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Creating a Boot To task

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You can start computers in an automation environment to run tasks, else boot to a PXE environment or a production environment based on the requirement.

You can use either PXE environment or automation environment but not both environments together. Assign this task only if you want to perform a custom automation task.

To create a Boot to task

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, select Manage > Jobs and Tasks.

  2. In the left pane, do either of the following:

    • Right-click System Jobs and Tasks folder and select New > Task.

    • Expand the System Jobs and Tasks folder and right-click Deployment and Migration folder to select New > Task.

  3. In the Create New Task dialog box, under Deployment and Migration folder, select the Boot to task.

  4. The fields and the descriptions are as follows:

    Task name icon

    Displays the default task name as Boot To. You can edit the default task name to specify a relevant task name. For example, Boot To_Automation.

    Automation

    Lets you select the automation environment to boot the client computers. Automation environment is created on the client computers on which the automation folder is installed.

    Production

    Lets you select the production environment to the boot the computer either from the preboot environment or automation environment.

    You boot a computer into the production environment to resume regular tasks such as report generation or so.

    PXE/Netboot

    Lets you select the PXE image for the WinPE or LinuxPE environments or the NetBoot image for the Mac environment from the drop-down list.

    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.

    Before you boot to PXE, ensure that you have started the Windows firewall service and opened the ports 4011 and 69. Otherwise, booting to PXE might fail.

    Registration Period

    The registration time period is the time period during which the client computers are unrolled from Notification Server registration policy. This happens only when the client computer tries to boot from one environment to another. Within the specified registration time, the client computer must again register back to the registration policy, failing which, the computer must be registered manually.

    The default registration time that is displayed is the registration time that is set in the Global Settings page.

  5. Click OK.

  6. Schedule the task.

    See Scheduling a deployment job or task