DS 7.1 - Single Task Sever Job - Cannot Peform Full Deployment Automation By Itself
Created: 29 Jul 2010 | 2 comments
So, I ran down the road of DS 7.1. Lots of potential, less architecture needed...the wave of the future and all those good things. And I believe it is the way to go for the future.
However, we have one major problem right now and it is the biggest "miss the mark" in history of deployment software in my mind.
- Create a Client Job
- Add the following tasks:
- Boot to Automation: PXE
- Deploy Image
- Boot to Production
- Quick Delivery Software: App A
- Quick Delivery Software: App B
- Quick Delivery Software: App C
- Quick Delivery Software: App D
- Quick Delivery Software: App …etc.
- At first approach you think: Yes, this will work and this be the answer I was looking for…great!
Then you find out two things about brand new computers found during initial deployment or imported CSV computers:
- If you assign the client job to initial deployment = job fail
- If you drag and drop the job on a computer that has reported into WinPE as minint…etc. = won’t allow you to schedule it ( a license error that when you KB it you find that it knows the correct plugins aren’t installed)
- Why? Because there is a logic written that prevents jobs from running tasks that are not supported by the NS server’s knowledge of the plugins installed on the client. And of course in WINPE there is not much but the pectagen at that point so it is true. But, once it boots to production after the syspreped image is laid down with all the plugins this is a mute point. The very fact that boot to production task is listed in the sequence should loosen up the rules to allow software installation jobs to run in production.
- And yes, there are work around and I have thought about them:
Copy all the packages in via WinPE once the images is laid down and then schedule scripted tasks to execute the software packages
(could I invent more reasons to not use my software repository)
- Use a SLOW managed software delivery chained software install
- Don’t even think about targeting all computer and using detection rules – this doesn’t work for so many companies for so many reasons
- So this is my appeal: One Altiris task server job get it done from soup to nuts…..end of story. Please let me know when we can get there or if I missed something in my DS 7.1 adventures that allows this to happen.