We have finally solved this problem, so I thought I'd post the solution here for anyone else who might be searching for a mass deployment solution using fit-PC2 and Altiris DS (or something like it).
The first part of the solution is to use the May 12, 2010 (or later) BIOS update from Compulab. This allows the fit-PC2 to PXE boot from the Altiris deployment server and have an O/S installed.
Get it here: http://www.fit-pc2.com/wiki/index.php/BIOS_ROM_Files
However, that isn't the end of it. At this stage, the fit-PC2 will show up in the deployment console with an identifier of "Not Applicable".
File comment: Serial Number "Not Applicable" - Altiris DS
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If you only have one fit-PC2 on your network this might work, but since that's not likely, you'll need something a little more unique.
After much searching of network traffic captures, we discovered a that this string comes from the DMI strings in the fit-PC2 BIOS, and in particular is one of the serial numbers (the system serial number), intended to be unique.
Along the way we also discovered that by default, the UUID in the BIOS isn't unique either, but is set to 0101010101...01.
The solution to both of these issues is to use the SFlash16.exe utility available with the BIOS updates to set these to unique values.
For the UUID, this is done by booting into DOS using the image supplied by Compulab, and typing:
SFLASH16 /UUID DEVEL34X.ROM
where DEVEL34X.ROM is the name of the .ROM file you got from Compulab. (make sure it is dated May, 2010 or later, and if you have 2GB, use the other version in the zip)
This will install the new BIOS and generate a new UUID, which is unique, into the fit-PC2 BIOS.
To set the serial number in the DMI strings, you run SFlash16 again, but this time with different switches.
SFLASH16 /DSS:Sbc00002032 /MODE=1 DEVEL34X.ROM
where "Sbc00002032" is any string (up to 25 chars) that you would like to set as the system serial number.
After it completes, you will get this in Altiris instead:
File comment: Altiris DS with new serial number
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It should be possible to do both steps at the same time by typing
SFLASH16 /UUID /DSS:1234567890 /MODE=3 DEVEL34X.ROM
but I haven't tried that so I don't know for sure what the effect would be.
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