Throughout my time reading up on FOG guides, errors, questions and just learning everything I can about image based deployment I’ve not come across a simplified way to setup numerous computers to network boot.
The main function for all mass deployment is have the machines boot from the network card to initiate through PXE to a boot server. However, how is everyone getting all their machines to do this for the first time (and every time after) with hundreds or thousands of computers? I know you can change the boot priority order, but is that what everyone does, manually change the order for each machine? I know Dell, HP and Lenovo have BIOS deployment tools, but those works after Windows is setup…so if you’re running SCCM you still have to get those machines to boot onto the network at least once. Even with vPro you still need to apply the settings once to control the BIOS remotely afterwards
Is there a way to mass change BIOS settings on lots of computers for the first time without spamming the bios setup/boot menu key for each one? Is there no way around having to touch each machine at least once the first time? This seems like quite the time investment if you have 1000s of machines and beginning an image deployment operation. Every computer we’ve received from vendors always has the harddrive 1st as the default.