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Configuring Network Boot Service for managed computers

Deployment Solution

Deployment Solution has provision to redeploy a Windows, Linux, or Mac managed computer to a preboot environment. Redeployment of a managed computer facilitates you to install a new operating system or a driver on the computer. Before you redeploy the managed computer, you must configure the site server on which the Network Boot Service (NBS) is installed.

See Installing Network Boot Service on site server

After the Windows client computers boot to the preboot environment, you can configure the initial deployment job to execute on the computers. The initial deployment job menu contains the tasks that you configure through the Settings > Deployment > Initial Deployment Settings menu to execute on the client computers.

To configure site server with NBS settings for managed computers

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

  2. In the NBS General Settings dialog box, for the Network Boot Service Configuration, configure the settings for the managed client computers.

    Network Boot Service Configuration

    Lets you configure the Network Boot Service (NBS) for a site server.

    To enable or disable the policy, you must select the Turn On or Turn Off icons on the right side of the dialog box or page.

    Apply NBS settings immediately

    Check the option if you want to apply the NBS policy immediately on the site servers.

    If the option remains unchecked then the NBS configurations changes are applied as per the schedule set in the Symantec Management Agent (SMA) for rolling out policies.

    Enable the NBS service

    Check the NBS service to enable the service on the site server.

    By default, this option is checked.

    Reset button

    Lets you restore the previous configuration that you performed for the NBS site server.

  3. In the NBS General Settings dialog box, for the Redeployment (Managed Computer) Menu configure the following settings:

    This option lets you select the PXE image to deploy on a Windows or Linux managed client computer.

    The various options to configure are as follows:

    • Respond to Managed computers

      Check this option if you want to respond to the managed client computers to configure them to boot in the preboot environment using a PXE image.

    • PXE image

      Select the PXE image that you want to use to boot the predefined client computers in the preboot environment. If you do not want to boot using a PXE image, you can select, Next Device (BIOS/EFI) mode of booting option for the client computer. Based on whether the default boot option of the client computer is set to BIOS or EFI, the computer boots to the preboot environment. The potential boot devices of BIOS are CD, disk, and so on. Computers of UEFI architecture can boot in the preboot environment using the x64-bit PXE image of Windows.

      For the PXE image, select any of the following architectures from the drop-down list:

      • Auto

        Select this option if you want to boot the client computer based on the computer's processor architecture. For example, if you have a client computer whose processor type is x64 but the installed operating system is x86 of Windows 7, then the Auto option boots the computer in x64 architecture mode and not in x86 mode.

        The Auto option can be useful if you have created a common PXE image for both x86 and x64 architectures or want to boot a computer as per the processor architecture irrespective of the OS architecture. You create PXE images through the Create Preboot Configuration dialog box of the console.

      • x86

        Select this option if the PXE image that you have created is for the x86 architecture of the operating system.

      • x64

        Select this option if the PXE image that you have created is for the x64 architecture of the operating system.

    • Prompt

      Configure the option to display the prompt message on the client computer to display the network boot menu. You can enter a message in the textbox that you want to display on the client computer. After the message appears in the client computer, you can press F8 to invoke the network boot menu. Select the option, Continue immediately if you want to deploy the PXE boot image immediately after you select the boot image or select, Continue after to invoke the boot menu after the time period that you specify.

  4. Click Save changes.

  5. Again, in the console, click the Settings >Deployment > NBS Global Settings menu.

    This step is optional.

    See About filtering computers through NBS Global Settings

  6. In the NBS Global Settings dialog box or pane, click Save Changes.

    If you are reading this procedure as a part of a process, return to the process by clicking on the following link:

    See Booting managed Windows computer with WinPE image