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Adding drivers to the Preboot driver database

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Deployment Solution lets you add drivers to the Preboot driver database, which is required when you boot a computer to the preboot configurations. If a preboot configuration that you already created requires a new driver, you must regenerate that preboot configuration.

After adding drivers to the Preboot database, the preboot images can then support mass storage devices (MSDs) and network interface cards (NICs). These critical drivers are added to the preboot images. These preboot images are deployed through the preboot environment. It ensures that you can reboot the client computers successfully to automation or to PXE. The Preboot driver database supports the Windows and Linux operating systems. You cannot add non-critical drivers to preboot database.

To add new driver to an existing preboot configuration, you must recreate that preboot configuration with the newly-added driver using the Recreate environment option. If you create a preboot image before Network Boot Service (NBS) is installed and enabled on a remote site server, then it is not registered with the site server. In such case, you must either recreate that preboot environment for the selected image or create a new image to be registered with the new remote site server.

This use case addresses how you must install the NBS on a site server, add drivers to the Preboot driver database, and then boot an unknown computer in the preboot environment using a WinPE image. After the computer boots in the preboot environment, the communication with Notification server is established.

You must perform the following steps to add drivers to the Preboot driver database and then execute a scripted Windows OS installation on a computer:

Table: Adding drivers to the Preboot driver database

Step

Action

Description

Step 1

Launch the Symantec Management Console

Launch the Symantec Management Console. You can launch the console either from the Start menu of the computer or you can launch the Web console if you know the IP address of the Notification Server. For example: http://<IP address>/altiris/console.

Step 2

Install and enable the Network Boot Service on a site server

Install the Network Boot Service (NBS) on a site server before you perform any other configurations. NBS is a component of Deployment Solution that you install and run as a service on a site server. NBS service, once installed on a site server, handles all the communication with the Symantec Management Platform for Deployment Solution.

See Installing Network Boot Service on site server

Step 3

Add drivers to the Preboot database

Add drivers to the Preboot driver database so that they can be included while creating a preboot environment. After you have added drivers to the Preboot driver database, you can create a preboot environment. If you want to add a new driver to an existing preboot configuration, you must regenerate that preboot configuration. Ensure that you select the WinPE environment for adding drivers to the Windows operating system.

This task cannot be configured and executed through the Initial Deployment Job.

See Adding drivers to the Preboot database

Step 4

Create a Windows preboot environment using a PXE image

Create and configure a Windows preboot environment using a PXE image. The drivers from the Preboot driver database are used when you create a new configuration or recreate an existing preboot configuration.

The PXE image is used to boot unknown computers of a network in the preboot environment or the preOS state. A PXE image is saved on the site server on which the Network Boot Service (NBS) is configured. Therefore, ensure that the NBS service is running on the site server before you create the PXE image.

See Preparing unknown computers to boot with WinPE image

Step 5

Configure NBS for unknown computers

Configure the NBS for unknown computer from the NBS General Settings page.

See Configuring Network Boot Service for unknown computers

Step 6

Wait for the computer to boot in the preboot environment

After a computer is added to the network, the computer boots with the Windows preboot environment using the PXE image that you configured. You can then install a Windows OS or deploy a Windows image on the computer.