The Master Target
Device is typically different from subsequent target devices because it
initially contains a hard disk. This is the hard disk that will be imaged to
the vDisk. If necessary, after imaging, the hard disk can be removed from the
Master Target Device.
In order to
support a single vDisk, that is shared by multiple target devices, those
devices must have certain similarities to ensure that the operating system has
all required drivers. The three key components that must be consistent include
- Network card, which must
- Video card
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 that the hard disk of Master Target Device be prepared properly and all
software is installed on it in the proper order:
Note: 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 order that follows:
- Windows Operating System
- Device Drivers
- Service Packs Updates
- Target Device Software
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).
Note: Dual boot vDisk
images are not supported.