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Imaging makes it possible to install a computer's operating system fully automatically via the network. The computer only needs to be known to the network and a so-called PXE boot - this is the network-based loading process of a rudimentary boot kernel - must be adjustable in the BIOS.

Hardware Requirements

The hardware that can be used is limited to the usual Dell devices due to the implemented drivers. These are the Dell OptiPlex series 780, 790, 7010, 7020, 5040, 5050, 5060 and 5070.

Variants of Imaging

The computers with software distribution - i.e. our university menu - are installed in the pool rooms. After the imaging process, the computers end up in the corresponding groups in the Active Directory.

Images are available in the network system for installing a workstation computer, which also installs the software distribution.

Additional images are available for setting up a computer without software distribution and without automated integration into the Active Directory. However, due to the lack of automation, these must be configured after installation.

CAUTION: Imaging results in all data on the hard drives being irretrievably deleted.

Since the introduction of NVMe SSDs in conjunction with Windows 10 - these are the 5040, 5050, 5060, 5070, 5080 and 5090 series - imaging is only possible in UEFI mode. Even if these machines use an SSD or HDD, UEFI mode must be used.

Older computers (790/7010/7020) cannot be imaged via UEFI. Here the Legacy method is to be used.

en/sg/pc-vs/imaging.txt · Last modified: 2022/02/28 12:48 by vi1005