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[2017.09.08] DeployStudio build v1.7.8 (checksum, release note).
[2016.08.26] DeployStudio build v1.6.19 (release note).
[2013.02.23] DeployStudio last universal build v1.5.17 (release note).

#1 Re: Future » New iMac Pro is the End of Mac Imaging! (Redux) » 2018-02-02 16:13:45

> Trikster wrote:

> Seems that Apple has forgotten that there are lab computers that need custom configs in the User Template...  Can't really do that kind of stuff with Jamf.  Why does Apple not like imaging?

Because they are slowly moving macOS and iOS together is what I think is happening!  It started with SIP and now T2 and before you know it you will only have an app store to download apps for OS X only and other limitations that come with iOS!  I'm expecting Windows to become a subscription based OS here at some point as well.

Very sad times and I swore that Windows would go bye bye if they do a subscription and macOS may be right behind it if what I think is going to happen comes to light!

#2 Re: Future » macOS Server Changes » 2018-02-02 16:10:53

Yea, very sad times!  I donated here to help keep DeployStudio alive!  Hope it stays around as well!

#3 Re: Usage » Deploystudio Server System Preference not opening » 2017-02-09 21:37:38

I put the 1.6.18 Prefpane in place of the 1.6.19 and it launches fine and seems to be working on with that.  Backed up the 1.6.19 just in case, but not sure what is up with it?

#4 Usage » Deploystudio Server System Preference not opening » 2017-02-09 21:24:12

Replies: 1

Just updated an old 10.6.8 server to run Deploy Studio 1.6.19 and going into the System Pref Pane I am getting an error and it won't run.  Anyone ever seen this and know of a fix?

It relaunched the DeployStudio Server in 32-bit and then errors with

Preferences Error
You can't open DeployStudioServer Preference Panel preferences because it doesn't work on an intel based mac.

Don't recall any issues before with this.  How do you see the server status and stuff then?



#5 Usage » Possible to see 1.6.19 with ARD functionality fixed for 10.11? » 2016-05-12 23:34:28

Replies: 0

I'm stuck on 10.6.8 server for now.  Is it possible to release a 1.6.19 with ARD fixed for 10.11 netboot sets?

#6 Re: Usage » Latest way to bless and force client to netboot across subnets? » 2015-07-20 19:27:48

Well I'm not sure what changed, but things seem to be working normal again.  I think it had something to do with our new Gig switches as that's when it started, but it only affected older 2009 iMacs while the 2011 models worked fine.  I was just told that after the last time I had issues that they added ip device tracking probe delay and I'm wondering if that fixed the issue I was having.  I would think any delay would be a bad thing, but not sure.  Thats the only thing I am being told that's changed since then.  When things stopped working Gig switches were added and a bootp entry was added to DHCP for vmware dumb terminals to use to boot.  Being in a anti mac environment the macs were blamed for not being compatible with the gig switches that it was a driver issue or something.  I always thought it was something with the switches as I tried switching the ip address to my bootp server in DHCP and it didn't completely solve the problem.  Helped, but reliable.  For the past 15 years any time I tried to netboot it worked 100% of the time.  Whatever changed it usually didn't work or you would maybe get lucky and get one or two to work out of 6 or so.   So hopefully its fixed!

#7 Re: Usage » Latest way to bless and force client to netboot across subnets? » 2015-07-17 22:05:59

I thought the other way was supposed to be more reliable if you couldn't boot across subnets and stuff?  Once the client boots and grabs an IP from DHCP, I may be screwed anyway.  I always thought that longer way would force the client to pretty much boot from the netbook server bypassing some limitations like not having IP Helpers, etc.  Am I wrong on thinking that?

#8 Usage » Latest way to bless and force client to netboot across subnets? » 2015-07-17 20:25:36

Replies: 4

Hello all....I have been spoiled over the years with rarely having issues with netboot and stuff and one of our admins put in a bootp server in the DHCP settings for VMWARE clients for auto setup overruling the Mac stuff now.  When I try to netboot the globe just blinks and doesn't connect.   So now I am trying to be able to use ARD and send out a unix command to force the clients to boot from my netboot server across the subnets with IP helpers.  Everything has always worked fine till the DHCP bootp was put in.

Currently our setup:
Server is 10.6.8
Clients is 10.8.5
Hardware is a mix of 2009 iMacs and 2011 iMacs

What is the latest way to set the clients to force boot from the netboot server?

Here is what I tried without any luck....have been trying all kinds of combinations and all I get is no such file or directory error.  I know the IP is correct, the nbi is correct.  (IP has been changed to generic for posting on the net.)
bless --netboot --booter tftp:// --kernelcache tftp:// --options rp=nfs:

What am I doing wrong?



#9 Re: Usage » Can't create a Yosemite netboot or image » 2014-10-31 23:32:42

I never made a netboot set that way.   Can you go through the setup on the 5k iMac and install Deploy Studio and then create the Netboot set then?   Then upload it to the server and see how things go.   But that is a brand new iMac, I don't know if Deploy Studio will need any type of update to support that or not. 

- You can uninstall Deploy Studio with the uninstaller in the extras folder when you are finished
- You can reset Yosemite by booting into single user mode (cmd+s on startup) and rm -rf your user folder in /Users and get rid of the .AppleSetupDone in /private/var/db and get rid of the user in /private/var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/users

- No you shouldn't have to upgrade your server!  I'm running 10.6.8 still!   Just so Deploy Studio is the same version across the board and try and keep what ever you are making an image of that is the same version of your netboot set, which sounds like you are doing it all right.  I'm just not sure with how you made your netboot set, I have never done it that way so not sure if that would work.  Thats the only thing I see odd!


> gbrensinger wrote:

> We just got in an iMac 5K, and I am trying to make a restore image of it before they put it on the sales floor. I'm doing something wrong, as it's not working.

My DeployStudio server is a Mac Mini running OS X 10.8.5 Server. Just updated it to DS 1.6.12

I connected the iMac to the server with a Thunderbolt cable, and put the iMac in target mode. I then used the DeployStudio Assistant to create a new 10.10 netboot set using the iMac's drive. The creation said it was successful, but every time I try to netboot to it from the iMac, it kernel panics. The letters are tiny and it reboots quickly, but it said something about launchd.

I tried to create the image using the Runtime on the server but it said the workflow failed (my  guess is because the server is still running 10.8.5)

I saw a thread by Quad, which mentioned the kernel panic, but I didn't see any other threads where it was being addressed. (If I missed it, please direct me to it.)

Any help? Do I have to update my server to OS X 10.9 to get this to work?



#10 Re: Usage » Can't create a Yosemite netboot or image » 2014-10-31 22:25:20

I have a Early 2009 iMac that I am trying to capture an image of with running Yosemite on it and Deploy Studio won't make an image of it.   Create's the recovery partition image, but then fails when trying to create the main image.

DeployStudio Server on Mac OS 10.6.8 Server:  DS version 1.6.12
NetBoot Image created on newer hardware with Mac OS 10.8.5 and DS 1.6.12

The image is a fresh install of Yosemite that hasn't been run through the setup assistant yet.

Sounds like we are kinda having the same problem.  I'm going to re-make the Netboot image from a Yosemite image, but have my doubts it will work.

Fixed my issue!  Created the Netboot set with 10.10 and it seems to be working fine now.  Got alot further than before and running as I'm typing this.

#11 Re: Usage » Windows AD Home shares mount issues/solutions? » 2014-03-18 21:46:59

I simply use LaunchAgent and run the following, be carefull with nostreams and nonotification!  :
mkdir -p "/Volumes/UDrive"
mount_smbfs -o nostreams,nonotification //YourServerFQDN/students/Multimedia/$currentuser "/Volumes/UDrive"

* If you want to see the whole script as I pull from Active Directory based a scriptPath so Elec.cmd would be Electronic Students, Graphic.cmd would be Graphic Design Students:

Then in my logout script I have:
### List volume names and eject all but Macintosh HD and Temporary_Storage internal partitions.
/bin/ls /Volumes > /tmp/VolListTmp.txt
/bin/sleep 2
cat $strfile | while read strfldr; do
        if [[ "$strfldr" != "Macintosh HD" && "$strfldr" != "Temporary_Storage" && "$strfldr" != ".DS_Store" ]];
                         umount -f "/Volumes/$strfldr"
                         rm -rf "/Volumes/$strfldr"
                         echo Done un-mounting and logging out.....
/bin/rm -rf $strfile

#12 Re: Usage » Mavericks Server and Multicasting Working!! » 2013-10-30 16:41:30

Thank you.....was curious about this and haven't had time to test it.

#13 Re: Usage » Multicast with Deploy Studio speeds » 2013-10-07 17:35:49

> mjsanders wrote:

> agree with admin, 12 MB.
asr is much more sensitive to packet loss than common PC tools (too bad..)

As a side note: what is the number of clients? How often do you deploy?
Since one failed client with multicast takes lots of time for the second round, while 1 unicast failure is solved very fast...
As a rule of thumb I recommend this (again, ymmv) Under 12 I suggest to use unicast, between 12-20 it depends, over 20 multicast is worth investigating.

At least if, you deploy regularly. If you only deploy each computer initially, and only a second time in case of errors, it may be not worth the time at all to find out which multicast settings are best.

I have said for 12 years multicast wasn't setup correctly and all these years we used Ghost and WDS  without issues and then something happened and our network guys looked into more and got cisco involved and we found out some things where setup wrong and that has all been fixed and now trying to figure out what my problem is now.

We where just testing one/two/three machines.  I only deploy once a year at most, or unicast an image to a machine that is messed up once in a great while.   This year I haven't had to re-image anything because of no changes in software.

I have always had luck with unicast and image about 15 at a time, but always wanted to see multicast work and it seems to now, just at alot slower speed than WDS it seems.  Especially curious now that I know multicast is setup correctly, the WDS side has been stable and better than ever.

Best settings I found are 7 and 15.    I'm just puzzled at the slowness we see on the switches compared to the PC WDS side that are running double the speed.

#14 Re: Usage » Multicast with Deploy Studio speeds » 2013-10-07 17:27:48

> admin wrote:

> With a 100Mbs switch, the maximum theoretical bandwith is around 12MBs.
So, 8 is not bad at all, don't expect much more (10 max).

Yea but what gets me is the utilization on the switches of the port.  Its only using 40% or so when the WDS on Windows is using 95%, which sounds odd to me.

So I have it set to 7 or 8 and its actually running at what 5MB when it should be around 11+ like WDS is running.    Just trying to figure out where my bottle neck is.

#15 Usage » Multicast with Deploy Studio speeds » 2013-10-04 19:39:08

Replies: 5

Just wondering what others are seeing with Multicast with a similar setup as mine?  Yes I know alot goes into play with multicast, just want a rough idea of what others are seeing.

- XServe Late 2009 12GB RAID 5 on 3 drives.  Boot drive is SSD.  Images come from RAID 5.
- 10.6.8 Server
- Backbone to clients is GIG
- Boot image for Deploy Studio is from 10.7.5  (Believe 10.8.x multicast doesn't work)

- iMacs Late 2009 and 2011 models 4GB and 8GB Memory
- 10.8.4
- 100MB switches for now

Using deploy studio and the data rate and client data rate are only stable at 8MB and 15MB or I start loosing packets and the utilization on the switches are only at 40% or so.

If we multicast PC's with WDS they are utilizing 95%+ on the switches running the ports at full speed.

ASR just suck or what are others seeing?  I should be hitting higher speeds than this on the Mac side.

#16 Re: Usage » Finalize Script keeps running » 2013-06-04 20:41:40

Not sure what the long term solution is, but to get the computer booted you could simply stop the script from running.   I don't recall, but I would assume its being run under /Library/Launch Daemons or /Library/LaunchAgents.  Boot to a rescue drive or single user mode and remove the file.

#17 Re: Usage » slow deploy time » 2013-04-02 21:02:14

I have a 15GB image and can image about 15 reliably with unicast, anything over I would have clients failing to connect to the server, etc.  This last time I was doing 18 reliably.  We have 100MB to the desktop and Gig on the servers.  We are going to GIG on the desktop here over the next few years and can't wait for that.  Hoping ARD and imaging will get faster!  But I think I am usually around 8MB or so when imaging.  Think I can do one machine in 20-25 minutes or so and 45 minutes when I'm doing 15 or 18 machines if I remember correctly.

You have multiple things working against you, bandwidth on the network, how bad the switches are getting hammered, the server disks speeds, etc. etc.

#18 Re: Usage » Mountain Lion Deploy Studio NetBoot across subnets » 2013-02-22 20:26:05

Sounds like you need to look into ip helper address on your switch.

#19 Re: Install » How to go about starting again » 2012-11-08 02:56:47

Not sure what your asking, there isn't that much to it.   Install the Deploy Studio package on the server, create the server using DeployStudioAssistant.   Go to your latest computer hardware and latest OS and install the Deploy Studio package again and run DeployStudioAssistant on it and create a netboot set.   Use DeployStudioAdmin to setup your workflows so it knows what image to use, how to partition the drive, etc. and thats it pretty much.   Have to have Netboot turned on, on the server and have an image handy or create one.  Multiple ways to create an image, I still do it the old fashioned way of having a golden Master image.

Then when its ready a client that needs imaged boots off the netboot set you created on your latest hardware/OS and then it launches the runtime that you setup on the server and then your workflow is used to set the client up with an image.

Couple of guides here:

#20 Re: Install » DeployStudio brodacast over multiple VLANs » 2012-11-02 15:57:19

You said it.....need IP Helper put into your network for your server.  Once that is done you should be ready to go.

#21 Re: Usage » Changing Authentication Search Order » 2012-11-02 04:07:00

I think you want OD first so it looks to your OD server for MCX, etc. first and then AD second for authentication.  Probably DS is doing this for you.  I believe that is how I have always had my clients setup is with OD first.

#23 Re: Usage » Diagnostics Netboot » 2012-10-30 23:47:54

Note it doesn't work across subnets......been fighting that battle with them! 

Self Service Accounts:

#24 Re: Usage » Deploying Mac App Store applications » 2012-10-30 20:20:56

What about "Package Installs" workflow?    Could do it with regular imaging or setup a workflow to do just package installs I would assume, never tried it.

I use ARD for that type of stuff right now.

Or something else I do: 
I have a spare machine set aside that is one of our latest hardware and make the image off of it.  On that machine I have a imagemaker partition I boot too to create the image, then to do simple updates like Firefox, Chrome, etc I just drag the updated version to the image partition and use Disk Utility to make a new image then upload it to the server.  No cleaning the image involved again, etc because I never booted it again, I just had it mounted and dragged over the updated apps and re-created the image again.

Not sure if this is still true, haven't tested, but seems when you unmount the drive that is the image and then create the the new image it goes faster and creates the image quicker.   Then do the Scan for Restore and upload to the server.   Unless you create the image with Deploy Studio.  I still do the old way, it works, been reliable, etc.

#25 Re: Usage » Will 10.7.5 or 10.8.2 make a universal netboot set? » 2012-10-23 16:06:34

Maybe try taking the latest model iMac and creating an image for the desktops.  Take the latest Macbook and create the image for the laptops.   I don't think you have to do that, but might be something to try.

I also create my golden images an old way.  I have one latest iMac set aside with the hard drive partitioned with one bing the image, another for temporary storage and another for booting into to make the image called imagemaker.  Once the image is final I boot into imagemaker partition and get rid of caches, logs, etc and open Disk Utility, "unmount" the golden image drive, create new disk image under File menu New.  Then scan image for restore when its done under the Images menu.

But created the golden image from Deploy Studio should clean the image and do the same thing.  I never used it for making images, so not sure.  As long as things work I stick with them until they don't work instead of trying to reinvent the wheel.

I can't recall whether I ever took an iMac image and put it on a laptop or not, I think I did and had no issues.  Your going the other way laptop to desktop, but I don't think it should matter.   Odd issue!

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