Deployment Solution provides the option to perform the scripted OS installation for Windows and Linux computers over the network. Scripted OS installation task reduces cost and complexity of OS deployment on remote client computers. You can remotely provision any desktop, laptop, or server with a single scripted installation independent of computer hardware configuration. Scripted OS installations provide a reliable and a customizable method for deployment in heterogeneous hardware environments and an efficient way to build and maintain master configurations. Applications and files can also be integrated with scripted installations, enabling complete system provisioning.
Client computers can join domain without having inventory but the inventory data option must be selected. FQDN must be used as domain credential. For example, Symantec.com\user and not Symantec\user.
You can create an operating system package and decide what source files are included in that package. The source files include all of the files that you require for a scripted install.
You can use the Install Windows OS or Install Linux/ESX OS tasks to perform a scripted install for Windows or Linux computers
You can add files to your package through Settings > Deployment > OS Files menu. You can provide a name and description to the package that you create and also select the operating system for which you add the OS files. The package is created on the computer on which SMP is installed, which is later replicated to the Package Server, which is configured for Deployment Solution.You can delete files from the package, that is in the database. If the physical OS files exist in other places, the files are not deleted from those locations.
After an OS installation task is executed, if a duplicate resource is created, then it is due to changing the MAC address and name of the computer simultaneously. This generally occurs for virtual computers as by default,as these computers use randomly generated MAC addresses that can change. To avoid this, ensure that all virtual computers have statically defined MAC addresses before changing the Computer name or Domain name.