K2000 boot cd - auto boot specific RSA and auto-start image?
We're about to image 2,000 new machines from Dell. We have separate RSA's for each school where the images will be stored and pulled from on-site. By default, Dell doesn't have PXE boot enabled, and the machines are coming in with a blank hard drive. We were wondering if it's possible to make boot CD's that we could put into each machine as they turn on, since it should boot off the cd if the hard drive is blank - but we want to know if it's possible to have it auto-start a specific image.
If not, what is the best way to do this? Enable PXE boot manually on each BIOS, then have the whole school's IP range/label to boot into K2000 upon next PXE boot, and auto-start the imaging process?
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One option is that you should be able to get Dell to adjust the BIOS for you before delivery. I want to say things like that cost a few dollars per machine. This is what I would look at.
Past that, you can hit F12 when you connect each machine and choose Boot from Network, then set their action via the console. You are going to have to physically be at each machine to connect them to the network anyway, so F12 shouldn't be a big deal.
You can enable PXE boot in the BIOS using the Dell Client Configuration Toolkit http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/systems-management/w/wiki/1952.dell-client-configuration-toolkit.aspx or Open Manage Client Instrumentation http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/systems-management/w/wiki/1773.openmanage-client-instrumentation-omci.aspx.
I would expect KACE support can help you with creating a setup to automatically start a specific image if you'd like to go that route.