Deployment Solution lets you add or import computers as predefined computers through the Settings > Deployment > Predefined Computers menu of the console. The import of the predefined computer details can be performed through a TXT file or a CSV file, while you can add a computer details directly through the Predefined Computers dialog box. Before a predefined computer is physically added to the network, you must configure the deployment settings through the console. These settings are configured to boot the computers to the preboot environment successfully after they are added to the network. Deployment Solution also let you create the jobs and the tasks that you execute on the predefined computers after they boot in the preboot environment.
The process to set up a predefined computer is as follows:
Table: Setting up predefined computers
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
Add or import predefined computers
Add or import the computers through the Settings > Deployment > Predefined Computers menu of the console.
Prepare the predefined computers to boot in the preboot environment
Configure settings in Deployment Solution that boots the predefined computers to the preboot environment after they are added to the network.
You must perform the following configuration:
Create preboot configurations for the specific operating system that you want to install on the predefined computer. You create the preboot configurations through Settings > Deployment > Create Preboot Configurations menu of the console.
Install and configure Network Boot Service (NBS) for the predefined computers to boot in the preboot environment.
Create the tasks or the jobs that you want to execute on the client computers in the preboot environment
After a predefined computer boots to the preboot environment, you can execute the tasks or jobs to perform the following:
Installation of an operating system
Deployment of an image
You can schedule the tasks or jobs to execute on the computers or you can add them to the Initial Deployment job and execute the job on the computers. You can access the Initial Deployment job through Settings > Deployment > Initial Deployment menu of the console