Provisioning Windows 2003 or 2008 servers from a local data store

You can provision Windows 2003 or 2008 servers from a local data store instead of a PXE server.

Provisioning the Windows operating system to bare-metal servers is most often done in a PXE environment, where files for operating system installation reside on a remote PXE data store. However, BMC Server Automation provisioning also lets you provision Windows 2003 or 2008 servers from a local data store. For more information about this approach, see About provisioning from a local data store.

This topic describes how to provision target servers from a local data store. It includes the following sections:

To create a WinPE image for booting the target server from the PXE server (PXE boot), see Creating an image for booting from the PXE server.

Before you begin

  • The CD/DVD media must be removable or CD-ROM drive types. These types include: CD, DVD, Integrated Lights Out (HP iLO), Dell Remote Access Controller (DRAC), and USB devices.
  • The CD/DVD media must be connected to the target server and available.
  • The CD/DVD media must contain valid operating system installation files for the Windows 2003 or 2008 installation you want to perform.

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To provision target servers from a local data store:

  1. Create a WinPE 2.0 and later image to use in provisioning by booting from local media (local boot), use one of the following methods.

    To use the image creation wizard to create the image for local boot
     Click here to review the steps for using the wizard.

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    To use the script to create an image for local boot
     Click here to review the steps for using the script.

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  2. Create a system package that points to the local data store as the location of the installation files. 

     Click here to review the steps for creating a Windows system package for use with a local data store.
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  3. Associate the local data store instance with the system package. 

     Click here to the steps for associating the LocalDataStore instance with the system package.
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