IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment

Business benefits

Features, advantages and benefits
Features Advantages Benefits
Imaging Engine Captures file based cloned images or scripted images for Windows or Linux Rapid creation of cloned images saves administrator time. Flexible imaging alternatives to fit customer environments
Universal image cloning with driver injection Use a single core image to support multiple hardware types Saves administrator time creating images. Reduces image proliferation and related management cost. Reduces the image storage
Remote deployment and management of operating systems Deploy images across the network for zero-touch installations Significantly reduces administrator and deskside support costs.
Multiple deployment media supported Supports PXE, Windows PE and CD/DVD installations Flexible deployment alternatives to fit different environments
Security hardened bare-metal provisioning Native PXE solution with enhanced security controls. Full compliance with industry standards such as PXE, Windows PE and AES Encryption Reduces potential risks of using PXE for bare metal installation. Strong cryptography protocols prevent interference with the provisioning process
Part of the Tivoli Provisioning Manager suite of tools Capabilities can be used in conjunction with other Tivoli products or as a standalone tool Plugs into existing Tivoli solutions to further automate provisioning tasks. Helps customers leverage investments in OS provisioning when upgrading to other Tivoli offerings

Tivoli® Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment provides an easy-to-use console for remote deployment and management of operating systems. It includes flexible alternatives for creating and managing operating system cloned or scripted image installs. Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment can help significantly reduce the number of images required across your environment and the effort required to manage those images.

With Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment, customers can discover key hardware information from a bare metal server. From there it can identify the appropriate image to be deployed and automatically install that image. With the benefit of the Universal Image and driver injection at installation, numerous hardware types can be supported with the same core image because the hardware unique drivers are handled separately. This means less confusion about what operating system to install, fewer problems with missing drivers, and a better overall approach to managing images across the environment. In addition, Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment can create a file-based image. Each file only needs to be captured and stored once rather than a full image. As a result, the process for capturing the image is faster, the number of images that you need to manage is fewer and deployment and re-imaging new systems is faster than alternative methods.

Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment is part of the Tivoli Provisioning Manager suite of tools for managing and driving change across physical and virtual servers, desktops and notebooks, storage and network devices. IT departments can get started with Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment so they can automate Windows and Linux operating system imaging, deployment, installation, and configuration. When you are ready to move up to broader automation capabilities that are delivered with Tivoli Provisioning Manager, you can leverage and grow from your investment in Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment.

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