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Deploying Your OS X Image with LANDESK Mac Provisioning

Deploying Your OS X Image with LANDESK Mac Provisioning

Image deployment, finally!

Hopefully if you’ve arrived to this point, you’ve already built out the necessary preferred package server, built your NBI file, configured the LANDESK Core server with the NBI details, deployed the service to capture the NetBoot request, blessed your El Capitan clients, created and captured your gold image and it’s finally time to reap the benefits.

Watch the how-to video:

Creating an OS X Image Deploy Template

  1. From the LANDESK Console, open Tools > Provisioning > OS Provisioning
  2. From the menu tree, highlight All My Templates from the My Templates folder or the All Public Templates from the Public folder
  3. Click the New Template dropdown button from the Operating System provisioning toolbar and select the Mac Deploy Template
  4. Provide a name and description
  5. Specify the path to save your Mac and Windows image files.  The path should be smb://fqdn/share/filename.dmg for an OS X image or smb://fqdn/share/filename.image for a Windows image.  Just make sure your preferred server credentials have access to the shares.
      • Alternatively you can also use the afp protocol if you want to host it from an OS X server
  6. Add the path to store the profile, leveraging the same format in the previous step
  7. Push the Create button

Edit the Deploy Template

  1. Right click on the template created and select Edit
  2. Ensure the Netboot action has the Server variable set to your PXE rep or OS X server unless you’re using the USB NetBoot environment.  The server URL format should be bsdp://ipaddress to ensure compatibility with El Capitan’s SIP.
  3. If deploying a Mac and Windows image, adjust the partition sizes in the Create Partitions actions under Pre-OS Installation.  You can set the sizes in percentages so the template can work on any HD size.
  4. Set the correct partition identifier on the Deploy image action(s) under OS installation inside the Command-line parameters box.  Make sure you do this for all Deploy Image actions.
      • For convenience, the action can be renamed in the properties panel if you have multiple images being deployed.   
  5. Add any System Configuration actions desired, such as deploy software

Deploying a Provisioning Template

  1. Right click on the template created previously and select Schedule Template
  2. Drag the desired machine(s) to image onto the task created in Scheduled tasks
    • If deploying to an unmanaged machine(s), create a record for the new device(s) in the Network View > Configuration > Bare Metal Server tool.  See the help file for more info.
  3. Right click on the scheduled task created and select Start Now > All
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