You can restore a computer and deploy a standard, Sysprep-enabled disk image with the Deploy Image task. All of the existing data and applications on the client are lost, and the computer is restored to the state of the standard image.
If the computer has the Deployment plug-in installed, the computer configuration is saved and restored after the image is applied. The computer configuration contains the computer name, network settings, and domain.
If Initial Deployment is used, you select the configuration settings to apply to the computer after it is imaged. To deploy a new computer that does not have an operating system, use Initial Deployment.
If the computer is a member of a domain, supply the appropriate credentials to rejoin the domain. You can create an image that retains its data and software by creating a backup image. You must create a deployment task before you can run it.
See Creating an image.
For Linux operating systems, deploying disk images and backup images does not fully support the resizer file system. Image deployment supports only the SUSE Ext3 file system. If you have a resizer partition, you must use the -raw switch when you image the partition to preserve its structure.
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