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Performing a scripted OS installation without PXE

Deployment Solution for Dell Servers

You can perform a scripted OS installation (SOI) on your Dell servers without using PXE by creating and running several different tasks.

See About deployment tasks and jobs for Dell servers

If you perform a 64-bit installation, you must boot into the 64-bit environment before copying the drivers.

See Copy Windows 2008 SOI drivers task

Table: Process for performing a scripted OS installation without PXE

Step

Action

Description

Step 1

Open the access to the drivers for the operating system on the server.

You must open the access for the drivers that match your operating system. You can choose from specific versions of the Windows, Red Hat, SUSE Linux, ESX, Hyper-V, or Citrix operating systems.

See Open access to drivers task type

Step 2

Decide if you want to use the ISO on Vflash or on the network.

You can copy the Dell-specific ISO to Vflash or use the ISO that is on the network.

If you want to use the ISO on the network, skip to Step 5.

Step 3

Copy the Dell-specific WinPE ISO to Vflash.

You need to copy the ISO to Vflash so that you can boot to it later.

See Copy Dell WinPE ISO to Vflash task type

Step 4

Boot to the ISO that is on Vflash.

You can boot your server to the ISO that you copied to Vflash, and then skip to Step 6.

See Boot to ISO on Vflash task

Step 5

Boot to the Dell-specific ISO that is on the network.

You can boot your server to the ISO that is on the network.

See Boot to Dell ISO on network task

Step 6

If you use Windows 2008, copy the SOI drivers.

You need to copy the drivers for your operating system before you close access to them.

See Copy Windows 2008 SOI drivers task

Step 7

Close the access to the drivers.

Before you can successfully perform the SOI, you need to close access to the drivers.

See Close access to drivers task

Step 8

Install the Windows OS.

Deployment Solution provides the Install Windows OS task. You can access the task type from the Manage > Jobs and Task > Create New Job or Task menu.

For a Windows 2008 SOI, you must select the answer file that contains the path to the Dell drivers.

See Modifying the answer file