Deployment Solution lets you install a Linux operating system (OS) on an unknown, a predefined, or a managed computer in an enterprise network. Linux OS installation lets you remotely install the Linux OS on any desktop, laptop, or on a server that is independent of the computer's hardware configuration. Besides, you can create a Linux OS package with the required source files, and decide what source files are included in that package.
This process addresses how you must boot a client computer in the preboot environment by using a LinuxPE image. After the client computer boots in the preboot environment, the communication with Notification Server is established. You must then create a Linux OS installation package and then install the Linux OS by using the installation package.
You must perform the following steps to install Linux OS on a client computer:
Table: Installing Linux OS on a client computer
Launch the Symantec Management Console
Launch the Symantec Management
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
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, once installed on a site server, handles all the communication with the Symantec Management Platform for Deployment Solution.
Create a Linux preboot environment using a PXE image
Create and configure a Linux preboot environment using a PXE image. The PXE image is used to boot the client computer in a network in the preboot environment or the pre-OS state. A PXE image is saved on the site server on which NBS is configured. Therefore, ensure that NBS is running on the site server before you create the PXE image.
After a task is created, you can choose to either perform Quick Run or schedule the Install Linux/EX OS task to run immediately or at a time that you want to execute on the client computer. You can
specify the computer that the task runs on.