The IGEL OS Deployment Appliance enables you to migrate your existing PC or thin client hardware to fully manageable IGEL OS devices. The IGEL OS Deployment Appliance is implemented as a virtual machine which runs in a hypervisor, i.e. VMware Workstation, VMware Player, or Oracle VirtualBox.

The deployment procedure is as follows:

The Deployment Appliance is installed and placed in a separate network, together with all devices that are to be converted. Network booting is enabled on these devices. When a device boots, the PXE server inside the Deployment Appliance rolls out the IGEL OS firmware file to it.

Once a device is converted, the Deployment Appliance adds its MAC address to a filter so that the deployment process does not start again in the case of a reboot. In addition to that, you can add devices to the MAC address filter manually, if you want to prevent some devices from being converted.

The following figure shows an example setup with the Deployment Appliance running in a VMware Workstation:

UDC appliance

Supported IGEL Firmware

  • IGEL OS 11
  • IGEL OS 10

Supported Devices

System Requirements

Ensure that the administration computer meets the following requirements:

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 30 GB disk storage
  • 64-bit compatible


Install one of the following hypervisors in a version that supports OVA files:

  • VMware Workstation Pro
  • VMware Workstation Player
  • Oracle VirtualBox

Web Browser

A web browser is needed to download the firmware from the IGEL download site and upload it to the Deployment Appliance.

Deployment Steps

IGEL Tech Video

How to download, install and configure the IGEL OS Deployment Appliance: