+ Post New Thread
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 16 to 21 of 21
Wireless Networks Thread, Prestaging...Should I or shouldn't I? in Technical; Originally Posted by Richie_OLSJ The only manual part of the job is having to boot up via PXE, enter logon ...
  1. #16

    ZeroHour's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Posts
    5,640
    Thank Post
    894
    Thanked 1,314 Times in 798 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    441

    Re: Prestaging...Should I or shouldn't I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richie_OLSJ
    The only manual part of the job is having to boot up via PXE, enter logon details then start install
    We just need to drag and drop our rebuild command here
    Not RIS though, WinINSTALL client reset.
    We have RIS too as a backup methord.

  2. #17
    Richie1972's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Blackburn
    Posts
    239
    Thank Post
    2
    Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
    Rep Power
    18

    Re: Prestaging...Should I or shouldn't I?

    ghost licences are about £20 each i seem to recall - as we have over 500 computers we decided to go down the free route of RIS on a 2003 server. We don't need to worry about updating images and we just have to add drivers to the RIS server for new PCs

  3. #18

    ZeroHour's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Posts
    5,640
    Thank Post
    894
    Thanked 1,314 Times in 798 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    441

    Re: Prestaging...Should I or shouldn't I?

    Except if the hal type changes

  4. #19
    Richie1972's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Blackburn
    Posts
    239
    Thank Post
    2
    Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
    Rep Power
    18

    Re: Prestaging...Should I or shouldn't I?

    hal is irrelevant - we don't have RIS images - it does a RIS install on each machine - if it was an image then hal would be a problem.
    As long as the PC can PXE boot then we can install on it

  5. #20
    ajbritton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Wandsworth
    Posts
    1,632
    Thank Post
    23
    Thanked 75 Times in 45 Posts
    Rep Power
    34

    Re: Prestaging...Should I or shouldn't I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box
    Prestaging is fantastic. It also makes the PC's self-healing as they replace any corrupt files (where possible) from the source. They also name themselves, add themselves to the domain and lots of other little lovely things.
    In short, spend a few days gathering mac addresses and do it. It's so nice to be able to re-image a machine and not have to return to it.
    Surely once the PC has been built, renamed and moved to the right OU then reimaging is just as painless. As for the self healing, surely thats a function of Windows going back to the installation source which would be the same regardless of prestaging.

    The only reason I can think of to pre-stage is in corporate environments where installation engineers do not have permissions to create computer accounts. The computer account must be pre-created by the infrastructure people (or whatever) and then the PFY gets the PC out of the box, plugs it in and kicks off the RIS build. I suppose the other reason might be to load balance across several RIS servers on different subnets..

    FWIW here's what I do when installing a batch of new PCs
    1 - Configure RIS server to name PCs NP+MAC and put all new accounts in a temporary OU which will pick up basic software used school wide.
    2 - Build each PC, noting its location and last 5 digits of MAC (this is displayed during the client installation wizard)
    3 - Once all the PCs are starting to build, go to the server and move all the computer accounts to their required destination.
    4 - Rename the computers remotely using either MSTSC or VNC.

    ...and another thing; surely prestaging requires the UUID, not the MAC address. A bit tedious to boot every new PC, run a utility to get the UUID, write it down (majorly prone to error). Unless of course the supplier gives you a list of UUID to serial numbers.

  6. #21

    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    1,187
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    0

    Re: Prestaging...Should I or shouldn't I?

    The MAC is only needed to synthesise a GUID if one is not availible.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Similar Threads

  1. WDS and Prestaging
    By Arcolite in forum Windows
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 5th September 2007, 03:21 PM
  2. Top 11 Reasons you shouldn't upgrade to Internet Explorer 7
    By Geoff in forum Jokes/Interweb Things
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 29th October 2006, 12:33 PM
  3. VBS script for prestaging computers anyone?
    By ChrisH in forum Scripts
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 23rd June 2006, 09:59 AM
  4. Gigabit network, should I or shouldn't I?
    By dezt in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 13th March 2006, 03:22 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •