Booting a managed Mac computer in NetBoot environment
Client Management Suite for Mac
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.
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
Launch the Console
Launch the Symantec
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.