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Does petemp (and/or other shares) get automounted during pre- and post-installation tasks?

07/11/2016 1674 views
What K2000 shares, if any, are automatically mounted during the pre-installation and post-installation task phases, and where, on both the Mac and PC?

If I store data on the petemp share during the pre-installation task, will it still be there waiting for me during the post-installation task?

Is there a better way to preserve data over the reboot/imaging stage?

Do I need to manually delete my stored data on this share after imaging so it doesn't clutter the share, or is that an automatic process?

Is this info officially documented anywhere?


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The K2000 does create some samba shares that it mounts during the pre-installation process, these are Y: and T: drives. Each contain information on the tasks, Y: drive contains the actual pre-installation tasks which are run to condition the drive before installing an OS. MAC OSx has a similar location, once the OS is installed on the system the post tasks are written to a temporary directory to run. 

There are no samba shares connected for post tasks as these all run from the information on the target system. Any temporary data (get/set computer name as an example) is saved to the RamDrive (X:). Once the install is completed the kcleanup will remove the temporary files used for the deployment.


Answered 07/11/2016 by: TheAustinDave
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  • Thanks, David.
    This is a partial answer, but I still don't know what shares are mounted, or where (other than the drive letters, which only works in Windows), nor where any of this is officially documented.

    If I understand your answer, these shares are only mounted in the pre-installation task phase, and not in the post-installation task phase (which explains the failure of my test attempt prior to getting your response).

    You mention a RAM drive, X:; that sounds interesting. But again, a google for "kace k2000 ram drive x:" turns up a lot of nothing. Is there any official documentation on these shares?

    • There is nothing that really explains the process of how the KBE is loaded. The files are loaded from either the PXE boot or USB to a RamDrive created on the system. That allows the ability to access the physical hard drive and prepare it to deploy and image.
    • From experimenting...

      When the Mac is booted into the KBE, the PETEMP and PEINST are automatically mounted on /opt/kace/petemp and /opt/kace/peinst respectively. You can see these mounts by opening a Terminal window and using the command "mount".

      This /opt directory is not on the local hard drive; it's on the network boot drive (the K2000), so you don't have to worry about it disappearing during a partition/erase procedure on the local drive. But it is not remounted after the deployment of an image, so if you want access to them post-deploy, you'll have to manually mount them.

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