2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 28, 2009 5:47 PM by Dthompkins

    OS Deployment at remote locations?

    Apprentice

      Looking for options for OS deployment at remote locations. Currently we have 750+ retail sites with 6 to 10 terminals per location. Currently if we have the need to re-image a system we have to build it at our office and ship it out to the location. We build systems via PXE booting into WINPE and selecting the apropriate HII script. This obviously creates down time along with the additonal costs of shipping. Unfortunantly we have limited bandwidth and imaging across the LAN isn't really an option. I am wondering if LANDesk has any built in functionality that would allow us to cache the image on a peer at the remote location to perform the OSD on the local LAN. Any help or ideas with this would be appreciated.

       

      Thanks,

       

      Mike

        • 1. Re: OS Deployment at remote locations?
          dgaines Apprentice

          We have been able to use the PXE menu and a script to do imaging at all of our remote sites.    We have a trigger in our database that sets a preferred server entry on all clients to point them to their local server.  The script references that value and the programs and files are loaded from that local server.

          • 2. Re: OS Deployment at remote locations?
            Apprentice

            LANDesk can cache an image on a peer, though it is a bit outside of the box thinking and it may not be practical considering the fact that if the terminal with the cached image fails you're a bit stuck.  What I've done at some sites similar to yours is to have a separate partition on all of the systems which I use to copy the latest image and drivers down to via landesk while the system is operational.  Using LANDesk's targeted multicast and peer level download allows you to trickle the image over the WAN without saturating your links. Once this is done, you can create jobs to image systems from one partition to the other, which would be accessible via PXE.  You can get creative and have the script identify another machine on the same subnet, map a share to it's secondary partition, and use the image and drivers on that if the entire drive goes as well.  I imagine if you had a server with storage space at each retail location you would leverage those instead of trying to image from a central location.

             

            A bit of a side question:  You have  at least 750 PXE representatives to service each of the retail sites?  It sounds like there are some other options available to help minimize the footprint as well as some OS deployment and provisioning solutions that we at BizCarta have developed which would help you tremendously.  If you'd like, I can ask one of our US consultants to contact you and tell you a bit more about it...

             

            ~DT