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Using Deployment Solution for Dell Servers

Deployment Solution for Dell Servers

You can use Deployment Solution for Dell in many ways to manage your Dell servers.

You can also perform a scripted OS installation.

See Performing a scripted OS installation without PXE

Table: Process for using Deployment Solution for Dell Servers describes one way you can use Deployment Solution for Dell to manage your Dell servers.

Table: Process for using Deployment Solution for Dell Servers

Step

Action

Description

Step 1

(Optional) Create a PXE pre-OS image for a Dell server.

You can use PXE to boot your Dell servers using a network interface. You use a pre-OS configuration to create a PXE image. Tasks can then access and use that specific image.

See Creating a PXE pre-OS image for a Dell server

Step 2

(Optional) Use provisioning to set up your servers.

You don't have to use PXE to set up your Dell servers for the first time. You can use provisioning. Provisioning lets you communicate with each server to direct what tasks to run. You can use zero-touch functionality to boot into a network ISO, set up your hardware, or perform a scripted OS installation. Provisioning lets you complete all of these tasks without using PXE.

See About zero-touch provisioning

If you don't want to provision your Dell servers, skip to Step 5.

Step 3

Install WinRM.

WinRM lets you communicate with the DRAC card on each of your servers. It is Microsoft's standard for remote management and allows administrators to remotely execute and manage Windows computers. You must install WinRM to use some of the provisioning tasks that are provided in Deployment Solution for Dell.

See Installing WinRM

Step 4

Create the provisioning credentials.

You need to create the credentials that you want to use with all of the tasks that require authentication.

WS-MAN is the protocol that the DRAC card uses to communicate. By creating the WS-MAN credentials, you can log on to the DRAC and boot to a network ISO or manage other features of the server.

See Creating provisioning credentials

Step 5

Create Dell tasks.

You can manage your Dell servers using tasks and jobs. Tasks are individual processes, such as booting to a network ISO or configuring a DRAC card. Each task can then be scheduled and run.

Deployment Solution for Dell includes a number of predefined tasks types that you can use to create tasks.

See About deployment tasks and jobs for Dell servers

Step 6

Combine your tasks into jobs.

You can combine your Dell tasks into a comprehensive job that handles the setup and maintenance of your Dell servers.

As one of the Dell jobs, you can use provisioning to set up your brand new servers, without using PXE. By communicating with the server's DRAC card, you can use zero-touch functionality to remotely set up any servers in your environment.

See About zero-touch provisioning

See Provisioning a Dell server

For more information, view topics about combining tasks into jobs in the Deployment Solution Help.