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 are the:
- Network card, which must support PXE
- Video card
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.
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 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).
Note: Dual boot vDisk images are not supported.