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Build a Casper Admin Repository (Endpoint Management Tools - Mac)

This article applies to: Endpoint Management Tools, Antivirus


This page is intended for IT support professionals. End users should contact local IT support.

The Casper Admin Repository is where items such as OS images, application installers, printers, dock items, and scripts are located. The actual installer files and disk images are stored in what is called a distribution point, which is a Windows network file server. Casper uses the CIT Shared File Service as the main distribution point. Storage for your images and software is provided as part of the service and has been pre-configured for you to use.

Building the Repository

Before imaging computers and deploying software you will need to build up your Repository. CIT has pre-built OS images for the Cornell Standard Mac Hardware Bundles and has compiled a software catalog ready for use with the Casper Admin Repository. When you add items to the Casper Admin Repository, they are automatically uploaded to your distribution point and recorded in your Casper instance's database.

Adding Software to the Repository from the Central CIT Software Catalog

  1. Launch Casper Admin (from the Casper Suite folder) and log in with your NetID and password.
  2. In the left column, under Repository, click All Items.
  3. In OS X Finder, from the Go menu, choose Connect to Server.
  4. For Server Address, enter

    smb://files.cornell.edu/CU/MacDP/Software
     
  5. Click Connect. A Finder window for that folder will open.
  6. Drag and drop the software packages you would like to use from the new Finder window to the main window of the Repository in Casper Admin.

Adding Other Software to the Repository

  1. Launch Casper Admin from the Casper Suite folder and log in with your NetID and Password.
  2. In the left column, under Repository, click All Items.
  3. Drag and drop the OS images and/or installer packages you would like to use from a Finder window on your computer to the main window of the Repository in Casper Admin.

Categorizing Items in the Repository

Once you've added items to your Repository, you can assign a category to each item. Categories help you organize your Repository, making it easier to locate items. When you first add an item to your Repository, the text for that item is blue. This indicates that the item has not been assigned a category. Each item can be placed in only one category at a time.

Creating a Category

  1. In Casper Admin, click New Category.
  2. Enter the desired category name and choose a priority, then click OK.
    Note: Priority values influence the sort order of categories in Self Service; lowest numbers are displayed first, then alphabetically within each priority level.

Assigning a Category to an Item

You can assign categories either of two ways: drag-and-drop or via item properties. Use whichever you prefer.

Drag and Drop Method

Click and drag your item from the main Repository window, dropping it on the name of the desired category in the Categories section.

Item Properties Method

  1. Double-click on the item in the main Repository window. An Information dialog box will open.
  2. Click the Info tab.
  3. Use the Category drop-down list to select the desired category.
  4. Click OK to close the dialog box.

About this Article

Last updated: 

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 12:58am

Audience: 

IT Professionals

Operating System: 

Macintosh

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