The IGEL UDC Deployment Appliance enables you to migrate your existing PCs or thin client hardware to fully manageable IGEL OS thin clients. The 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. All devices that are to be converted are also placed into this network, and network booting is enabled on this devices. When a device boots, the PXE server at the heart of the Deployment Appliance rolls out the UDC2 or UDC3 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 to prevent them from being converted. This is possible with IGEL UDC Deployment Appliance version 4.1 or higher.
The following figure shows an example setup with the Deployment Appliance running in a VMware Workstation:
Ensure that the administration computer meets the following requirements:
- 2 GB RAM
- 30 GB disk storage
- 64-bit compatible
Install one of the following hypervisors in a version that supports OVA files:
- VMware Workstation
- VMware Player
- Oracle VirtualBox
A web browser is needed to download the firmware from the IGEL download site and upload it to the Deployment Appliance.