Booting a predefined Mac computer in NetBoot environment
Deployment Solution supports Mac operating system and lets you boot predefined Mac client computer in preboot environment. A predefined computer is a computer whose details are added in the Symantec Management Platform. You add the predefined computer details or import them from a .txt file or a .csv file.
The following process elaborates the steps that are involved to boot a predefined Mac client computer in preboot environment using a NetBoot image:
Table: Process for booting a predefined Mac client in preboot environment with NetBoot image
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
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 a NetBoot image to be installed on a Mac client computer. You can do this using the Symantec's Mac pre-OS Creation Utility. This utility along with the Apple's System Image Utility is used to create and modify the NetBoot image to make it compatible for Deployment Solution.
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
In the Network Boot Service Configuration of the NBS General Settings page enable the following services:
Turn on your Mac client with DHCP IP enabled and hold the N key of the keyboard. The client computer searches for the Network Boot Server (NBS) by broadcasting BSDP requests.
NBS receives and processes this BSDP request. The client receives and boots the default NetBoot image as set in the NBS
in step 7.