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Installing Mac OS using Deployment Solution

Client Management Suite for Mac

Deployment Solution lets you install Mac operating system on client computers. You can perform OS installation using the Install Mac OS task.

You can access the Install Mac OS task from the console's Manage > Jobs and Tasks > Create New Task > Install Mac OS.

You can execute Mac OS installation for the following:

Ensure that the client computer hard drive has proper partitions and the target volume is correctly mentioned in the configuration file before you perform the Install Mac OS task on the client computers

You can access the Mac configuration file from the following location:

<instaldir>\Program Files\Altiris\Notification Server\NSCap\bin\UNIX\Deployment\Mac\NetInstall\AnswerFile\

After performing the operating system installation, if the client computer is not able to connect to Symantec Management Platform, then you must manually install the Symantec Management Agent

To view the logs, go to

<instal_Volume>/var/tmp/AltirisAgentInstallStartup/ and click AltirisAgentInstallStartupLog.txt.

If you want to install Mac OS on multiple client computers, you must do the following settings to ensure that correct inventory details are displayed on the Notification Server computer

  • Go to Settings > Agents/Plug-ins > Targeted Agent Settings > All Linux/Mac Workstations. In the UNIX/Linux/Mac tab, set the following in the Computer information:

    Return the following information as computer name as DNS name.

    Return the following information as computer domain as DNS name.

  • Go to Settings > Agents/Plug-ins > Targeted Agent Settings > All UNIX/Linux/Mac Servers. In the UNIX/Linux/Mac tab, set the following in the Computer information:

    Return the following information as computer name as DNS name.

    Return the following information as computer domain as DNS name.

To perform Mac OS installation

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, from Manage menu select Jobs and tasks.

  2. Right-click Jobs and tasks and select New Task.

  3. On the Create new task page, select Install Mac OS.

  4. In the Install Mac OS task page, you must specify the values for the fields.

    The fields and descriptions are as follows:

    Task name icon

    Lets you specify the Install Mac OS task name.

    OS Flavor

    Lets you select the OS version for Mac from the drop-down list.

    OS NetInstall Image

    Lets you select the NetInstall image.

    Ensure that you have modified the NetInstall image using the Symantec's Mac pre-OS Creation Utility and uploaded the image to Notification Server computer. You can upload the NetInstall image by creating a preboot configuration for the NetInstall image.

    See Creating and modifying NetInstall images

    Configuration File

    Lets you browse for the configuration file that you want to use for the installation. The configuration file stores answers for the required parameters during installation of the operating system.

    The configuration file is placed at <instaldir>\NSCap\bin\UNIX\Deployment\Mac\NetInstall\AnswerFile\

    Symantec recommends that you set the ShouldErase parameter as False. If you set it as True, then you must select the drive, on which the Mac operating system must be installed and install the Symantec Management Agent and Deployment Plug-in manually on the client computer.

  5. Click OK.