In some circumstances you may want to boot a computer into automation and have the client machine simply wait there for additional instructions. This article discusses how a client can be compelled to boot to automation and wait there for additional instructions.
If the known client in automation sees that it does not have a task it will display the message:
“Connection Closed, Session Terminated” and will reboot to the production environment.
If a “known” client computer does not have a task to perform it will not usually stay booted to an Automation environment - it will check in to the console briefly ("Client record Updated"), the console will report back to that agent that there are no tasks for it to perform, the agent will then reboot to production Windows after displauying the message "Connection Closed, Session Terminated".
“Known” client computers are computers that appear in the “Computers” panel in the Ghost console because:
This article refers to Ghost Solution Suite clients that are running the Altiris Deployment Agent. It does not apply to Ghost Standard Tools.
Ghost Solution Suite treats new computers differently then managed computers while in automation. A new computer (unmanaged) will be instructed to wait if it is an automation agent that first communicates with the console. The machine will appear in the New Computers list. The computer will stay in automation indefinitely until you schedule work on the machine.
To make a managed computer a new computer:
(The above steps only apply if you haven't configured Initital Deployment within the Ghost Solution Suite. With Initial Deployment configured, new computers will either run the default job or be presented with a menu of jobs to choose from.)