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How to Configure a LANDESK Environment for NetBoot

How to Configure a LANDESK Environment for NetBoot

When a Mac begins the NetBoot process, it sends out a request on the network asking for the details as to the location of the NetBoot Image file.  Somewhere on the subnet, a service needs to respond to this request and provide the path to the NBI.

LANDESK has augmented its PXE Representative service already in use for Windows device provisioning to be capable to respond to this request for all Macs on the subnet.

This PXE representative service is currently a Windows service and will require at least one Windows device with the LANDESK agent to be utilized.  If you’re a LANDESK customer and don’t have any Windows devices on your imaging subnet, you can configure an OS X server to be the NetBoot request representative.  Details around configuring an OS X NetBoot server can be found at https://community.landesk.com/support/docs/DOC-33695

Deploying a LANDESK PXE representative is very straight forward.  LANDESK has bundled with the product a PXE Representative package ready for deployment.  All you need to do is decide what device is going to host the service per subnet.*

Watch the how-to video:

  1. From the LANDESK Console, open Tools > Distribution > Distribution Packages
  2. From the Distribution packages menu tree, highlight All Packages
  3. Search or scroll to find the PXE Representative Deployment, right click on it and select Create Scheduled Task
  4. Select your specific task properties, such as the targets, task settings, portal settings and when to start the task

*IMPORTANT NOTE: In OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has introduced their new System Integrity Protection feature which affects how you are able to NetBoot devices. If you have need to NetBoot across subnets, you’re going to need to customize the NBI and add in your approved NetBoot server’s IP addresses.  For more information see: How to Build an NBI with OS X 10.11 El Capitan


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