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Wyse Automated Deployment

Hello guys, I'm kind of a noob so I figured this would be the community to ask for help!

I have a couple hundred devices I need to give fresh wyse images to, and was wondering if there were any easier ways.

The end goal is to plug in power, ethernet, turn it on, select the OS from the grub menu, and let it go.

I can't use the WMMS as I don't have a windows server, nor do I want these devices to get any sort of database/domain configuration/networking so they can freshly configure them on other networks and WMMS configurations. It may be that WMMS doesn't do any of that config and would be the smartest way to go about it, but as I don't have windows server I haven't been able to test anything. If that's my best bet let me know and I can probably spin up a windows server.

I tried to use PXE to boot to a bootable version of the USB imaging tool, but was unable to get it to look for the image files over the network. It seems to just look for USBs. Interestingly enough, you can network boot to the initial imaging screen, and have only the RSP and image files on a USB, and it'll detect and install the os. 

I also tried to combine the partial .img files into one bootable iso, and use memdisk - no luck - but I think that just loads and runs the os on the ram anyways? 

I'm looking into setting up an HTTP boot, but that would require me to update every device to a new bios version and I think that just leads to more things to automate

Again, any advice would be appreciated

Thanks

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2008

So I think I figured it out, but I'm still in the process of optimizing speeds and workflow and writing scripts to automate it

1) Set up PXE for a small live version of linux

2) Set up FTP/SSH/whatever transfers fastest

3) Image 1 device with Dell USB Imaging Tool, and do not turn it on

4) Boot into a live version of clonezilla and pull the drive into a .img and store it on the server you're using to distribute things

5) PXE boot into that live mini linux on the device you want to image

6) Simply copy/paste the .img onto the blank drive with something like dd over netcat - I may post an update as to which is fastest but for now i'm using dd - and it does work with multiple devices pulling from it at once

7) Enjoy a simple workaround to push any img, to any device, over your network, from any file sharing server

 

I would attempt to use WMS but it doesn't seem to work without connecting to the internet, or the manual installation of hella updates and security certs

I'm a lazy intern, what can I say?

 

EDIT: Turns out you can use clonezilla for all of this with very little configuration

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3 Zinc
2014

You dont mention what operating system or hardware you are trying to do this with. 

More than likely the answer will be use WMS.   It is the only supported method and the easiest to achieve what  you are looking for.

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2009

So I think I figured it out, but I'm still in the process of optimizing speeds and workflow and writing scripts to automate it

1) Set up PXE for a small live version of linux

2) Set up FTP/SSH/whatever transfers fastest

3) Image 1 device with Dell USB Imaging Tool, and do not turn it on

4) Boot into a live version of clonezilla and pull the drive into a .img and store it on the server you're using to distribute things

5) PXE boot into that live mini linux on the device you want to image

6) Simply copy/paste the .img onto the blank drive with something like dd over netcat - I may post an update as to which is fastest but for now i'm using dd - and it does work with multiple devices pulling from it at once

7) Enjoy a simple workaround to push any img, to any device, over your network, from any file sharing server

 

I would attempt to use WMS but it doesn't seem to work without connecting to the internet, or the manual installation of hella updates and security certs

I'm a lazy intern, what can I say?

 

EDIT: Turns out you can use clonezilla for all of this with very little configuration

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2 Bronze
1481

Hi !

You might want to have a look at the "Wyse Management Suite": https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/en-us/000126147/how-to-install-wyse-management-suite-private-clou...

While I don't have any experiemce with this tool, it seems to be exactly what you are looking for.
But it might be pretty complex and possibly not for free...

Hope this helps...

 

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New better process
Clonezilla did the job but was SUPER clunky and old

Macrium Reflect is a beautiful software solution for bare-metal cloning

 

Take your merlin image
Image your device (DO NOT POWER ON)
USB boot into macrium and pull the image
Netboot to macrium and image enmass over network

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