Imaging Apple computers

Posted on 2013-10-03
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I wonder if there is an imaging software for Apple computers.
for instance, we want to set up a Golden image with all applications on it, and deploy that image to remote computers when they boot up (PXE boot).

Any help will be very much appreciated.

Thank you
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You can use Disk Utility which comes with all Macs. You can find it in /Applications/Utilities:


Paid alternatives are:

Carbon Copy Cloner: http://www.bombich.com
SuperDuper: http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html
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The links above are ONLY for creating the disk image .. however to deploy it across a network of Macs you need a different application.

There is a great tool called DeployStudio (http://www.deploystudio.com/Home.html) which will do all that .. and it is FREE (dontations accepted).

You can create a master boot image and have a network of macs load the image on boot.

You don't need OSX Server for this as it is purely a deployment solution.  Alternatively you can use an OSX Server and use the suite of tools for NetInstall and NetBoot.
The advantage of this is you can also then use the OSX Server tools to manage user accounts, profiles, access etc .  

You can also use the OSX Apple Remote Desktop tool to manage and support a network of Macs - https://www.apple.com/remotedesktop/

There are also a couple of commercial tools for computer imaging, deployment and management which have a few other features
Casper Suite - http://www.jamfsoftware.com/software/caspersuite
Centrify - http://www.centrify.com/solutions/mac-os-desktop-management.asp
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The image deployment I need is the zero touch from the user side. I mean all that a user needs to do is to reboot the computer and , if necessary, I may need to ask them over the phone to keep holding a key when it is rebooting.

I wonder what would be the right solution in this case ?

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The DeployStudio and/or the Apple Server with NetInstall & NetBoot both work as you require.
You will have to setup each Mac to look on the network for a bootable image.

Read more on DeployStudio here

Read more on Apple Server and NetBoot on apple support website

The first time you do this .. it will take a little more than a simple keypress as it sounds like the macs are not setup to operate like a computer lab.

There are lots of videos on YouTube about how NetInstall & netRestore work
or how to use DeployStudio

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