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Setting up unknown client computers

Deployment Solution

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

See About deployment of Windows computers

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

Step

Action

Description

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

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.

See Preparing unknown computers to boot with WinPE image

See Preparing unknown computers to boot with LinuxPE

See Booting an unknown Mac computer in NetBoot environment

Step 3

Install operating system

You can install Windows, Linux, or Mac operating system on the client computer by performing either of the following:

Step 4 (Optional)

(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

See Setting up predefined computers

See Redeploying managed computers