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Configuring NBS for Mac computers

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The NBS General Settings option of the Network Boot Service (NBS) lets you configure one or more site servers with the preboot configuration settings. For Mac, the preboot configuration setting is used to configure the client computers to boot in the pre-OS or the preboot environment using a NetBoot image. The preboot configurations are applicable for the unknown computers, managed computers, and predefined computers of an enterprise network.

You can access the NBS General Settings option from the following menu of the console:

  • Settings > Notification Server > Site Server Settings

    In the Site Management view pane, access Settings > Network Boot Service > Settings > NBS General Setting

  • Settings > Deployment > NBS General Settings

To configure the NBS settings

  1. In the Symantec Management Platform (SMP) console, click Settings > Deployment > NBS General Settings.

  2. In the NBS General Settings dialog box, configure the following Network Boot Service Configuration settings:

    Network Boot Service Configuration

    Lets you configure the Network Boot Service (NBS) for a site server.

    To enable or disable the policy, you must select the Turn On or Turn Off icons on the right side of the dialog box or page.

    Apply NBS settings immediately

    Check the option if you want to apply the NBS policy immediately on the site servers.

    If the option remains unchecked then the NBS configurations changes are applied as scheduled in the Symantec Management Agent (SMA) for rolling out policies.

    Enable the NBS service

    Check the NBS service to enable the service on the site server.

    By default, this option is checked.

    Enable Mac Netboot (BSDP) support

    Check the Netboot (BSDP) support to enable Mac client computers to boot using the Mac NetBoot images.

    Ensure that you add the following services on the site server on which you enable the NBS service before you check Enable Mac Netboot (BSDP) support:

    • Windows Role Services for Network File System (NFS) for Windows

    • Windows Services for UNIX (SFU) for UNIX

    Reset button

    Lets you restore the previous configuration that you performed for the NBS site server.

  3. In the NBS General Settings dialog box, for the Initial Deployment (Unknown Computer) Menu configure the following settings:

    Netboot menu (Mac) tab

    Set these options to repond to the unknown computers that are added in the network.

    • Respond to unknown computers

      Check this option if you want to respond to the unknown computers to configure them to NetBoot environment.

    • Default Boot image

      Select the default NetBoot image with which you want to boot the client computers.

  4. In the NBS General Settings dialog box, for the Redeployment (Predefined Computer) Menu configure the following settings:

    Netboot menu (Mac) tab

    Set these options to repond to predefined computers added in the network.

    • Respond to Predefined computers

      Check this option if you want to respond to the predefined computers to configure them to NetBoot environment.

    • Default Boot image

      Select the default NetBoot image with which you want to boot the client computers.

  5. In the NBS General Settings dialog box. for the Redeployment (Managed Computer) Menu configure the following settings:

    Netboot menu (Mac) tab

    Set these options to respond to the managed computers.

    • Respond to Managed computers

      Check this option if you want to respond to the managed computers to configure them to NetBoot environment.

    • Default Boot image

      Select the default NetBoot image with which you want to boot the client computers.

  6. Click Save changes.

  7. Again, in the console, click the Settings > Deployment > NBS Global Settings menu.

    See About filtering computers through NBS Global Settings

  8. In the NBS Global Settings dialog box or pane, click Save Changes.

For more information see the following video:

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