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Created: 12 Sep 2012 • Updated: 22 Nov 2012 | 4 comments
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I have a number of systems using DS 7.1 that I would like to image. We are using PXE boot and DHCP to begin the boot process.

Our environment is over 200 computers and a variety of different functions for computers.

When we boot using DHCP, the notification server presents the MAC address as the host name. Is there a way to make sure that computer "test" with an ip of lets say gets it name and ip each time it boots? Our issue is that with over 200 machines, how do we know what machine is what by looking at a MAC address in the notification server?

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Sachin_Joshi5's picture


You can use predefined computer functionality here.

1. You have a to import a list that has machine names, MAC Address.
2. Then set pxe preboot image for predefined computers on NBS general settings page.
3. Boot machines into pxe, they will automatically get the name assigned that is associated with MAC address in .csv list & boot in PXE environment.
4. Now all machines will reflect  with computername & IP(DHCP assigned) in NS console.

Csv file format

;Name MAC Address 
Linux1 xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx
Rhel6.1S xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx

Hope this helps.


ianatkin's picture

The advice above is sound, but I am curious -could you give a screen shot of what you are seeing? When I boot unknown machines with DS7.1 into WinPE from PXE, I get names of 'minitn-xxx'.

Kind Regards,

Ian Atkin, IT Services, Oxford University, UK

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Thomas Baird's picture

We also have a report that helps you to "find" computers based on various options, including IP, MAC, UUID, and Serial#

Thomas Baird
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SysAdmin_D's picture

@Thomas Baird

May I ask where that erport is? New to SMP and am just getting into image deployments and scripted installs. That would certainly helpful. And any Best Practice link for Deployment Solution would go a long way. Thanks.