and the type of computer, you must configure the NBS settings. You can also configure to filter the client computers based on their MAC address to which the NBS site servers must respond.

The client computer must be installed with Microsoft XML Core Services (MSXML) 6.0 before you install NBS on the site server.

To configure the Network Boot Service settings

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, select the Settings > Deployment > NBS General Settings menu.

    You can also access this menu from Settings > All Settings. In the All Settings tree pane, select Notification Server > Site Server Settings > Network Boot Service.

  2. In the NBS General Settings dialog box, configure the settings for the type of client computers you want.

    You can configure the NBS General Settings for the following types of client computers:

  3. Click Save changes.

To filter computers to boot with PXE

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, select the Settings > Deployment > NBS Global Settings menu.

    You can also access this menu from Settings > All Settings. In the All Settings tree pane, select Notification Server > Site Server Settings > Network Boot Service.

  2. In the NBS Global Settings dialog box, configure the settings to filter the client computers based on the MAC addresses.

    See About filtering computers through NBS Global Settings

See Installing Network Boot Service on site server