DS7.1 What are the DS 7.x Policies use for and how should they be configured?

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What are the DS 7.x Policies and how should they be configured?  We want to be sure we have Deployment Solution configured correctly but are confused about what each policy is or what should be turned on and/or off.

Answer
The answer to that question is "it depends" because every environment is unique.  However, hopefully the information provided here will give you pretty good guidance, along with reasons, for where you should start.

Under Settings | All Settings:

Settings\Agents/Plug-ins\Deployment and Migration\Windows

  1. Deployment Automation Folder for Windows (x86) - Install.  -- Optional --  This depends on if you'll be using PXE at a location or not.  These folders are an alternative for PXE/SBS and allow your computers to boot to automation without using PXE and the associated bandwidth, which can be a very good option for production systems.  However, the folders can also cause some minor issues with XP systems or systems with unique partitioning (i.e. OEM or other multi-boot partitions).
  2. Deployment Automation Folder for Windows (x86) - Uninstall.  -- Recommended Disabled --  If enabled with #1 above, can cause a looping condition of installing, uninstalling, etc.
  3. Deployment Plug-in for Windows - Install.  -- Recommended Enabled --  Required for any Deployment tasks on your systems
  4. Deployment Plug-in for Windows - Uninstall-- Recommended Disabled --  If enabled with #3 above, can cause a looping condition of installing, uninstalling, etc.
  5. Deployment Plug-in for Windows - Upgrade.  -- Recommended Enabled --  To ensure your clients have the latest code.  Older agents can cause unforseen issues and it's best to keep your agents up-to-date with your server.
  6. Deployment Site Server Components (x86) - Install.  -- Recommended Enabled --  Required for proper functioning of Deployment tasks.  This installs SBS and the Deployment Share.  The latter is required even if you are not using PXE.
  7. Deployment Site Server Components (x86) - Uninstall.  -- Recommended Disabled --  If enabled with #6 above, can cause a looping condition of installing, uninstalling, etc.
  8. Deployment Site Server Components (x86) - Upgrade.  -- Recommended Enabled --  To ensure your site servers have the latest code.  Older agents can cause unforseen issues and it's best to keep your agents up-to-date with your server.

Settings\Deployment and Migration\Symantec Boot Services

  1. Preboot Configurations -- Recommended Enabled -- Please note that there are 2 policies here by default that should not be deleted or modified - they are essentially templates.  You should create at least one new one for use in automation, whether-or-not you are using PXE/SBS.
  2. PXE Server Configuration  -- Recommended Enabled --  NOTE:  You must click "Save Changes" on this page in DS 7.1 for this policy to be enabled correctly.  This will likely be changed in a future release, but right now, if you right-click/enable from the tree it wont work correctly.  Obviously you'll not need this policy if you're not using PXE servers but most clients find they need this at some point.
    • Remember that this is also where you can enable/disable Initial Deployment.

Settings\Deployment and Migration

All the options here are simply settings.  Initial Deployment is actually managed under PXE Server Configuration for instance.