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Creating and deploying Mac images

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Deployment Solution lets you create and deploy Mac images. Imaging of a client computer involves copying the applications and settings of a computer into an image which is then deployed on other computers.

To create Mac images use the Create Image task and to deploy an image use the Deploy Image task in any preboot mode of the client. The client computer can be booted in preboot environment using a NetBoot image or in the automation environment using the DSAutomation volume. You can access the Create Image task and the Deploy Image task from the Manage > Jobs and Tasks menu.

Mac imaging is not supported on HTTP or HTTPS. You must have the Publish UNC codebase check box checked in the Package Server Settings page.

See Installing and uninstalling Automation Folder on client computers

The following process elaborates the steps that are involved in creating and deploying Mac images on client computer:

Table: Creating and deploying Mac image

Step

Action

Description

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

Boot the image source client computer to preboot environment

You must boot the image source client computer to preboot environment using one of the following:

  • NetBoot image

  • Automation folder

See Booting Mac computers with NetBoot image

Step 3

Create image of the source Mac computer

You use the Create Image task to create an image of the source computer after you boot the computer in the preboot environment or automation environment

See Creating a Mac image

Step 4

Boot the target client computer to preboot environment

You must boot the target client computer to preboot environment on which you want to deploy the image using one of the following:

  • NetBoot image

  • Automation folder

See Booting Mac computers with NetBoot image

Step 5

Deploy image on the target computer

Deploy the image on Mac computers using the Deploy Image task.

See Deploying a Mac image