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Booting a managed Mac computer in NetBoot environment

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Deployment Solution lets you boot a managed Mac client computer in preboot environment with NetBoot image. A managed computer is the one that is managed by the Symantec Management Platform.

You can boot a managed Mac client in the preboot environment using a NetBoot image or you can boot a Mac client in automation environment using the DSAutomation volume. The DSAutomation volume is installed on the Mac client computer by enabling the Deployment Automation folder for Mac - Install policy.

See Setting up automation environment on Mac computers

The following process elaborates the steps that are involved in booting a managed Mac computer in preboot environment:

Table: Process for booting a managed Mac client in preboot environment




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 (NBS) on a site server before you perform any other configurations.

See Installing Network Boot Service on site server

Step 3

Create and modify a NetBoot image using Symantec's Mac pre-OS Creation Utility

Create and modify NetBoot image that is used to boot the Mac client computer. You can do this using the Symantec's Mac pre-OS Creation Utility. This utility along with Apple's System Image Utility is used to create and modify the NetBoot image to make it compatible for Deployment Solution.

Step 4

Create preboot environment

Create a preboot environment with the NetBoot image. The preboot environment ensures that the NetBoot image is uploaded on the Notification Server computer from where it is distributed to all the NBS in the network.

Step 5

Enable the NBS service to support Boot Service Discovery Protocol

Enable the following services in the Network Boot Service Configuration from the NBS General Settings dialog box.

  • Enable the NBS service

  • Enable Mac NetBoot (BSDP) support

See About NBS General Settings

Step 6

Configure response for managed computers in NBS


Create a Boot To task.

You can do either of the following:

  • In the NBS General Settings set default response for managed computers. Configure NBS to respond to managed Mac computers and set the default image.

  • You can also boot a managed Mac computer using the Boot To task.

    See Creating a Boot To task

Step 7

Boot the client computer in preboot environment

Turn on your Mac client and hold the N key. The client computer searches for the NBS by broadcasting BSDP requests. NBS receives and processes this BSDP request. The client then receives and boots the default NetBoot image as set in the NBS in step 6.

If you have scheduled a Boot To task, the client computer receives the task as scheduled.

See Creating a Boot To task