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Booting Mac computers with NetBoot image

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Deployment Solution lets you boot different types of Mac computers such as unknown or bare metal computers, predefined computers, or managed computers in the preboot environment or the automation environment using a NetBoot image. A NetBoot image is created using the Apple's System Image Utility and must be modified before you use it in Deployment Solution. You can create and modify a NetBoot image using the Symantec's Mac pre-OS Creation Utility.

See Launching Symantec's Mac pre-OS Creation Utility

To boot a Mac computer, besides the NetBoot image, you also require to configure the site server on which the Network Boot Service (NBS) is installed.

See About Network Boot Service

The NBS settings let you configure the default response setting for unknown, predefined, and managed Mac computers. The default response of the Mac client computer is set based on the NetBoot image that you configure for the type of client computer. The client computer then boots in the preboot environment using the NetBoot image. You must hold the N key of the keyboard while booting the Mac computer that is added into the network to receive the default NetBoot image.

The basic steps that you must execute to prepare the environment for booting Mac computers with NetBoot images are as follows:

Table: Booting Mac clients in preboot environment

Step

Action

Description

Step 1

Launch the console

Launch the Symantec Management Console. You can launch the console either from the Start menu of the Notification Server computer or from any computer of the network. To access the console from a different computer, you must type the following:

http://<IP address of NS>/altiris/console

Step 2

Install the Network Boot Service on a site server

Install the Network Boot Service on the site server.

See Installing Network Boot Service on site server

Step 3

Create and modify a NetBoot image

Create and Modify a NetBoot image using the Symantec's Mac-preOS Creation Utility.

See Creating and modifying NetBoot images

Step 4

Create preboot environment

Create the preboot environment with the NetBoot image.

Step 5

Enable the NBS service to support Boot Service Discovery Protocol (BSDP)

Enable the BSDP support from the NBS general settings.

See Configuring NBS for Mac computers

Step 6

Configure response for unknown, predefined, and managed computers

From the NBS General Settings page, set response for unknown, predefined, and managed Mac computers.

You can boot the following types of Mac clients:

See Booting an unknown Mac computer in NetBoot environment

See Booting a predefined Mac computer in NetBoot environment

See Booting a managed Mac computer in NetBoot environment