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Performing tasks in preboot environment for Windows computers

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After the client computers boot to the Windows preboot environment (WinPE), you can perform the following:

  • Configure an unknown computer as predefined computer through the Predefined Computer Options

  • Execute tasks and jobs on the unknown computers from the Initial Deployment job

  • Execute tasks and jobs on the predefined computers from the Re-deployment (Managed Computer) option of the Initial Deployment job

  • Execute tasks and jobs on the managed computers from the Re-deployment (Managed Computer) option of the Initial Deployment job

To configure unknown computers as predefined computers

  1. After a Windows unknown computer boots in the preboot environment, the Predefined Computer Options dialog box is displayed.

    Unknown computers boot to this option only if you have configured the Predefined Computer settings through the console and the hardware identifier values are null. The hardware identifiers are MAC address, Serial number, and UUID.

  2. In the Predefined Computer Options dialog box, select the predefined computer name that you want to assign to the unknown computer, and click OK.

    If you click Cancel, then the Initial Deployment Settings job menu that you configured for the unknown computer, is displayed.

  3. In the Predefined Computer Confirmation dialog box click Continue if you want to configure the unknown computer as a predefined computer.

    Click Initial Deployment if you do not want to configure the unknown computer as predefined computer. In such case, the initial deployment tasks that you configured for an unknown computer are executed on the client computer.

To select Initial deployment job for unknown Windows computers

  1. After an unknown client computer boots to the preboot environment, the Initial Deployment job menu is displayed.

    This menu is displayed only if you have set tasks or jobs for Initial Deployment (Unknown Computer) menu in the Initial Deployment job menu dialog box.

  2. In the Initial Deployment menu, select the jobs or tasks that you want to execute on the unknown client computer.

  3. Check the status of the tasks or jobs in the console that execute on the client computer.

    Ensure that the client computer boots in the production to continue with deployment-related tasks.

To select Initial deployment job for predefined or managed Windows computers

  1. After a predefined or managed client computer boots to the preboot environment, the Initial Deployment job menu is displayed.

    This menu is displayed only if you have set tasks or jobs for Re-deployment (Managed Computer) menu in the Initial Deployment job menu dialog box.

  2. In the Initial Deployment menu, select the jobs or tasks that you want to execute on the client computer.

  3. Check the status of the tasks or jobs in the console that execute on the client computer.

    Ensure that the client computer boots in the production to continue with deployment-related tasks.