To perform a remote installation on a client computer, users must request a network service startup by pressing F12 after they turn on their computers, or by starting their computers with the RIS Startup disk.
After the client computer establishes a connection with a RIS server, the user is prompted to press F12 again to download and start the Client Installation wizard.
The Client Installation wizard prompts the user to log on to a domain and then provides the user with a list of available installation options. The following table describes the options.
Client Installation wizard user installation options
Automatic Setup: Users can choose which image to install. If only one image is available, the user is not prompted. You should inform the user which image they should select to prevent the user from randomly selecting an image from the list.
Custom Setup: Users can override the automatic computer naming process in addition to the default location within Active Directory where client computer accounts will be created. Technical support personnel can use this option to install a client computer for someone else. This provides more flexibility in the naming and location of RIS client machines.
Restart a Previous Setup Attempt: Users can restart the operating system installation process. Users should select this option if the previous installation attempt failed. The option will not copy files where the previous installation attempt failed; however, the user is not prompted to answer any questions within the Client Installation wizard from the previous setup attempt. This is very helpful when a power outage takes place during the installation process.
Maintenance and Troubleshooting: Users can gain access to third-party maintenance and troubleshooting utilities. When these third-party utilities are available, a list of tools appears from which the user can choose.