About Initial Deployment settings

Article:HOWTO63381  |  Created: 2011-12-15  |  Updated: 2011-12-15  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO63381
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About Initial Deployment settings

Initial deployment lets you select a task or a job to run on the client computers that are connected in a network but are unknown to the Symantec Management Platform. The client computers, which are unknown to the Symantec Management Platform are known as unmanaged computers.

The unmanaged computer boots from a network card and asks for a PXE server. The PXE server receives this request and compares the computer against the list of known computers. After the PXE server determines that the computer is unknown it sends a preboot image to the computer. This preboot image is the image that you configured in the PXE Server Configuration page to respond to the unknown computers.

See About Pre-boot eXecution Environment (PXE).

After the unknown computer receives the preboot PXE image, the pre-OS runs and requests a task server. Because the computer is unknown, it receives an initial deployment menu that contains a preconfigured job or task. According to the default job or the task set for the initial deployment, the task is scheduled on the client computers.The menu also specifies how long the preconfigured tasks must display on the client computers.

See Configuring the initial deployment settings

You can configure the initial deployment settings through the following options:

  • Settings > Deployment > Initial Deployment menu

  • Settings > All Settings > Deployment and Migration > Initial Deployment option

The fields of the Initial Deployment dialog box or pane and their descriptions are as follows:

Table: Intial Deployment



On initial deployment boot, display the task menu for

Lets you set the time period to display the task menu for configuring the unknown computers in the preboot environment.

You can set the time in seconds, minutes, or hours.

After which

Lets you select from the following options:

  • Run default task selected below

    Select this option to run the default task that you select in the table below.

  • Shut down the computer

    Select this option if you want the unknown computer to shut down after booting. s

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