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Creating a PXE pre-OS image for a Dell server

Deployment Solution for Dell Servers

Pre-boot eXecution Environment (PXE) is an environment that you can use to boot computers using a network interface. This process is independent of your hard disks or installed operating systems. The site server components in Deployment Solution include PXE.

For more information, view topics on site server components and PXE in the Deployment Solution Help.

The Preboot Configuration page lets you add a new policy for a pre-OS configuration. After you create a configuration policy, you can use it to create a PXE image. Tasks can then access and use that pre-OS configuration-based image. The pre-OS configuration can also be used to create installation files.

This process also creates a resource that can be used to reboot to a task. You can use the resource to reboot to any job that requires you to reboot to PXE.

If the pre-OS policy is enabled, the server starts building the PXE image after the server requests an updated configuration. Be aware that new policies or newly scheduled policies can take up to an hour to load. After the policies are loaded, the process to create a PXE image takes approximately 20 minutes.

Before you run this task, you need to boot the server into the pre-OS environment.

Make sure that your PXE server is configured to respond to unknown computers. For more information on PXE server configuration, see the Deployment Solution Help.

See Using Deployment Solution for Dell Servers

To create a PXE pre-OS image for a Dell server

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click All Settings.

  2. In the left pane, expand the Settings > Deployment and Migration > Symantec Boot Services (PXE) folders.

  3. Click Preboot Configurations.

  4. In the right pane, click Add.

  5. On the Add Preboot Configuration page, enter a name and description for your pre-OS configuration.

  6. Select either WinPE or Linux operating system from the drop-down menu.

  7. For Windows, select the x86 or x64 architecture.

    You can also select both x86 and x64 architectures.

    For Linux, only the x86 architecture is supported.

  8. Select the 'Dell' OEM extension from the drop-down menu.

  9. Select the pre-OS environment to build.

    • PXE

      This pre-OS configuration can be accessed only from the PXE server. Only the client computers that are configured to boot to and from their network card can access the configuration.

    • Automation folder

      This pre-OS configuration can be installed on the client computer by using policies. Be careful when using Automation folders with RAID configurations. When you perform a RAID configuration, you clear the Automation folder.

      See Configure RAID - Advanced task type

      See Defining rules for RAID configurations

    • Both PXE and Automation folder

      This option builds both types of configurations.

  10. Click OK.

  11. Ensure that the policy is enabled.

    A green On symbol shows in the top right corner.

  12. Click Save changes.