Imaging Apple computers

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

http://nyacomputing.com/how-to-create-a-bootable-clone-of-your-mac-hard-drive/

Paid alternatives are:

Carbon Copy Cloner: http://www.bombich.com
SuperDuper: http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html
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nobusCommented:
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
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.
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5599
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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jskfanAuthor Commented:
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 ?

thanks
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
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
http://deploystudio.com/Doc/Entries/2013/8/15_Quick_Install_Guide.html

Read more on Apple Server and NetBoot on apple support website
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5599

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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn2tkMRNmoY
or how to use DeployStudio
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH66ijLhu_8
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