Computers

Computers are simply the machines that you will create images from or deploy images to. They should be created to get the most out of CloneDeploy.  Alternatively you could use On-Demand mode, which does not require you to add computers to be able to image them.  They are also referred to as clients in this guide.

 

I. New

Name

The name you enter here is what the machine will be renamed to after it images.  Computer names must be unique.  You cannot have multiple computes in CloneDeploy with the same name.

MAC Address

The computer’s mac address must be correct for CloneDeploy to work.  This is how the computer identifies itself to the Server when pxe booting.  Valid formats include – 00:00:00:00:00:00 – 00-00-00-00-00-00 – 000000000000

Image

The current assigned image of the computer. Both uploading and deploying will use this image.

Image Profile

The current assigned image profile of the selected image.  Profiles control the image process for the computer.

Description (optional)

The description field is for your own use.

Sites, Buildings, Rooms

This is new feature of CloneDeploy and is still under development.  This allows you to organize your computer in a physical manner.  It is also a key component of distribution points.  This allows you to setup multiple SMB shares for your images and point your computer to the appropriate one based on it’s physical location.

Custom Attributes

Custom attributes allow you to set custom values that can be used with custom scripting.  An example of this may be a product key.  You can access the custom attribute values within a script with $cust_attr_x replacing x with the number of the attribute.

Create Another

This can be helpful when adding a lot of computers. When this box is checked all values will remain the same after you click Add Computer. If you are only incrementing a computer name number or mac address all other values will remain the same.

 

II. Import

Import allows you to import a CSV list of computers.  To see the template select Admin -> Export -> CSV Export

 

III. Search

The search screen is the default view when you select Computers. It displays all of the computers that have been added to the database. The search bar implies a wildcard before and after the string you enter. Leave it blank for all computers. You can also use this view to delete multiple computers as well as view additional options for an individual computer.

 

IV. View

The view screen presents an additional set of options for the computer you selected.

General

Allows you to modify the fields that were set when you added the computer.

Boot Menu -> Active

Displays the current boot menu the computer will see when pxe booted.  It will be the current global boot menu if no task is running, or the task boot menu if a task is active.  It could also be a custom boot menu that can be set for the computer.  This can be a helpful debugging tool.

Boot Menu -> Custom

Each computer can have a custom boot menu if you wish.  This menu will displayed anytime the computer is pxe booted without an active task.

 

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