bootix® BootManage Administrator
New Features in Version 7.8:
Supports unattended installation of Windows 8
Enhanced install sequence for Windows 7 and Server 2008
Two-Level-Protection against unintended reinstallation
Performance-optimized installation on solid state disks
For this product, we offer you qualified technical support (Hotline, Web-Form, Support
More and more PC vendors ship new PCs PXE (Preboot eXecution Enviroment) ready.
BootManage® products help to administer
all kinds of PCs with only one uniform product. A single, network wide
configuration controlled by the bootix® BootManage Administrator
helps to significantly ease the registration and administration of networked
You may want to read the following (german) technical articles:
LANline 02/2005: "Flexible PXE-Lösung - BootManage Administrator im Test"
LANline Spezial VI/2002: "Nachtschicht überflüssig - Automatisierte Installation von PCs"
Please feel free to read the bootix BootManage Administrator version
history and skill
Unattended OS Installation In The Enterprise
The bootix BootManage Administrator (BMA) remotely
manages the boot process of
networked computers (servers, desktops, and laptops) and takes care of
the remote first
installation or the reinstallation of an operating system (OS) on these
network. This fully automated OS deployment procedure (remote wakeup,
installation, shutdown) does not require any service personnel or user
on site, and allows
to implement time-scheduled mass roll-outs overnight or at weekends.
each managed computer is a PXE (Preboot Execution Environment) Code which
comes with almost all new servers, desktops, and laptops.
The easy to use graphical management interface
of the bootix BootManage Administrator
helps to do the daily job of centrally administering networked servers,
laptops. The software covers all the steps from the automated hardware
these machines, to the remote hard disk partitioning and formatting,
and finally the
unattended installation of a Windows or Linux operating system.
Diskless operation of DOS, Windows PE and Linux is also
Broad Intel-Based Target OS Support
Various Windows and Linux operating systems for Intel based servers,
desktops, and laptops can automatically be installed on the target
- Windows 8, 7, x86 and x64 Editions
- Windows Server 2008 R2, x86 and x64 Editions
- Windows Server 2008, x86 and x64 Editions
- Windows Server 2003 R2, x86 and x64 Editions
- Windows Server 2003, x86 and x64 Editions
- Windows Vista, x86 and x64 Editions
- Windows XP, x86 and x64 Editions
- Windows 2000 Server
- Windows 2000 Professional
- Windows NT 4 Server
- Windows NT 4 Workstation
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux via Kickstart
- Fedora Core via Kickstart
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server via Autoyast
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop via Autoyast
- and others
Scripted And Image Based Installation
Both scripted and image based automated OS installations
are supported. The BMA already comes with templates for capturing and
deploying hard disk and partition images via Microsoft WIndows Imaging
(WIM / ImageX), DriveImage and Ghost. Also, customized installation
methods (e.g. Sysprep) can easily be implemented, and are already provided
for Ghost imaging.
WinPE, Linux, And DOS Boot Images
The following boot image types can be used:
- Windows PE 3.0 (x86 and x64)
- Windows PE 2.0 (x86 and x64)
- Windows PE 2005 (x86 and x64)
- BartPE / PE Builder
- Windows 98
It is possible to have boot images of different types side-by-side, and
assign them to individual targets, or to groups of target machines as
The bootix BootManage Administrator supports PXE-ready hardware (servers,
desktops, and notebook computers), but does not need any additional
The presence of a DHCP- and a TFTP server is sufficient, but PXE services
can also be integrated if desired.
Multi Server Support
The multi server support function makes the bootix BootManage Administrator
a valuable tool in large and distributed networks (also across WAN links).
All managed data is held on multiple
servers and replicated from a central master server. As a
result of this method, load balancing and failover security is
achieved. During replication, only the changed files are
updated, to minimize the network load.
IBM AIX NIM Integration
The bootix BootManage Administrator allows the transparent management of IBM AIX NIM
Network Installation Management) servers. NIM servers can be integrated in the BMA system
so that they appear like standard BMA servers. The manageable objects of NIM servers (NIM client,
SPOT, lppsource, etc.) are controlled through the BMA management console.
Simple Integration of Third-Party Drivers
Third Party drivers for the supported Windows operating systems can easily
be added. Best-match and manual
assignment methods, as well as non-PnP drivers are
Reinstallation with a single Mouse Click
Once a first installation of a target machine has been
successfully performed, a reinstallation of this machine can be
initiated from the management console with one mouse click.
Roll-Out and Prestaging
Automatically performs mass deployments groupwise and time
controlled overnight or at weekends. Both fully automated and
list based roll-out methods are provided. Also, new systems
can be prestaged in the BMA to allow automated provisioning
at first boot. The roll-out function can be activated either in the BMA
console or in the BMA web server.
Time Control Service
The time control service schedules the execution of tasks at
preconfigured times: wakeup, shutdown, reboot or reinstall
managed computers. This way, maintenance and reinstallation
operations can be performed without the administrator or the
user being present, e.g. overnight or at weekends.
Integrated Hardware Inventory
Automated hardware analysis of the managed computers
scans the hardware, stores it in an inventory database, and
identifies the required drivers for the OS installation.
The Report Generator generates reports based on SQL
queries. Report output can be text, CSV, HTML, or XML
format. Sample report queries are provided, and can be
extended by custom-designed queries.
Flexible / Extendable / Customizable / Open
Due to the open, script based structure of the BMA, it is
possible to customize and extend both the management
interface (look and feel, plugins, parameters, etc.), and the
script-driven operating system installation process (e.g.
slipstream service packs and hotfixes, integrate self-developed
scripts and programs, etc.).
Extendable Configuration Variables
The bootix BootManage Administrator comes with a predefined set of
configuration variables which control the target machine
installation process. Custom configuration variables can easily
be added, and assigned to individual target machines, but also
to groups, distribution servers, and other objects. Variable values
can be encrypted (passwords, license keys, etc.). Also, variables can
be classified as being already present at boot-time, which allows early
boot-time decisions based on these variables.
The BMA has been tested with tools from the following
vendors: Dell, HP, and IBM.
Service / Emergency Boot
To accomplish special tasks, multiple boot images can be
created and assigned to the target computers on demand, e.g.
for BIOS updates, offline virus scans, diskless emergency
operation, or other maintenance tasks.
/ WinPE / Linux Computers
The integrated support for diskless computers allows to
manage terminal server clients and other diskless boot
environments. Supported diskless operating systems are:
- Diskless DOS
- Diskless Windows PE (WinPE 2005, WinPE 2.0, BartPE)
- Diskless Linux
Generic Boot Image
With one single generic boot image, the BMA can install an
operating system on an unlimited number of target machines
of different makes and models. It is even possible to install
different Windows operating systems with one boot image.
Web Based Graphical Management Interface
The BMA web server allows management through
standard web browsers using HTTP or HTTPS (SSL encryption), and allows
to perform almost all standard management tasks that are daily needed.
The look-and-feel of the web pages is individually adaptable for each
administrator, and provides an intuitive management experience. The BMA
web server can also be used to host the roll-out service.
Multilingual User Interface
The menu system and program documentation are both
available in german and english language.
Hierarchical Grouping of Managed Computers
The bootix BootManage Administrator allows to hierarchically group
the managed machines according to self-defined criteria (e.g.
buildings, floors, departments etc.). This gives an optimized
overview of the network.
User and Group Accounts for Administrators
In large and distributed networks, PC management is often
accomplished by multiple administrators with different
responsibilities and authorizations. By using user and group
accounts, the bootix BootManage Administrator allows to reflect
these responsibilities and authorizations.
Security and Access Protection
The bootix BootManage Administrator and the network shares used
by it rely on the security mechanisms of the OS it runs on.
ActiveX Scripting Interface
The BMA provides a powerful ActiveX scripting interface that allows
- access the BMA database
- automate the interactive BMA GUI operations
- integrate BMA functionality into own management solutions
Remote Wakeup and Shutdown
Remote wakeup packets can be sent out at predefinable times
to switch on target machines in the local subnet and/or in other
subnets for unattended OS deployments overnight or at
Self explaining installation routine requires only common
knowledge for network administration.
Standard DHCP & TFTP Servers
The bootix BootManage Administrator works in standard DHCP and
TFTP server environments. PXE specific services are not
needed. DHCP provides network parameters (IP address,
subnet mask, DNS server, router etc.) to the requesting target
machine, whereas TFTP is used to transfer the boot files.
The distribution server can be a Microsoft Server or a SAMBA
SQL Server Support
The bootix BootManage Administrator can use a file based
Access/Jet database, or a Microsoft SQL Server database. A
wizard helps to migrate from one database type to the other.