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#1 2017-09-05 17:16:50

PaintedTurtle
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Registered: 2010-06-27

OS Installer Task

Given that, "monolithic imaging is no more supported by Apple... (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208020)," it would be really nice to be able to run an OS installer from within Deploy Studio. That should address the firmware issues expressed in HT208020.

I leave it to the DS Team to decide if the supported OS install images should be those created by System Imaging Utility,  the createinstallmedia command via terminal <https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201372>, some other process, or all of the above.

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#2 2017-09-05 18:12:55

PaintedTurtle
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Re: OS Installer Task

Another option might be to create a package for a NetInstall, that automatically runs a particular Deploy Studio workflow, after the NetInstall has finished.

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#3 2017-09-05 21:08:13

PaintedTurtle
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Re: OS Installer Task

Apple's own NetRestore must address this same problem. Maybe whatever NetRestore does, could also be done in Deploy Studio?

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#4 2017-09-06 08:56:01

mjsanders
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Re: OS Installer Task

I am not sure why this needs to be integrated into DeployStudio.

Netinstall sets can live at the same netboot server as DeployStudio runtime netboot sets.
Before sip you could script the reboot to an other netboot server, but SIP makes it very hard to script.
( see http://www.deploystudio.com/Forums/viewtopic.php?id=7435)

For the 10.11 to 10.12 update I had successfully created a pkg using the createOSXinstallpkg script ( https://github.com/munki/createosxinstallpkg/tree/master )
I deployed this .pkg using deploystudio (as postponed install) and that worked untill 10.12.4
This is no longer maintained since 10.12.4, so I am not sure if there is a similar project. (since Munki3 has its own way now to manage the OS upgrades)

I know imaging an upgrade is not supported, but I think the workaround is this 3 step method:
1-deploy the firmware update (extract from the Installer app as written here: https://www.afp548.com/2017/08/31/uefi-10-13apfs-and-your-imaging/)
2-trick is that for olders Mac's you need to deploy this pkg to an HFS boot volume.
after the (10.13 apfs compatible) firmware update, which requires a reboot;
3-the 'oldfashioned (and not officaly supported) wipe, deploy image works for APFS.
(see http://www.deploystudio.com/Forums/viewtopic.php?id=7947)

The last step is (according the apple docs) supported to restore same-version-OS.
I did some tests, and for my macbooks and iMac this 3 steps worked fine for me.
My environment are classrooms where I want the mac's to be imaged every time before starting a training class. (about once a week), So I can live with that.

This is according to Apple an edge case; the majority of the organisations should move to DEP + MDM + software management (like Munki3) and that is where Apple designs their processes on.
At the same time, I am happy that i can contiue to use DeployStudio for my classes.

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