You might prefer to replace the preinstalled software image with a customized set of system and
application software. Several methods are available for deploying a customized software image,
Installing additional software applications after unbundling the preinstalled software image
Using a disk cloning process to copy the contents from one hard drive to another
The best deployment method depends on your information technology environment and processes. The
PC Deployment section of the HP Lifecycle Solutions Web site
country/us/en/solutions.html) provides information to help you select the best deployment method.
The Restore Plus! CD, ROM-based setup, and ACPI hardware provide further assistance with recovery
of system software, configuration management and troubleshooting, and power management.
Remote system installation
Remote system installation enables you to start and set up your system using the software and
configuration information located on a network server. This feature is usually used as a system setup
and configuration tool and can be used for the following tasks:
Deploying a software image on one or more new PCs
Formatting a hard drive
Installing application software or drivers
Updating the operating system, application software, or drivers
To initiate a remote system installation, press when the message appears in the lower-right corner of
the HP logo screen. Follow the onscreen instructions to continue the process. The default boot order is
a BIOS configuration setting that can be changed to always attempt to PXE boot.
HP and Altiris have partnered to provide tools designed to make the task of corporate PC deployment
and management easier and less time-consuming, ultimately lowering the total cost of ownership and
making HP PCs the most manageable client PCs in the enterprise environment.
Replicating the setup
The following procedures enable you to easily copy one setup configuration to other workstations of the
same model for faster, more consistent configuration of multiple workstations.
Both procedures require a diskette drive or a USB device such as an HP Drive Key.
To collect and replicate BIOS settings on multiple computers, use System Software Manager or HP
Client Manager Software. For more information, see: http://www.hp.com/go/easydeploy.
Copying to a single workstation
To copy to a single workstation, complete the following steps: