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.
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 restart 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.
When you are upgrading the operating system of a computer to the latest version, user data and configurations often get left out. Configuring all your preferences and settings in that computer can be a tiresome job. To make the migration easier, backup of User Profiles can be created and migrated to the target computer. (To know more about user profile backup creation, click here.) Select the required backup under User Profile migration settings to include it in the template. Or you can choose Computer Specific Settings under Computer Settings and add the backup to the respective MAC address. To know more about migrating user profiles, click here.
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.
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 its serial number/service tag and they can also be named based on it.
A target computer's name can be specified using various methods.
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 deploying 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.
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 successful deployment, the target machine will get automatically added under the OU alone with the domain.
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.
You can add the applications, drivers which are available as executable 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.