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Customizing Automated Installations With Manifests and Profiles

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Updated: November 2020

Working With Derived Manifests

Using derived manifests for installation follows this sequence of steps:

  1. Select a manifest to serve as a base file.

  2. Create the script.

    The script would contain special instructions that modify the base manifest before the manifest is applied to a specific client installation. The special instructions consist of aimanifest subcommand statements.

  3. Assign the script to an install service.

AI executes the script at installation time to produce an instance of an AI manifest. AI also syntactically validates the resulting manifest.

After a successful installation, the derived manifest is copied to /var/log/install/derived/manifest.xml on the AI client, and the script is copied to /var/log/install/derived/manifest_script.