Remote installation of operating systems and applications

Kaspersky Security Center allows you to create images of operating systems and deploy them on client devices on the network, as well as perform remote installation of applications by Kaspersky Lab and other vendors.

Capturing images of operating systems

Kaspersky Security Center can capture images of operating systems from devices and transfer those images to Administration Server. Such images of operating systems are stored on Administration Server in a dedicated folder. The operating system image of a reference device is captured and then created through an installation package creation task.

To create images of operating systems, Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) tool package must be installed on Administration Server.

The functionality of operating system image capturing has the following features:

Deploying images of operating systems on new devices

The administrator can use the images received for deployment on new networked devices on which no operating system has been installed yet. A technology named Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) is used in this case. The administrator selects a networked device that will act as PXE server. This device must meet the following requirements:

The following conditions must be met to deploy an operating system: a network card must be mounted on the device, the device must be connected to the network, and the Network boot option must be selected in BIOS when booting the device.

Deployment of an operating system is performed as follows:

  1. The PXE server establishes a connection with the new client device while the latter is booting up.
  2. The client device becomes included in Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE).

    Adding the device to WinPE may require configuration of the set of drivers for WinPE.

  3. The client device is registered on Administration Server.
  4. The administrator assigns the client device an installation package with an operating system image.

    The administrator can add required drivers to the installation package with the operating system image. The administrator can also specify a configuration file with the operating system settings (answer file) that is to be applied during installation.

  5. The operating system is deployed on the client device.

The administrator can manually specify the MAC addresses of client devices that have not yet been connected, and assign them the installation package with the operating system image. When the selected client devices connect to the PXE server, the operating system is automatically installed on those devices.

Deploying images of operating systems on devices where another operating system has already been installed

Deployment of images of operating systems on client devices where another operating system has already been installed is performed through the remote installation task for specific devices.

Installing applications by Kaspersky Lab and other vendors

The administrator can create installation packages of any applications, including those specified by the user, and install the applications on client devices through the remote installation task.

In this section:

Creating images of operating systems

Adding drivers for Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE)

Adding drivers to an installation package with an operating system image

Configuring sysprep.exe utility

Deploying operating systems on new networked devices

Deploying operating systems on client devices

Creating installation packages of applications

Issuing a certificate for installation packages of applications

Installing applications on client devices

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