The Manage Boot Devices Utility provides an optional method for providing IP and boot information (boot device) to target devices; as an alternative to using the traditional DHCP, PXE, and TFTP methods. Using this method, when the target device starts, it obtains the boot information directly from the boot device. With this information, the target device is able to locate, communicate, and boot from the appropriate Provisioning Server. After the user is authenticated, the Provisioning Server provides the target device with its vDisk image.
Supported Boot Devices
The following boot devices are supported in this release:
Note: The Boot Device Management utility is not supported on operating systems older than, and including, Windows 2000. Wireless NICs are not supported.
- CD-ROM (ISO)
- Hard Disk Partition
When an entire hard drive is selected as boot device, all existing disk partitions are erased and re-created with a single active partition. The targeted partition is reserved as a boot device and cannot be used by the operating system or data.
When a hard disk partition is selected as boot device, the selected disk partition data is deleted and set as an active partition. This active partition becomes the boot device.
Boot devices are configured using the Boot Device Management utility. The Manage Boot Devices utility is structured as a wizard-like application, which enables the user to quickly program boot devices.
After installing the boot device, complete the procedures that follow.