A vast amount of work needs to be performed both before and after the deployment of an operating system whether done via a network OS installation (scripted installation) or disk imaging. Performing this work manually negates the benefits achieved by partially automating the deployment and PC provisioning process.
The K2000 provides complete remote configuration covering pre and post deployment, reducing costs and increasing PC provisioning reliability and control by automating the full deployment life cycle. Automating the full deployment life cycle saves time and eliminates user errors that are often a byproduct of manual deployment. The K2000 Deployment Appliance gives users the flexibility to create their own pre and post installation tasks in addition to providing built-in tasks for convenience.
Pre installation tasks include all of the activity necessary to prepare a machine for OS deployment including:
Once defined, pre and post installation tasks can be added to any K-image or network OS installation. This saves administrators time by allowing them to easily re-use tasks that they have created to customize deployments. The intuitive K2000 drag and drop interface makes it especially easy to quickly add or remove tasks from any deployment.
Post installation tasks include all the activity necessary to fully deploy a machine once an operating system has been installed. A full-featured set of post installation tasks is essential to the best practice of thin images. Without post installation tasks, administrators are forced to create different images (fat images) for different software configurations within their organizations, significantly increasing the cost of image maintenance. Tasks include:
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