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#1 2018-06-12 14:51:18

MacApple79
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From: Meppel
Registered: 2012-04-03

Restoring 10.13.5 on MacBook Pro A1708 (14,1)

Hi, after a few years without using DS server I'm trying to setup a working enviroment again.

This is my setup:

• Mac Mini Mid 2011 (5,1)
• El Capitan 10.11.4
• Server 5.1 (15S5127)

I have created a NBI from a new MacBook Pro (A1708 14,1) with High Sierra 10.13.5. From that nbi I am able to boot into DS runtime.
I've booted a fresh machine (out of the box with 10.13.3) into DS runtime en created a master from it.

When I try to put this image back to the exact same type of Macbook I get the flashing ? folder

I've tried puzzling out multiple posts on this form but I'm unable to crack this one.

Also on already working Macbook Pro's (10.13.5) I cannot put back a woring image, every darn time I get the "?"

Am I missing something, from what I understand it must be possible
[url=http://www.deploystudio.com/Forums/viewtopic.php?pid=30214]this topic[/url]

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#2 2018-06-12 21:31:29

mjsanders
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From: Delft, Netherlands
Registered: 2008-09-02
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Re: Restoring 10.13.5 on MacBook Pro A1708 (14,1)

Capturing master images from an APFS volume is a hit and miss for me. (more miss than hit)

I stick to creating images using AutoDMG, adding only a few extra packages, and rename computer, add users using the DS workflow steps.
The question mark is an indication that you miss one or more of the 4 volumes (Macintosh HD, Preboot, VM and Recovery)
These are not capture in the master (my guess) or not restored due towrong destination selection.
Restore to 'first disk available' (not a volume, because the restore will restore a 'container' with 4 volumes) works best for me.

I have not tried 10.13.5 yet, but that you can netboot this set is something other forum members will be jealous of. :-)

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#3 2018-06-13 08:24:12

MacApple79
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From: Meppel
Registered: 2012-04-03

Re: Restoring 10.13.5 on MacBook Pro A1708 (14,1)

Hi mjsanders,

I stil have DeployStudio on an external disk from which I am able to restore 10.13.3 succesfully.
When I tried to select the startupdisk I got a message about bless (placing startup files by performing "bless" failed).
I then ran macOS Combo update 10.13.4
Now macOS boots normally.

I'm adding the macOSUpdCombo13.13.4 in DS now for testing and will let you know if it works. If it works on external disk, I will then try on the server.

To be continued.

**UPDATE**
When installing the update.pkg from within DS everything works fine. So now onto the server. Keep you updated.

Last edited by MacApple79 (2018-06-13 08:54:50)

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#4 2018-06-13 10:01:11

MacApple79
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From: Meppel
Registered: 2012-04-03

Re: Restoring 10.13.5 on MacBook Pro A1708 (14,1)

On DS Server this doesn't work.

I guess we go and buy a lot of thumbdrives, that's a lot faster too ;-)

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#5 2018-09-06 16:38:15

monaronyc
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Registered: 2018-09-05

Re: Restoring 10.13.5 on MacBook Pro A1708 (14,1)

Stick with 10.13.3. Anything after is broken. Then once you get the MB imaged, you can use the Software update workflow to bring it to the latest. One caveat here, you'll need to use the reformat workflow to wipe and reformat the disk. so you can apply the 10.13.3 image first. So far all the new Macs we've received still boot in 10.13.3 even though they came pre-bundled with a later version of the OS. THANK GOODNESS!

Last edited by monaronyc (2018-09-06 16:39:30)

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