Configuring Post Deployment activities

There are a set of activities which is needed to be performed after image deployment.  Using the OS Deployment add-on in Desktop Central, you can configure the following post deployment activities while creating deployment templates.

Shutdown/Restart target computer

You can select the action to be performed on the target computer after deployment. If you want to immediately use the computer after deployment you can restrart the computer and if you want to use the computer for later use you can shutdown the computer. You can select if you want to shut down or restart computer after image deployment. This setting will help you get the action done without manual efforts.

Configuring target computer details

  1. Target computer's SID

    Generally, when you image a computer, the security identifiers(SID) of the computer you imaged will get duplicated on all the target computers where you perform deployment. This might affect the functioning of the target computers within a domain or workgroup. To avoid this, we recommend you to generate unique SIDs to all targets. This can be achieved in ManageEngine OS Deployment solution without using the Sysprep tool. Under post deployment activities, select Generate new SIDs to generate unique SIDs for all target computers. You can also choose to retain the existing SID.

  2. Target computer(s) name/pattern

    You can define the target computer's name where the deployment will happen. If you are deploying the image to more number of machines, you can define pattern to name the target computers. Every computer will have it's own seril number/service tag and they can also be named based on it. 

    • If you specify the computer name as "WIN-COMPUTER", the target computer will be named as "WIN-COMPUTER"
    • If you specify the pattern as "WINPC-{1}", the target computers will be named as "WINPC1", "WIN-COMPUTER2", "WINPC-3"
    • If you specify the computer name followed by the SERIALNO in angular braces as "WINPC-<SERIALNO>", each of the target computers will be named based on their serial number as "WINPC-F3QQ123", "WINPC-FW123QQ", "WINPC-FE113SQ" etc., Ensure that the prefix of <SERIALNO> does not exceed more that 7 characters. 
    • If you specify the pattern with zeroes in the beginning as "WINPC-{001}", the target computers will be named as "WINPC-001", "WINPC-002", "WINPC-003"
  3. Adding target computers under Domain

    You can select the domain under which you have to add the target computers. If the domain of the imaging computer and the computer where you are delploying the image are different, you can update the target computer's domain details here. While adding the domain you have to specify the details like the domain name, network type, the admin user name - this admin user should have access to all target computers.

  4. Adding target computers under domain along with OU

    You can also add the computer under the OU (Organisational Unit) by specifying the OU details while adding the domain. After successfull deployment, the target machine will get automatically added under the OU alone with the domain.

  5. Adding user accounts to target computer

    You can add the user accounts to your target computer. If you are handing over the machine to a new joinee, you can add the employee's user account details and get them added into the target computer. 

  6. Adding applications

    You can add the applications, drivers which are available as executables and scripts into the target computer after deployment. To know more about adding applications refer this document.

    After customizing the image for deployment, the next step is to deploy the image. Refer this document to know more about how to deploy the image.