CIP preview

The Build Definition wizard provides a summary panel for you to review the selections.

If you run the Build Definition wizard in connected mode, then we can also start the processing engine to build the customized installation package (CIP). If you run the Build Definition wizard in disconnected mode, then copy the build definition file to the target system then use the ifcli command to start the processing engine.

Save the build definition

The Build Definition wizard produces the XML build definition file for input to the processing engine. The processing engine uses the build definition file to locate all of the components that are included in the CIP.

Select the Save build definition file and generate customized installation package radio button if we are in connected mode and the Build Definition wizard and the processing engine are running on the same machine. Otherwise, select the Save the build definition file only radio button to save the file. We might intend to use the build definition file on another machine. See Disconnected mode processing.

Click Estimate Size and Available Space to get an estimate of the size of the customized installation package that is generated. This option is only available in connected mode.

Disconnected mode processing

If working in disconnected mode, the Save build definition file and generate customized installation package radio button is inactive and we are unable to estimate required disk space.

The Customized installation package preview panel shows the location of the build definition file. Click Finish to save the build definition file and return to the Installation Factory console.

Copy the build definition file to the system that has the processing engine. Start the processing engine with the /bin/ifcli script.

The processing engine reads the build definition file and creates the customized installation package.

Image spanning

We can split, or span, the CIP into multiple images if the installation image is spannable.

Select the Split the customized installation package into parts that can fit on multiple discs check box if you want to create a CIP which spans multiple discs. The installation image must support spanning or you cannot span the CIP image.

To span the image across multiple discs, then specify the maximum size for each part you want to create. Different installation images might have different minimum sizes for spanned images. If you select a size which is too small we are alerted with an error message that indicates the minimum spanned size of that image. Any additional files, scripts, or configuration archives which we have included are all subject to spanning.

Review the customized installation package information and click Finish to build the CIP. If the installation image is spanned, then we are prompted to specify the location of the next disc or image.

Best practice: We can avoid image prompts if you keep all of the image directories in the same parent directory and name them by disc number, or DISC<disc_number>. For example, if we are installing a CIP which contains a spanned installation image, name the second disc DISC2. For each additional disc increase the disc number. Each directory must contain a valid installation image or we are prompted to specify the correct image during CIP creation

A status indicator displays near the end of the panel. When processing completes, a completion message is displayed and the Installation Factory console returns.

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Last updated Nov 11, 2010 1:01:09 PM CST