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#1 2018-06-06 21:33:53

chrisb42
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Registered: 2014-03-14

Deploying an APFS image to a hard disk-based Mac

Now that I have a working 10.3.3 netboot image (minus remote control abilities, sadly) – thanks to the tips from http://www.deploystudio.com/Forums/viewtopic.php?id=8060 –, I now also played with the first Mojave build, using DS 1.7.9. I could create an APFS image from an SSD-based iMac just fine and also re-deploy it, but trying to deploy it to a hdd-based iMac failed, complaining about the Mac having a regular hard drive, as prior to Mojave, these machines would still use HFS. Is this something that needs to be fixed in DS to allow this? Or will it potentially require a Mojave-based .nbi?

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#2 2018-06-07 20:40:04

burningyeti
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Re: Deploying an APFS image to a hard disk-based Mac

You do understand that APFS was created specifically for ONLY solid state drives yes? Standard hard drives that support 10.13 will need to be created in an HFS+ format to work correctly.

In order to image a Mac with a standard harddrive, you're going to have to build a different image through AutoDMG and ensure that you select the HFS+ format vs. APFS in the creation process. You can find more information about AutoDMG and it's options here:

https://github.com/MagerValp/AutoDMG/wiki

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#3 2018-06-07 22:27:34

chrisb42
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Re: Deploying an APFS image to a hard disk-based Mac

I was talking about the just-announced macOS 10.14 Mojave, which is going to use APFS also on regular hard drives and fusion drives, hence the need to be able to deploy APFS images to Macs with regular hard drives or fusion drives.

As I mentioned, I was successfully able to capture an APFS image from an SSD-based iMac running 10.14 with DS and deploy it as well to another SSD-based iMac (same hardware configuration).

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#4 2018-06-08 18:30:13

burningyeti
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Re: Deploying an APFS image to a hard disk-based Mac

Have you had success plugging in the Mac in question in target disk mode and attempted to restore the image using asr by chance? That's always a quick test for me to verify it's working or not.

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#5 2018-06-11 17:09:14

Peteo
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Re: Deploying an APFS image to a hard disk-based Mac

> burningyeti wrote:

> You do understand that APFS was created specifically for ONLY solid state drives yes?

This 100% not correct. APFS works on all spinning disks, hybirds and SDD's. Apple delayed pushing it out to spinning disks because they where having some issues with fusion drives. 10.14 supposedly fixes these issues and all drives with be formatted as APFS

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#6 2018-06-13 18:25:22

chrisb42
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Re: Deploying an APFS image to a hard disk-based Mac

> burningyeti wrote:

> Have you had success plugging in the Mac in question in target disk mode and attempted to restore the image using asr by chance? That's always a quick test for me to verify it's working or not.

No, and I doubt I'll have much time testing that. But from the error message it's obvious that it's a limitation of either my 10.13.3 .nbi or DeployStudio itself:

"Workflow aborted

Cannot find a valid disk for restoration (SSD and not current boot drive)."

When I have some free time, I might play with the beta for Mojave and create an NBI based off that to see if that changes things.

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