System Center 2012 can do bare-metal provisioning using IPMI. Relying heavily on templates through System Center 2012, you define the skeleton options--such as MAC address, networking and storage--which are resolved either at runtime, such as an IP address via DHCP, or are taken from a template like a host name. What is interesting is that System Center can discover server hardware and make it available.
Inside Virtual Machine Manager, we defined our new hardware host and applied it to a server. You can readily track the progress of the deployment.
Mike Fratto is a principal analyst at Current Analysis, covering the Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology markets. Prior to that, Mike was with UBM Tech for 15 years, and served as editor of Network Computing. He was also lead analyst for InformationWeek Analytics ... View Full Bio