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Installing Mac OS on a predefined Mac computer

Deployment Solution

Deployment Solution lets you add predefined computers to a network and also install a Mac operating system on them. You can either add the details of predefined computers using the Add Predefined Computers Settings or import them using a .txt file or a .csv file. For Mac predefined computers, you must specify the MAC address of the computer. You must first boot the Mac predefined computer in the preboot environment and then install the Mac operating system on the client computer.

The following process elaborates the steps that are involved to install the Mac operating system on a predefined Mac computer using a NetInstall image:

Table: Process for installing Mac operating system on a predefined Mac computer

Step

Action

Description

Step 1

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

Create and modify the NetBoot and NetInstall images before you install the Mac OS on a Mac client computer.

Create and modify the NetBoot image and the NetInstall 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 and the NetInstall image to make them compatible for deployment-related tasks

See Creating and modifying NetBoot images

See Creating and modifying NetInstall 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 and configure response for predefined computers

Turn on the Enable the NBS service and Enable Mac NetBoot (BSDP) support in Network Boot Service Configuration from the NBS General Settings page.

In the NBS General Settings page, 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 7

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 6.

Step 8

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 new 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 schedule, you can either use the Quick Run option or schedule the task for the client computer.

See Installing Mac OS using Deployment Solution

See Scheduling a deployment job or task