Blancco Erasure Software can be "deployed" through network ("network/PXE booted"). Blancco Management Console 3 (or newer) has an inbuilt functionality for this purpose, but in actual larger production use, it is not sufficient enough. Blancco has released a guideline document which can be used to build a network boot environment based on Windows Server 2012 using the Windows Deployment Service.

The documentation describes how to setup Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and Windows Deployment Service in order to deploy Blancco Erasure Software ISO images to a target computer through PXE booting. IPXE is the latest open source PXE boot solution with a lot of features. The reader should have solid knowledge about Installing and managing Windows services, PXE boot environments, firewall settings and TCP/IP communication. Alternatively, you can choose to use gPXE which may offer better compatibility for certain hardware/network cards, especially for Dell servers.

iPXE instructions for Windows Server 2012:

https://download.blancco.com/general/manuals/pxe/Booting_Blancco_ISO_using_iPXE_in_WDS_2012.pdf

iPXE instructions for Windows Server 2008:

https://download.blancco.com/general/manuals/pxe/Booting_Blancco_ISO_using_iPXE_in_WDS_2008.pdf

gPXE instructions for Windows Server 2008/2012:

https://download.blancco.com/general/instructions/Booting_Blancco_ISO_WDS_2008.pdf

  • Note: Our earlier network boot environment guidelines were based on this documentation. It can be still used and it does not need to be replaced with the new solution if there are no issues with it. GPXE can offer better compatibility for some hardware including Dell. If you have problems booting specific hardware in an iPXE environment, it is recommended to try gPXE.

iPXE instructions for Ubuntu Linux: (installing DHCP, MySQL, TFTP)

https://download.blancco.com/general/manuals/pxe/Install_iPXE_and_BMC_in_Ubuntu.pdf