Add Computers - Boot and Security Tab

This tab in the Add Computers: Properties dialog box provides options you can set for the managed computer's boot and security behavior. The settings you make here apply to all the computers listed in the Add Computers Identification tab. Following is a description of each of the Boot and Security tab options.

Boot Properties

Netboot: If checked, the computer boots from the network. In most cases, the Netboot flag is cleared automatically after the CCM action that required the netboot has completed.

When you boot over the network, CCM builds a RAM disk in the computer’s main memory. CCM copies all files required for booting from the configuration server and Package Depot over the network to the RAM disk. You may set the parameters for the network boot, in particular the memory area and the size of the RAM disk.

Debug mode: If checked, display additional debugging information during the network boot procedure on the managed computer.

Remaining capacity of RAM disk in KB: Defines the surplus capacity of the RAM disk in KB which is suitable for the storage of additional files (for example, temporary status files like LAN Manager). You can specify a value in KB between 1 and 255.

Boot priority: Select a value of 0 through 4. The CCM Pre-OS Agent uses this setting to calculate the file copy delay and block copy delay when building the RAM disk on the computer.

The CCM Windows Agent uses this setting to calculate the file copy delay and the action time period for job actions that the Windows Agent manages for the computer.




The highest priority that deactivates the active time period, resulting in no delays and no network load control.


The highest priority with network load control that results in the fastest transfers.


The lowest priority with network load control that results in the slowest transfers.

The priority also affects network load because the time between copy operations is multiplied by the priority. (The time between copy operations increases with higher priority values.)

Because mobile computers are not continuously connected to the network, you may want to set a mobile computer's priority to 0.

Security Properties

Ask user: If selected, lets the user of the managed computer postpone actions of the CCM Windows Agent to a later time.

Ctrl key active: If selected, CCM locks the CTRL key so that the use of the managed computer cannot interrupt the activities being performed.

Locking the CTRL key disables the following key combinations:

Disk Properties

Fdisk: The Fdisk check box enables you to partition the computer’s hard disk with the Fdisk utility.

If you use the Fdisk utility to create your own partitioning scheme, CCM will not be able to keep track of the drive lettering and the Command Center will not display partition sizes.

The Fdisk version that runs on the computer is dependent upon the CCM Pre-OS Agent that you choose when you assign the operating system for installation.

Select the FDisk check box to partition the hard disk of the computer with the Fdisk utility or, clear the Fdisk check box to enable CCM partitioning.

CCM partitions the disks creating a primary partition on the first disk and setting the succeeding partitions as extended partitions with logical disks. CCM partitions the other hard disks as extended partitions with logical drives. CCM partitioning overwrites previous partition tables.