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Setting up predefined computers

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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.

See About predefined computers in Deployment Solution

The process to set up a predefined computer is as follows:

Table: Setting up predefined computers

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

Add or import predefined computers

Add or import the computers through the Settings > Deployment > Predefined Computers menu of the console.

See Adding or importing predefined computers

Step 3

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.

See Configuring Network Boot Service for predefined computers

Step 4

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