4 Replies Latest reply on Jun 13, 2012 1:12 PM by EMiranda

    OSD for remote locations

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      What I am looking for is  ---  An appliance type device that we will be able to use for LANDesk – Windows 7 deployment to like our 500+ field offices. We want to get rid of shipping of machines that require new image. Instead a represntative can go to sites and Deploy OS using this appliance device.

       

      ·      Do companies using LANDesk have used such device?

      ·      If so what kind of devices have folks tried to use?

      ·      It has to be a plug and play type device that we could configure and then ship to the different locations and plug it in and have it get the DHCP IP address and be up and running and ready for us?

      ·      We are not looking for a rack mounted type device, we want it to be as mobile as possible with lots of storage?

      ·      We want to know that it has been tested and used with LANDesk for deploying Windows 7 image?

       

      Any inputs will be greatly appreciated.

        • 1. Re: OSD for remote locations
          EMiranda Expert

          We have almost 700 locations and we use the NetGear ReadyNAS Duo at these locations.  We store our image, drivers, software and patches on these devices.  We add them into preferred servers and they work really well for patching, software distribution and imaging.  For imaging we use the tool prefrep.exe which can be found here on the forums that will map to the preferred server and then you can image from the NAS device. We do preferred server vboot imaging for machines that can still work and machines that dont work we either have a PXE at their location or we ship them a DVD.

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          • 2. Re: OSD for remote locations
            Rookie

            @ EMiranda: I have a distributed environment where I'm setting up preferred servers as well, and have gone thru Jan Buellen's blog & documentation, have the prefmap tools etc. etc. Can you provide details though on how/where exactly you're using the prefmap script? I've spent so much time searching the forums & haven't found anything specifically documenting this!! Extremely frustrating...in my OSD script I've managed to save an image to my local preferred server, where I'm spinning my wheels is figuring out where that prefmap tool comes in when I want to drop that image onto a new machine/VM etc. (i.e is it entered in my OSD or provisioning script, or in the WinPE environment from a command prompt??)

            Any direction you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

             

            Thx!

            • 3. Re: OSD for remote locations
              Specialist

              If each site is part of the WAN/MAN/LAN you could send your representives to each site with a laptop that serves as a PXE Representative and Images share. That is what we do, just clone the production templates and use template variables to swap out \\IMAGESHARE\Image with \\LAPTOPHOSTNAME\Image.

              • 4. Re: OSD for remote locations
                EMiranda Expert

                gbelgrave wrote:

                 

                @ EMiranda: I have a distributed environment where I'm setting up preferred servers as well, and have gone thru Jan Buellen's blog & documentation, have the prefmap tools etc. etc. Can you provide details though on how/where exactly you're using the prefmap script? I've spent so much time searching the forums & haven't found anything specifically documenting this!! Extremely frustrating...in my OSD script I've managed to save an image to my local preferred server, where I'm spinning my wheels is figuring out where that prefmap tool comes in when I want to drop that image onto a new machine/VM etc. (i.e is it entered in my OSD or provisioning script, or in the WinPE environment from a command prompt??)

                Any direction you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

                 

                Thx!

                 

                Ill try my best.

                 

                I just add the lines below in my OSD script

                 

                REMEXEC19=sdclient /f /o /dest=x:\ldclient\prefmap.exe /p=http://%CUSTJOBHOSTIP%/landesk/files/prefmap.exe
                REMEXEC20=sdclient /f /o /dest=x:\ldclient\runenv.exe /p=http://%CUSTJOBHOSTIP%/landesk/files/runenv.exe
                REMEXEC21=ldrun prefmap /var=pref 
                REMEXEC22=runenv.exe drvmap.exe domain\username 2093828203840220938203 I: <qt/>\\%pref%\ldimages<qt/>, STATUS FACILITY=3513
                
                
                

                 

                Line19 and 20 download prefmap.exe and runenv.exe from my core server.  I place those files in \\coreserver\ldmain\landesk\files

                Line 21 launches prefmap and sets the preferred server as an environment variable.  You setup the prefferred servers in the LANDesk Console under the Content Replication tab

                Line 22 replaces the drvmap command that LANDesk would have put in the script if you are mapping the drive.  you need to place runenv.exe before which is the application that reads the environment variable of your %pref%

                 

                Now your I: drive is mapped to your \\preferredserver\ldimages share and you can move forward with imaging, copying files from the preferred server.