Deployment Solution lets you manage client computers using jobs and tasks. Tasks are individual activities such as creating a computer image, installing Windows operating system, and so on. You can create and customize these tasks for the activities that you perform frequently.
For example, If you frequently boot computers using a PXE image, then you can create a task from the Boot To task with the PXE/Netboot image that you want to boot the client computer with. After the deployment task is created, it is added in the task list under the Deployment and Migration folder. You can view the tasks by navigating in the console through Manage > Jobs and Tasks > Deployment and Migration. You can right-click and select properties on a task to view the properties of the task.
Jobs are a combination of tasks that are scheduled and executed in an orderly manner on specific computers.
For example, if you want to boot the client computers in pre-OS state and install Windows OS, you can create tasks such as Boot to PXE, Install Windows 2003 OS and club both these tasks into a Job and schedule them or run them when required.
If a computer does not yet have the Symantec Management Agent or the Deployment plug-in installed, you can import a predefined computer. Predefined computers let you assign jobs to unmanaged computers.
You can create Client Jobs and Server Jobs in Symantec Management Platform. These two job types are identical with one exception. Server Jobs guarantee that the exact same task sequence and execution path is followed for all nodes. For example, the logic for a job specifies that the job stops if one of the tasks fails. When that task fails or times out in one node, that job stops for all of the nodes.
Deployment Solution provides the following predefined tasks.
You can also create many other types of tasks that work with Deployment Solution to add more functionality. For example, you can create the following types of tasks:
A Run Script task that lets you use a scripting language such as Perl or Python. The Run Script task supports many scripting languages and predefined tokens.
For more information, search for run script task topics in the Symantec Management Platform Help.
An inventory task that gathers much more information than the Deployment Solution reports provide. The inventory tasks are listed in the Symantec Management Console on the Create New Task page under Discovery and Inventory.
A Power Control task that provides many of the capabilities that were included in previous versions of the Deployment Solution product.
For more information, search for power control task topics in the Symantec Management Platform Help.
A Power Management task that integrates out-of-bounds (OOB) management capabilities with traditional Deployment Solution tasks.
For more information, search for power management topics in the Real-Time Console Infrastructure Help.