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Installing Mac OS on an unknown computer

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Deployment Solution lets you install Mac operating system on an unknown Mac computer. An unknown computer is not managed by the Symantec Management Platform (SMP). For Mac computers, you must first boot the computer in preboot environment and then install the Mac operating system.

Following process elaborates the steps that are involved in installing Mac operating system on an unknown Mac computer:

Table: Process for installing Mac operating system on unknown Mac client




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 NetBoot image and NetInstall image using Symantec's Mac pre-OS Creation Utility

Create and modify NetBoot and NetInstall image to be installed on Mac client computer. You can do this using the Symantec's Mac pre-OS Creation Utility.

See Creating and modifying NetBoot images

See Creating and modifying NetInstall images

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 from where it is distributed to all the NBS in the network.

Step 5

Enable the NBS service to support Boot Service Discovery Protocol and configure response for unknown computer in NBS

Enable Enable the NBS service and Enable Mac NetBoot (BSDP) support in Network Boot Service Configuration from the NBS General Settings dialog box

In the NBS General Settings page, configure NBS to respond to unknown Mac computers and set the default image.

Ensure that the NetBoot image is modified using the Symantec's Mac pre-OS Creation Utility to make it suitable for Deployment Solution.

See Configuring NBS for Mac computers

Step 6

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 and the client receives and boots the default NetBoot image as set in the NBS in step 5.

Step 7

Create an Install Mac OS task and schedule it for the client computer

Create an Install Mac OS task to install the Mac operating system. Specify the details of the target volume in the configuration file on which you want to install the operating system.

If you want to clean the disk and partition it, do it before running the task. You must manually erase and partition the disk for Mac computers.

To run the task immediately, use the Quick Run option. You can also schedule the task for the client computer.

See Installing Mac OS using Deployment Solution

See Scheduling a deployment job or task