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Booting a predefined Mac computer in NetBoot environment

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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.

See About predefined computers in Deployment Solution

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




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

Add or import a predefined computer

You can add predefined computers using the Add Predefined Computers Settings dialog box or import predefined computers using a .txt file or a .csv file.

See Adding or importing predefined computers

Step 4

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.

See Creating and modifying NetBoot images

Step 5

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 6

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:

  • Enable the NBS service

  • Enable Mac NetBoot (BSDP) support

See Configuring NBS for Mac computers

Step 7

Configure response for predefined computers in NBS

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

See Configuring NBS for Mac computers

Step 8

Boot the client computer in preboot environment

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.