Architecting a Highly Efficient Image Management System with Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 07 March 2007, updated 11 August 2011

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IBM Form #: REDP-4294-00
(86 pages)

Authors: Vasfi Gucer, Scott Kay

Abstract

Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment provisions operating systems and applications to computers using the Pre-boot eXecution Environment (PXE) industry standard for bare-metal installation. A bare-metal installation eliminates the need for an operating system to be present on a local disk drive. Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment is a turn-key solution to the most common provisioning issues and provides an easy to use, turn-key solution for education, SMB, or larger accounts.

In this IBM Redpaper, we discuss how to design and implement a highly effective image management solution for small, medium, and enterprise accounts, taking network bandwidth limitations and large OS image sizes into consideration. We also cover the considerations for choosing an image management solution and the benefits of implementing such an environment.

Note that this IBM Redpaper is more geared to IT Architects.

For a full discussion of Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment, including installation, customization, and other product integrations, refer to Deployment Guide Series: Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment V5.1, SG24-7397.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Architecture and deployment scenarios

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