A master target device refers to a target device from which a hard disk image is built and stored on a vDisk. Provisioning Services then streams the contents of the vDisk created from the master target device to other target devices.
However, the Provisioning Services Common Image Utility allows a single vDisk to simultaneously support different motherboards, network cards, video cards, and other hardware devices.
If target devices will be sharing a vDisk, the master target device serves as a template for all subsequent diskless target devices as they are added to the network. It is crucial to prepare the hard disk of the master target device be prepared correctly and to install all software on it in the correct order.
Follow the instructions below after installing and configuring the Provisioning Server and creating target devices.
Software must be installed on the Master Target Device in the following order:
- Windows operating system
- Device drivers
- Service packs updates
- Target device software
Applications can be installed before or after the target device software is installed. If target devices will be members of a domain, and will share a vDisk, additional configuration steps must be completed (refer to Managing Domain Computer Accounts, before proceeding with the installation).
The following steps describe how to configure the target devices system’s BIOS and the BIOS extension provided by the network adapter, to boot from the network. Different systems have different BIOS setup interfaces – if necessary, consult the documentation that came with your system for further information on configuring these options.
- If the target device BIOS has not yet been configured, re-boot the target device and enter the system’s BIOS setup. (To get to BIOS setup, press the F1, F2, F10 or Delete key during the boot process. The key varies by manufacturer).
- Set the network adapter to On with PXE.
Note: Depending on the system vendor, this setting may appear differently.
- Configure the target device to boot from LAN or Network first. Optionally, select the Universal Network Driver Interface; UNDI first, if using a NIC with Managed Boot Agent (MBA) support.
Note: On some older systems, if the BIOS setup program included an option that permitted you to enable or disable disk-boot sector write protection, ensure that the option is disabled before continuing.
- Save changes, then exit the BIOS setup program.
- Boot the target device from its hard drive over the network to attach the vDisk to the target device.