About types of boot environments in Deployment Solution
In Deployment Solution, the environment in which the client computer can boot into is known as the boot environment. Deployment Solution lets you boot the computers in the pre-OS installation stage or in the post-OS installation stage. The pre-OS installation stage of a client computer is the Preboot environment and the post-OS installation stage is the Production environment.
The different types of boot environments that the client computers boot into are as follows:
Deployment Solution lets you boot client computers in the preboot environment using a preboot configuration. The preboot configuration consists of the preboot operating system, Deployment Plug-in, and the agent that is specific for the operating system.
You can boot the client computers in the preboot environment in one of the following ways:
A PXE configuration is distributed to the client computer over the network.
An automation folder configuration is installed on the client computers.
The production environment is the environment into which a client computer boots after an operating system is installed on the computer.
Table: Types of boot environments in Deployment Solution
Preboot environment using the PXE configuration
Deployment Solution lets you boot client computers in preboot environment using a PXE configuration. The PXE configuration is distributed to the client computer over the network using the Network Boot Service (NBS).
In Deployment Solution, the PXE service, SymantecNetworkBootServicePxeand BSDP, is a part of the NBS.
Following are the OS-specific PXE configurations:
WinPE for Windows
LinuxPE for Linux
NetBoot for Mac
Preboot environment using the automation folder
Deployment Solution facilitates you to create a preboot environment that is installed locally on the client computer. The automation folder configuration that you create is stored on the Notification Server computer and is installed on the client computer when the Deployment automation folder - install policy of the specific OS is enabled.
The client computers having a static IP address can boot to the preboot state by using the automation folder only, and not through the PXE environment.
The production environment is the environment into which a client computer boots after an operating system is installed on the computer. To resume live operations after completing the deployment tasks or maintenance tasks, you must boot the client computers into the production environment.