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Creating preboot configuration for Windows

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Deployment Solution lets you create Windows preboot environments. The preboot configuration is required to boot client computers in the preboot environment or the pre-OS state. Deployment Solution lets you create two types of preboot environments for Windows operating system such as PXE and automation.

The PXE environment lets you boot a client computer in the preboot environment using a PXE image over a network. A PXE image is saved on the site server on which the Network Boot Service (NBS) is installed. Deployment Solution lets you configure the WinPE image using the Create Preboot Configurations option of the console. Ensure that the NBS policy is enabled on the site server before you configure the WinPE image. If you configure a WinPE image before installing the NBS on a site server, then you have to recreate the environment. Every time a WinPE image is configured and saved, Notification Server (NS) distributes the image to all the NBS site servers of a network.

An automation environment is created when you install an Automation Folder containing the WinPE package on a client computer. To install an Automation Folder, you must enable the Deployment Automation folder for Windows (x64) -Install or the Deployment Automation folder for Windows (x86) -Install policy through the console. By default, Deployment Solution creates a PEInstall folder for Windows computers. For Windows, you can create automation folders of either or both x86 and x64 architectures. These automation folders are created on the Notification Server computer and are installed on the client computers after you enable the predefined deployment Automation Folder Plug-in policy through the Symantec Management Console. Deployment Solution lets you create and use Windows x64-bit PXE image to boot UEFI computers in preboot environment.

You can add a new driver to an existing preboot configuration. After you add the driver, you must recreate that preboot configuration using the Recreate Preboot Environment option in the Preboot Configuration dialog page.

To use the preboot configuration, you must have the administrative rights and the User Account Control (UAC) settings disabled.

You can access either of the following menus to create and configure a preboot environment:

  • Settings > Deployment > Create Preboot Configuration

  • Settings > All Settings > Deployment & Migration > Create Preboot Configuration

To create WinPE 4.0 preboot configuration, you must have the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8 installed on Notification Server. If the ADK for Windows 8 is not installed on the Notification Server, then a message is displayed on the Create Preboot Configuration page that displays the link to download the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8. You must first download and install the Windows ADK for Windows 8 and then update the BDC package to include the WAIK folder that is required to create the WinPE preboot environment.

To create a preboot configuration

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click Deployment > Create Preboot Configurations.

    If ADK for Windows 8 is not installed on Notification server, then the following fields are displayed:

    Download and install the Windows ADK for Windows 8

    Links to the website from which you can download the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8.

    This option is displayed if the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8 is not installed on Notification Server.

    Ensure that you select the following options while installing the ADK for Windows 8:

    • Deployment Tools

    • Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)

    Then import the Windows ADK install into DS

    Lets you modify the BDC package to include the WAIK folder that is installed after you install the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8.

  2. On the Create Preboot Configurations page, click Add.

  3. On the Add Preboot Configurations page, enter the name and description of the preboot configuration.

    Operating System

    Select Windows operating system.

    Architecture

    Select the x86 or x64 for Windows.

    OEMextension

    Select DS Agent as the OEM agent .

    Lock the keyboard and mouse

    For Windows, you can select this option to lock the keyboard and mouse while the computer is booted to the preboot environment.

    Inject imaging tools

    Select this option to inject the Ghost imaging tool to the preboot environment.

    Select which preboot environments to build

    Select the type of preboot environment you want to configure.

    You can select from the following:

    • PXE

      This preboot configuration can be accessed only from the Network Boot Service (NBS) server. Only the client computers that are configured to boot to and from their network card can access the configuration.

    • Automation Folder

      This preboot configuration can be installed on the client computers by using policies. You can access these policies from Settings > Agent/Plug-ins > Deployment and Migration

    • Both PXE and Automation Folder

      This option creates both types of configuration.

  4. On the Add Preboot Configurations page, click OK.

  5. On the Preboot Configurations page, click Save changes.

    If you are reading this procedure as a part of a process, return to the process by clicking on the following link:

    See Preparing unknown computers to boot with WinPE image