Altiris Deployment Solution offers enhanced Dell* server deployment capability that dramatically reduces the time and cost of deploying and managing your Dell servers. Deployment Solution uses pre-built scripts to quickly and easily deploy Dell servers from bare metal. Deployment jobs enable you to update and configure hardware and system settings (including BIOS, RAID, and DRAC configurations), deploy a Microsoft Windows* or Linux operating system, install applications (databases and e-mail servers), and more—all from a central, remote console.
The following are new features in this release of Deployment Solution for Dell Servers:
Altiris® Deployment Solution™ software provides the infrastructure and core functionality used by Deployment Solution for Dell Servers. Before using this product, you should be familiar with the functionality and requirements of Deployment Solution.
Deployment Solution for Dell Servers 3.1 SP1 has the following requirements in addition to those of Deployment Solution 6.9 SP1:
This release provides support for the servers included in version 2.6 of the Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit (DTK).
Files are copied from your installation disks to a file share to automate scripted installations. During initial configuration, you are prompted to provide the installation files for each operating system you want to deploy using scripted installations.
Drivers for each of your Dell server models can be located and copied automatically from your Dell Server Assistant CDs or Dell System Build and Update Utility DVD. This eliminates the need to manually collect and provide the correct drivers to perform scripted installations.
During initial configuration, you are prompted for these CDs or DVDs that support your systems (supported systems are listed on the front of each disc). If you do not have these discs available, images can be downloaded from ftp://ftp.dell.com/sysman/.
Jobs are provided to perform scripted installations of the following operating systems:
You can download released versions of Altiris products from http://www.altiris.com/Download.aspx.
You can download beta versions of Altiris products from http://beta.altiris.com.
Download files for the Microsoft WinPE and Linux pre-boot or automation environments are available from the Deployment Solution for Dell Servers download page.
Go to http://www.altiris.com/Download.aspx and select the appropriate version of Deployment Solution for Dell Servers.
Complete installation instructions are contained in the Deployment Solution for Dell Servers 3.1 SP1 documentation, available at http://www.altiris.com/support/documentation.
To upgrade, perform a standard installation as outlined in the Deployment Solution for Dell Servers 3.1 SP1 documentation, available at http://www.altiris.com/support/documentation.
Any existing folder named “Dell” within the Deployment Share will be renamed to “Dell_prev” during an upgrade. Any Dell jobs that exist prior to an upgrade will remain intact, but their references to the “Dell” directory in the Deployment Share may need to be redirected to the “Dell_prev” folder to operate properly.
Performing an upgrade has the following effects:
Deployment Console jobs-folder
The jobs from the previous version should still appear in the Deployment Console in the folder named according to the version(e.g. "Deployment Solution for Dell Servers v3.1 Linux, etc."). The new jobs in the Deployment Console will be in a separate folder named according to the version and pre-boot environment (e.g. "Deployment Solution for Dell Servers v3.1 SP1 Linux").
Deployment Share file-system folder
The Deployment Share is usually located in the file system in "C:\ProgramFiles\Altiris\eXpress\Deployment Server\". The old "Dell" file-system folder in the Deployment Share will have been renamed to "Dell_prev" (or to something like"Dell_prev1" if a "Dell_prev" folder already existed). A new file-system folder named "Dell" containing the version 3.1 SP1 files will have been created in the Deployment Share.
Deployment Console tools menu
The tools menu in the Deployment Console is updated to refer to the new version 3.1 SP1 items. The previous versions of each utility (Configuration Utility, Job Builder, Configuration Wizard), will reside in their respective “Dell_prev” folder, but their use is not supported, as they may not interact correctly with the updated database schema.
|Close button in the Job Builder sometimes needs to be clicked twice to get the Job Builder to close||36597|
|Scripted installations of Windows Server 2003 R2 sometimes do not install the R2 disk||36602|
|Canceling during copy of OS Source files may prevent creation of new OS Configuration with the same name||36696|
|User still logged on after Windows 2003 scripted install||44154|
|Invalid unattend.txt during Windows 2000 scripted install||44472|
|Configure firmware jobs in Linux may report incorrect return code||45494|
|Scripted OS installs fail with "There is not enough space to add or resize partition" message||47144|
|Problem with Supplemental (.supp) file during install.||40464|
|Clients in automation can't contact the DS server.||26140|
|SUSE Linux scripted installation fails on PowerEdge M600 and PowerEdge M605||39895|
|"Invalid pre-boot environment detected" loop while trying to run job.||39898|
|Apply DUP in SUSE Linux production log retrieval fails.||39889|
|Install OMSA Agent Job fails on system running SUSE Linux||39894|
|Configure firmware (System, DRAC, BMC, or BIOS) jobs return with an error, even when a configuration file that has not been altered is used with the job.||26154|
|Scripted installations of Windows 2003 (any flavor) using the Linux preboot environment take a long time and sometimes appear to freeze.||26173|
|Supported versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Dell servers.||26200|
|What RAID controllers are supported only by the Linux DTK.||26204|
|Configure RAID job fails when trying to delete a virtual disk on a system shortly after it was created||26207|
|Some older versions of Windows 2000 have limitations on the length of the OemPnpDriversPath line in the unattend.txt file.||26214|
|Configure System job (WinPE or Linux) returns error 134, "An invalid line was found in the input file"||30751|
|Creating a virtual disk with more than 12 disks fails in WinPE on some controllers||36576|
|Blue screen during scripted install of Windows Server 2003 on 1655, 1750, or 1855 server||36651|
|Error: "The system cannot find the file specified" when running DS for Dell jobs||36656|
|Error: "An invalid line was found in the input file" when using a configuration file on multiple systems||36678|
|Out-of-band power control doesn't work with Dell 1855 Blades (BMC).||37605|
|Configuring System Firmware, then DRAC back to back may fail on PowerEdge M600/M605 blades||39994|
|PE1855 displays I/O error message when attempting to install RHEL5||41028|
|NMI error when launching Linux install when using WinPE||41027|
|Failure to boot into initial deployment||40835|
|Does the Dell 1855 support 64-bit operating systems?||43345|
|Unknown error while configuring DRAC on PEM905||44155|
|Production agent fails to install on scripted installs after upgrade to 3.1 SP1||44193|
|Unable to retrieve drivers from Dell OpenManage 5.5 SMTD DVD||44191|
|How to manually retrieve drivers from the Dell SMTD DVD||44246|
|Configure RAID job hangs while evaluating RAID rules||44262|
|Unable to install Deployment Solution for Dell Servers using SQL authentication||44306|
|Unable to create scripted OS install jobs or restore default jobs||44509|
|Blue Screen after performing Windows scripted OS install despite providing mass storage drivers||44994|
|iDRAC update packages for new Blade Servers downloaded to ESM folder||46147|
|Altiris Agent Fails to Free Resources if Connection is Rejected||46347|
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|Where do I find demo, or "getting started", videos for Deployment Solution for Dell Servers 3.1 SP1?||demo videos|
|How do I update the utility partition image?||36594|
|How do I change the network path of the OS source files for Linux installations?||36595|
|What files are required to be on the DS server for Linux installations?||36596|
|What are the differences between blades and regular servers as far as dynamic RAID configuration is concerned?||36636|
|How do I remove Deployment Solution for Dell Servers 3.1 SP1 Beta?||43423|
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