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Provisioning a Dell server

Deployment Solution for Dell Servers

You can use zero-touch provisioning to set up your brand new servers. This functionality is included in the Dell Server Provisioning task.

See About zero-touch provisioning

The main goal of this task is to set the default behavior for new servers. You define the tasks that should run on every server, as long as you don't specify tasks based on every service tag.

If a server's service tag is in the Predefined Service Tags list, you can specify what credentials are assigned to that server and what tasks it runs. For example, service tag X gets credentials Dell and runs the new server job task. When that server starts up, Deployment Solution already knows about it and can assign it the proper credentials and run the specified tasks on it.

You can define the default behavior for every new server or specify a different behavior for every service tag.

After you define the provisioning behaviors, a table displays in the middle of the task page and contains the following information:

  • Service Tag - A list of service tags that you defined or imported. Service tags identify Dell servers and are the same as the serial number of the server.

  • iDRAC Credential - The credentials that are needed to access the iDRAC.

  • Deployment Job - The tasks or job to run.

If you have remote site servers in your environment, you must enable the WSMan task handler policy on those site servers. The policy must be enabled before you can provision all of your servers. You can access this policy from the Settings > All Settings > Agents/Plug-ins > Deployment and Migration > Windows > Dell Provisioning WSMan Task Handlers Install menu.

See Using Deployment Solution for Dell Servers

To provision a Dell server

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

  2. In the left pane, expand the Deployment and Migration folder.

  3. Click Dell Server Provisioning.

  4. In the right pane, select any of the following options:

    • Provision only servers with trusted certificates

      The certificate on the DRAC should match the Dell certificate on Symantec Management Platform . If the certificates don't match, your Dell server is not provisioned.

      If you select this option, you must manually add your certificate trust list (CTL) in IIS.

      See Adding a certificate trust list to IIS

    • Provision only servers that have not been provisioned previously

      If the server has been provisioned once, it is not provisioned again.

    • Provision only servers authorized by predefined service tags

      You can select the specific servers that you want provisioned. You can select different credentials for each server and the different tasks that run on each server. For example, service tag X gets credentials Y and runs the Windows OS installation task. If the service tag of a new server doesn't match a service tag on the list, it is ignored and not provisioned.

  5. Enter the default DRAC credentials.

    You can select existing credentials from the drop-down list or click the ellipses icon to view additional information about those credentials. You can also click the pencil icon to edit existing credentials or click the plus icon to add credentials.

    These are the same credentials that you specified in the First Time Setup page.

    See Creating provisioning credentials

  6. Browse to the default deployment job that you want to run on new servers.

  7. Click OK.

  8. If you want to define specific service tags, click Add to add a service tag to the list.

    You can click Import from file to select the service tag from an XML file. You can also click the pencil icon to edit an entry in the list or click the X icon to delete the selected service tag.

  9. In the Add Predefined Service Tag page, enter the service tag.

  10. Enter the credentials.

    You can select existing credentials from the drop-down list or click the ellipses icon to view additional information about those credentials. You can also click the pencil icon to edit existing credentials or click the plus icon to add credentials.

  11. Browse to the deployment job that you want to run on that server.

  12. Click OK.