Deployment Solution for Dell Servers 3.1 Release Notes

Article:DOC1568  |  Created: 2008-03-13  |  Updated: 2008-05-27  |  Article URL
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What is new in Deployment Solution for Dell Servers 3.1?


Altiris® Deployment Solution™ for Dell Servers 3.1

Release Notes


New Features in this Release




Known Issues

Known Limitations


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.

New Features in This Release

The following are new features in this release of Deployment Solution for Dell Servers:

  • Support for the latest version of the Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit (DTK version 2.5).
  • Scripted install jobs for Windows Server 2008 (Longhorn).
  • Integration with Deployment Solution 6.9.
  • Support of WinPE 2.x pre-boot environment.
  • Improved stability.


System Requirements

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 has the following requirements in addition to those of Deployment Solution 6.9:

  • Installation of Deployment Solution for Dell Servers on Windows 2000 is not supported.
  • The Deployment server, console, and datastore (deployment share) must be installed on the same machine as Deployment Solution for Dell Servers.

Supported Dell Servers

This release provides support for the servers included in version 2.5 of the Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit (DTK).

Operating System Installation Files for Scripted Installations

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.

Dell Server Assistant CDs or Dell System Build and Update Utility DVD for Windows 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

Supported Platforms for Scripted Installations

Jobs are provided to perform scripted installations of the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2008 (32 and 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 (all versions, 32 and 64-bit)
  • Windows 2000 Server and 2000 Advanced Server
  • Red Hat* Enterprise Linux AS 3, 4, and 5 (all versions, 32 and 64-bit)
  • Red Hat* Enterprise Linux ES 3, 4, and 5 (all versions, 32 and 64-bit)
  • SUSE* Linux Enterprise Server 10 (32 and 64-bit)

Where to Download

You can download released versions of Altiris products from

You can download beta versions of Altiris products from


Complete installation instructions are contained in the Deployment Solution for Dell Servers 3.1 documentation, available at


To upgrade, perform a standard installation as outlined in the Deployment Solution for Dell Servers 3.1 documentation, available at

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 v3.0 SP1 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 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 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 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.

Known Issues

 Description  Article ID
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
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
What are the differences between blades and regular servers as far as dynamic RAID configuration is concerned?  36636
Canceling during copy of OS Source files may prevent creation of new OS Configuration with the same name  36696
Unsuccessful RAID configurations under WinPE are visible under status detail, but do not fail job.  41313
Mass storage drivers aren't provided to machines that have LSI SAS controllers when performing Windows 2008 install.  41538
Dell DUP environment cannot map Deployment Share when digital signing is enabled.  41740

Known Limitations

 Description  Article ID
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 9g 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 Red Hat install when using WinPE  41027
IPMI Power Control Discovery does not find machines running Windows 2003 64bit  41032
Failure to boot into initial deployment  40835
Bad PBR Signature or Missing Operating System error  42836
Does the Dell 1855 support 64-bit operating systems?  43345

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