So I have been working on the OSD/Prov module for several weeks now. It has taken some time to understand everything involved and to get base images working. What I want to know is how do you all instruct your technicians on how to deploy an image?
I wanted to make several policies based on different image configurations, have them add their devices to Bare Metal Server, then drag and drop into policies. I was hoping this way all they had to do is was hit start now, then boot to network. This works for the initial batch, but it seems if we add other computers to the image policy after the fact they do not pick up and go. I am presented with the F8 Menu... My delivery method is Policy, Required Installation.
So, I then found if you add computers to the same policy then choose start now, any computers previous that are in the middle of processing the template will fail out.
If I have the techs schedule their jobs individually their my tasks become a complete mess. And LANDesk does not do a good job of naming each task, they are all named the same so failures will be impossible to track. This is also true if they boot up into LANDesk PE and choose from the list.
I guess my overall question is why can we not create a policy for this and just add computers to it on the fly? Am I missing something? Or is it possibly broke? We deploy up to 30 new images a day, 90 during our computer refresh program. I am trying to sort all this out by spring to be ready for that. We are new customers to LANDesk, about a year old, and looking for ideas.