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Booting managed Windows computer with WinPE image

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Deployment Solution lets you redeploy a managed computer that is installed with the Windows operating system (OS) to a preboot environment. The managed computer redeploys to the preboot environment using the WinPE image that Deployment Solution supports, after you execute the Boot To deployment task.

The following process lets you reboot a Windows managed computer to the preboot environment using a configured WinPE image. After the computer reboots to the preboot environment, you can execute any deployment tasks on the computer.

You must perform the following steps to reboot a managed computer with a WinPE image:

Table: Booting a managed computer with WinPE image




Step 1

Launch the console

Launch the Symantec Management Console.

You can launch the console either from the Start menu of the Notification Server computer or from any computer of the network. To access the console from a different computer, you must type the following:

http://<IP address of NS>/altiris/console

Step 2

Install the Network Boot Service on a site server

You must install the Network Boot Service (NBS) on a site server and also enable the policy before you configure the client computer to boot in the preboot environment.

See Installing Network Boot Service on site server

Step 3

Create a WinPE image

Create a WinPE image through the Create Preboot Configurations dialog box of the console.

Step 4

Configure NBS settings for managed computer

Configure the NBS settings for the managed client computer from the console.

See Configuring Network Boot Service for managed computers

For the managed computer, you configure the NBS General Settings that lets you select the WinPE image to boot the client computer with and also configure the boot menu. Besides, you can also configure the NBS Global Setting that lets you filter computers based on MAC address to which the NBS site server must or must not respond.

See About NBS General Settings

See About filtering computers through NBS Global Settings

Step 5

(optional) Set up the Re-Deployment (Managed Computer) menu in the Initial Deployment Settings dialog box

In the Initial Deployment Settings dialog box, you can configure the Re-Deployment (Managed Computer) menu to execute jobs or tasks on the managed computer after the computer boots in the preboot environment.

See Configuring the initial deployment settings

Step 6

Execute Boot To PXE task

Execute the Boot To task and select the PXE/NetBoot image option in the Create New Task dialog box.

Step 7

Execute tasks or jobs after the client computer boots to preboot environment

After the Windows client computer boots to preboot environment, the Re-Deployment menu for managed computers is displayed. You can select all or specific tasks or jobs that you want to execute.

See Performing tasks in preboot environment for Windows computers