How do I set up and use Initial Deployment?
Initial Deployment is a default job designed to aid in the process of setting up computers that do not yet exist in the Deployment Database. Initial Deployment allows you to define how computers are initially set up after being identified by the Deployment Server.
You can define various computer configuration sets and deployment jobs to present to the user during startup, allowing the user to select the computer settings and hard disk images and software for their specific needs and environment. New computers will appear in the New Computers group in the Computers pane of the Deployment Server Web Console.
To access Initial Deployment features, click Initial Deployment in the Jobs pane of the Deployment Server Web Console.
Note: Initial Deployment is ideal for small-scale deployments (1 to 10 computers). This feature is not recommended for large deployments (10 to 100 computers) or mass deployments (100 to 5,000) where you would use virtual computers, customized jobs, and the computer import feature.
Initial Deployment consists of three tabs with separate features to deploy new computers:
Click Initial Deployment in the Jobs pane to access this page. To set up more precise scheduling of Initial Deployment, enter values for Run Options.
Click the Configurations tab in Initial Deployment to configure different sets of computer properties. Each configuration set will be presented to the user in a menu. The user will be able to select the configuration set designed for their environment. Compare the Configuration tab with the Jobs tab.
To create new configuration
Click the Jobs tab in Initial Deployment to add existing jobs or create new jobs to run on the new computer. The jobs you add or build using this page will be listed in a menu and presented to the user during startup. The user will be able to choose deployment jobs to image the computer and install applications. Compare the Jobs tab with the Configurations tab.
To add jobs
Disabling Initial Deployment
To disable Initial Deployment