How to create a Configuration Task.

Article:TECH109986  |  Created: 2008-01-22  |  Updated: 2013-10-22  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH109986
Article Type
Technical Solution


Issue



You want to change the configuration of a client machine and need instructions.


Solution



Ghost can be used to change machine information including changing the machine name, adding/removing a machine from a domain and assigning how an IP is to be retrieved (static or via DHCP) etc.
You have three options for changing a machine's configuration.
    1. Default: This retains the current machine configuration during a clone task
    2. Template: You can create a dynamic template that uses wildcards in the computer name so each machine is named uniquely.
    3. Custom: You can create a static template that changes the configuration and the settings will be applied equally to all machines. While you can apply this to many machines, you will not want to use this if you are renaming a set of machines.
To use the Default Configuration:
    (You will want to run this with a clone task to retain the client machine's current configuration)
    1. In the Symantec Ghost Console, in the left pane, expand the Tasks folder.
    2. Once in the Tasks pane, do one of the following:
      • Right-click, then click New Task.
      • On the File menu, click New > Task.
    3. In the Properties for New Task, type the name for the new task.
    4. Check the box for Configuration.
    5. Under the Target Machine Group/Machine, browse to the target machine/group you are cloning.
    6. Go to the Configuration tab.
    7. Select the Default option.
      • Regardless of the number of machines in this task, they will all retain their own original configurations.
    8. Save the task and execute when you are ready.
To use a Configuration Template (using wildcards):
(You can run this Configuration task all by itself or you can add it to a Clone task and the configuration will be applied once the clone is complete).
    1. In the Symantec Ghost Console, in the left pane, expand the Tasks folder.
    2. Once in the Tasks pane, do one of the following:
      • Right-click, then click New Task.
      • On the File menu, click New > Task.
    3. In the Properties for New Task, type the name for the new task.
    4. Check the box for Configuration.
    5. Under the Target Machine Group/Machine, browse to the target machine you would like to apply these changes to.
    6. Go to the Configuration tab.
    7. Select the Template option.
    8. Click on the Browse button.
    9. Highlight Configurations.
    10. Click New > New Item.
    11. Type in the name of this template.
    12. Set the configuration properties.
      • The properties are listed in the left pane. Click a property to open the corresponding window, and make the appropriate changes.
      • In the Computer Name properties, you can add wildcards to have Ghost name machines uniquely. Ghost uses asterisks for wildcards.
      • For example: If you are cloning a whole lab on the 2nd floor of the building, you could use the name Floor2Lab**. This would name the first machine Floor2Lab01 and the next machine Floor2Lab02 and the next Floor2Lab03 etc.
      • Notes:
        • Ghost will always start in the tens place with a 1 - all other wildcards will start with 0 and Ghost will count incrementally.
        • Once you have used up all possible characters, you will need to create a new template with a different name or amount of wildcards. Ghost cannot reuse any names it's already assigned even if that machine no longer exists.
        • You can use any amount of wildcards in Ghost. You will need to ensure that your naming convention is compatible with your network.
    13. Save the task and execute when you are ready.
To use a Custom Template for a Configuration Task, you will complete 2 steps:
    • Create the Configuration Resource that defines the changes you want to make.
    • Create a task to run the changes you want to make.

Create a new configuration set:
    1. In the Symantec Ghost Console, in the left pane, expand the Configuration Resources folder.
    2. Expand the Configurations folder, then select the folder in which to store the new configuration set.
    3. In the Configurations pane, do one of the following:
      • Right-click, then click New Configuration.
      • On the File menu, click New > Configuration.
    4. In the Properties For New Configuration Set window, type the name for the new configuration set.
        • The name can be anything you want, up to a maximum of 50 characters, but it must not be the same as another in the same folder.
    5. In the Target OS field, select the operating system that this configuration applies to from the following:
      • Windows 9x/Me
      • Windows NT4
      • Windows 2000/XP/Vista (the Vista option is only available in Ghost Solution Suite 2.x and newer)
    6. If you want to create a configuration set template, check Allow template settings.
      • Leave this unchecked if you want to create a custom configuration set.
      • A template can be applied to a group of computers, but a custom configuration set can be applied to individual computers only.
      • If you want to export settings, click Export, select the location in which you want to save the file, type a file name, and then click Save.
      • You can export the configuration settings of a computer to a text file, which you can then use when you apply configuration changes with the ghconfig tool. This option is enabled only if the configuration set is not a template.
    7. Set the configuration properties.
      • The properties are listed in the left pane. Click a property to open the corresponding window, and make the appropriate changes.
    8. When you have set all the configuration properties you require, click OK.
Create a task to run the Configuration set you just ran:
(You can run this Configuration task all by itself or you can add it to a Clone task and the configuration will be applied once the clone is complete).
    1. In the Symantec Ghost Console, in the left pane, expand the Tasks folder.
    2. Once in the Tasks pane, do one of the following:
      • Right-click, then click New Task.
      • On the File menu, click New > Task.
    3. In the Properties for New Task, type the name for the new task.
    4. Check the box for Configuration.
    5. Under the Target Machine Group/Machine, browse to the target machine you would like to apply these changes to.
      • There are instructions below for running a Configuration Task to a group of machines with wildcard machine names to ensure unique naming.
    6. Go to the Configuration tab.
    7. Select the Custom option.
    8. Click on the Customize button.
    9. Select the configuration you created above and drag in to the left pane and place it on top of the Client machine you want it applied to.
    10. Save the task and execute when you are ready.





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