To deploy an operating system without stand-alone media to a new computer that Configuration Manager 2007 R3 does not currently manage, add the new computer to the Configuration Manager site database prior to initiating the operating system deployment process. Configuration Manager 2007 R3 can automatically discover computers on the network that have a Windows operating system installed; however, if the computer has no operating system installed, use the Import Computer Information Wizard to import the new computer information.

To add the reference computer to the Configuration Manager site database

1.   Click Start, point to All Programs, and then point to Microsoft System Center. Point to Configuration Manager 2007, and then click ConfigMgr Console.

2.   In the Configuration Manager console navigation pane, go to System Center Configuration Manager/Site Database/Computer Management/Operating System Deployment/Computer Associations.

3.   In the preview pane, click Import computer Information.

The Import Computer Information Wizard starts.

4.   Complete the Import Computer Information Wizard using the information in Table 23. Accept the default values unless otherwise specified.

Table 23. Information for Completing Import Computer Information Wizard

On this wizard page

Do this

Select Source

Click Import single computer, and then click Next.

Single Computer

1.   In Computer Name, type WDG-REF-01.

2.   In MAC address, type mac_address (where mac_address is the media access control [MAC] address of the primary network adapter for the reference computer, WDG-REF-01).

3.   Click Next.

Data Preview

Click Next.

Choose Target Collection

Click Next.


Click Next.

Wizard Completed

Click Close.


For more information on adding a new computer to the Configuration Manager site database, see “How to Add a New Computer to the Configuration Manager Database” in Configuration Manager Documentation Library, which is installed with Configuration Manager 2007 R3.

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