Follow the guidelines below for adding additional sharepoints for files, images, and data to be stored for use by Deployment Solution 6.1 build and higher.
Note: All drive mappings must have the same drive letter available to DOS.
Installing the Remote PXE Server
Note: The client's BIOS needs to be set as Network Boot as First Boot Order inorder to be managed by PXE Server.
Deployment Solution 6.1 only: On the Deployment Server, map a drive to the new share location where the images and files are to be stored (not the Datastore). Map a network drive to point to the share for the images using the format X:\<servername>\share and choose to reconnect at logon.
Deployment Solution 6.1 only: Open the Altiris Deployment Server control panel (Start > All Programs > Altiris > Deployment Solution > Configuration) and add the drive mapping under Drive Mappings. Use the Browse button to navigate to the new share from the network neighborhood so it will have a UNC path. It should look like this:
X: \\server\share (image storage)
Note: Don't point to the mapped drive on the workstation computer or an error will occur. It can't be X: path X:.
Choose OK, and the message “The service needs to restart for this to apply” will appear. Click OK to restart the service. If an error occurs and the computer can't be restarted, the drive mapping was incorrect or the share is not available for authentication.
Note: The service can also be started by going to the Run command and typing c:\express\axengine.exe.
Deployment Solution 6.1 only: Re-create the BootWorks boot files and add the newly mapped drive at the Network Drive Mappings window. The F: drive is the default and should not be changed. Choose the same letter for the new share location that was used in step 2. The path should be the UNC path.
Note: BootWorks requires a username and password that can access both shares (F: and the new mapping).
Deployment Solution 6.5 and Deployment Solution 6.8: Within the PXE configuration: Step 9 of 12. Edit the DOS Managed Boot file.
Make sure within the Create or Deploy image job the check box for Local Image Store is checked. This should be checked if the images are stored at a different location, either locally or on a different drive.
Disable Image path Validation
In the Mapdrv.bat file should look like this
You can add the "pause" statement between the mappings to troubleshoot the issue.
See article 21313, "How to properly configure PXE image/Rdeploy to use a dual NIC DS," for more information.
In the LMhost file:
# For example:
# 126.96.36.199 server1 # main office server
# 188.8.131.52 joe3 # joe's database server
Important: Save changes. In the upper-right corner, there is an icon of a floppy disk. Select Next and re-compile your boot image. Step 10 of 11.
It is very important to make sure in the PXE configuration: DS tab > Default boot option is the Automation Boot ( DOS, Linux, WinPE). Also within the Disk image job, select the Default Boot option > Automation Boot.
PXE images: Within the mapdrv.bat file of the PXE boot image also needs the new share image location.
UNC paths can be used instead of Drive letters.
Within the Image job, make sure the Local Image Store option is checked. If the image is stored on a different share other than the eXpress share, this needs to be checked for all versions of Deployment Server. Also make sure the Image path is the same drive letter as your stored images.
G:\RemoteServername\image Within the Control Panel> Altiris Deployment Server> Options> Drive Maping> Select G Drive. \\SERVERNAME\Images
By default when you create a share the permission is set to read only. When clicking on the folder created (with it shared) and selecting Sharing and Security. Under the Share tab there is a button for Permissions. This is where the "Everyone" group by default does not have Write privileges.
Make sure when making any changes to the PXE boot files to Save changes and re-compile the Boot File.
If a folder is missing when testing the map drive. Fiber Line connections to alternate drives. Test the Share connection: DOS Dir to map to g drive and you notice the Image folder is missing. May need to create a sub folder in the image folder. Example: G:\\Images\SubFolder name
Winpe Drive Map:
1-Another network drive was created (for storing images) using a share location also called "eXpress". The Altiris drive was being assigned to the wrong "eXpress" share location.
Create a folder called Images2 under the remote share instead and use this map share instead.
Usually a remote share is called C:Images
Edit the Managed Winpe boot image to use the 'I' drive \\servername\Images
Regenerate the Winpe Managed boot file.
2- 'F' Drive may be used on a remote share for another drive. When the client tries to boot into automation and maps the drive (using WinPE or DOS) it records a "System error 85 has occurred. The local device name is already in use." error.
a. Edit the WinPE PXE configuration and move the drive designation for the eXpress share from F to another lower letter such as I. Rebuild the entire WinPE boot file and save before testing the new configuration.
b. Change the Drive mapping to 'I' in the control panel> Deployment Configuration> Options> Drive Mappings for remote share >
Give the same permissions on the Image folder as the default eXpress share.
The 'X' Drive is common for CDrom for Winpe
If Remote share is on a different physical box:
If Remote share is on a same physical box.
To troubleshoot shares:
Try to run your imaging job again. When you see "Press F2 for Diagnostics" press F2 and choose Exit. At the DOS prompt type "net use" to report drive mappings. Are the mappings correct?
net use G: "\\servername\express" /user:username password
Make sure the user does reside on the computer where you want to store the image.
Create a Run Script Job using the DOS Automation in your environment. Within the Run Script section Type
f:\RDeploy\dos\RdeployT.exe -noprompt -md -fP:\Test.img
The Test.img change to your Image name.
Mapping internal alias hard drives under the eXpress share.
Also Create a Network boot disk in Boot Disk Creator and add the additional shares.
Next test to verify shares:
From Client side use DOS command prompt type net use \\servername\express.
xcopy \\Servername\express\filename.txt C:\Filename.txt
It should copy the file directly on the client in the root of C:
From the client side again
It should delete the filename.txt from the express share.
What is PXE Redirection and how is it used in DS 6.5? (24298) this is the same theory for DS 6.8