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Installing Linux/ESX OS on client computers

Deployment Solution

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

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 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

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, 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

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.

See Creating preboot configuration for Linux

Step 4

Configure types of computers with PXE

Configure different types of computers, such as unknown, predefined, or managed computer from the NBS General Settings page.

See Configuring Network Boot Service for unknown computers

See Configuring Network Boot Service for predefined computers

See Configuring Network Boot Service for managed computers

Step 5

Install a Linux OS on the client computer

Execute the Install Linux/ESX OS task to install the Linux OS on the client computer after the computer boots in the preboot environment.

See Installing Linux/ESX OS using Deployment Solution

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.

See Scheduling a deployment job or task

Step 6

Boot the client computer in production environment

After you execute the Install Linux/ESX OS task on the computer, execute the Boot To task to boot the client computer to production environment.

See Creating a Boot To task

See Scheduling a deployment job or task