Configuration



  • Do you have a step by step guide on how to do the following:

    1. Set the boot so that it does not ask to register or name system (on download). Just connect to the On Demand console.

    2. Instead of option one, switch quickly to an alternate boot where it connects automatically to a fixed mulitcast session. I notice the session number changes each time, for scripting we would want this number to stay the same. All machines are always in the lab and physically accessible.

    3. We need the above menu options to not get overwritten when we hit update boot options.

    We are a small PC shop and want to use this software to image machines being sent out to customers. For example, say we do 20 computers. We want to select the image for deployment in the console and set the multicast to 20 clients. We then just want to hit the reset button on all the machines and have them automatically connect to and start the download without any prompting whatsoever. We don't need the systems named since they will all be in factory audit mode and syspreped before shipping. I have been authorized to make a donation for direct some customization assistance.



  • Is this related to your other post? Is this only for the WinPE imaging environment or Linux and WinPE?



  • For this application we can live with Linux. We are using Passmark BurnIn Test under Windows PE for our testing. There is a linux version of Passmark but its above my pay grade to figure how to integrate it all into one boot. If there is a way to do the above under PE then we have to merge the two PE's to make sure all the dependencies are there.



  • Ok, then Linux it is.

    For Option 1, I think this already exists if I understand correctly. Have you looked at clobber mode?

    Option 2 is basically the same as option 1 but for multicast correct? This isn't implemented but should be fairly simple to do.



  • Yes, for option 1 I just set the menu option to "On Demand". Option 2 would then be very helpful if there is a quick way to choose vs rewriting the boot menu each time. As long as the multicast session number stays "fixed".



  • I think I'm starting to get confused. In your post you said.
    [quote]We then just want to hit the reset button on all the machines and have them automatically connect to and start the download without any prompting whatsoever[/quote]
    Clobber mode does this and makes it so that zero user intervention is required, not even selecting anything from the pxe boot menu. Like I said this doesn't exist yet for multicast. On demand does not satisfy that requirement because you need to pick from a few menu options. On the other hand the only way to truly make it with zero prompts is to rewrite the default boot menu

    [quote]Option 2 would then be very helpful if there is a quick way to choose vs rewriting the boot menu each time.[/quote]
    Again this could be done from the on demand menu, but requires user intervention.

    Sorry we are not really on the same page, I'm just trying to fully understand this before I take the time to implement something.



  • I did not see much instruction on clobber mode. I will take a look again. If clobber can be made to work with multicast and a set number of systems then maybe that's the way to go.