Deployment Solution lets you set up unknown computers or bare metal computers with Windows, Linux, or Mac operating system. An unknown computer is not managed by the Symantec Management Platform (SMP). When you add an unknown computer into the enterprise network and the Symantec Management Agent (SMA) is installed on the computer, the computer becomes managed by the SMP
To set up the client computer with Windows, Linux, or Mac operating system, you must first boot the client computer in the preboot environment of the OS that you want to install. You can install Windows, Linux, or Mac operation system in any of the following ways:
Install a operating system on the computer.
Deploy an image on the computer.
In Deployment Solution, the PXE image is bundled with the OS-specific agent and the Deployment Solution Plug-in. After an unknown computer boots in the preboot environment, you can execute other deployment-related tasks.
This process addresses the steps you must follow to set up an unknown computer with Windows operating system.
Table: Setting up unknown client computer with Windows operating system
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
Prepare an unknown computer to boot with PXE image.
Boot the client computer with the PXE image that is configured from the Create Preboot Configuration page.
(Optional) View the reports on the status of the task execution or the installation of SMA on the client computer
You can view the following reports for client computers:
Status of the client computer
You can check the status of the client computer to view if the SMA is installed on the client computer. You can view the report from Manage > Computers > Installed Agent. The Installed Agent page lists all the computers along with their IP addresses and the Symantec Management Agent installed on them.
Task execution Status
You can view the task execution status of the client computer from Reports > All Reports > Deployment and Migration > Computers with Deployment Tasks Execution Status. You can view the status of the executed tasks on the client computers.
Deployment Plug-in Installation Status
You can check if the Deployment Plug-in of the Deployment Solution is installed successfully on the client computer from Reports > All Reports > Deployment and Migration > Deployment Plug-in Installation Status