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About types of boot environments in Deployment Solution

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:

  • Preboot environment

    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.

    Windows

    PECTAgent

    Linux

    ULM agent

    Mac

    ULM agent

    You can boot the client computers in the preboot environment in one of the following ways:

  • Production environment

    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

Environment

Description

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.

Production

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.

See About deployment of Windows computers