About Deployment Plans That Provision an Operating System

Deployment plans execute the OS Provisioning profile and OS Configuration profile on the targets you select, enabling you to provision in a consistent and repeatable way. Deployment plans are all based on defined templates that provide a sequence of steps to perform a task.


When adding an OS Provisioning profile and an OS Configuration profile to a plan, use the profiles that reference the same platform subtype.

After you create the profiles to define your tasks, you select a deployment plan template and create a plan that uses specific profiles. You can reuse the profiles in different plans to create consistency.

The following simple, multi-step, and complex plans include steps for OS provisioning:

  • Provision OS: Use this plan to provision an operating system.

  • Install Server: Use this plan to provision an operating system on the server and update the OS. The Update Software step enables you to update the OS or install additional OS packages. This step is run as part of the OS provisioning job.

  • Configure M-Series Hardware, Create and Install Domain: Use this plan to configure an M-Series server, create dynamic system domains, provision OS on the domains, and update the domains.

  • Configure and Install Dynamic System Domain: Use this plan to create dynamic system domains, provision and update OS on the domains.

  • Configure Server Hardware and Install OS: Use this plan to configure a service processor or a chassis, provision OS and update the OS.

  • Configure and Install Logical Domains: Use this plan to create logical domains and provision OS on the logical domains.

When you select a plan to apply, a list of eligible targets appears in the target selector list. Targets are eligible when they meet the criteria of the profiles, such as type of platform, and for which you have the correct permissions to perform the provisioning tasks. Before deploying the plan on the selected targets, you have the ability to review, add, and override the configuration settings for the plan. For example, you can change the IP address and the boot interface.