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Image a Mac with Boot Media (Endpoint Management Tools - Mac)

This article applies to: Endpoint Management Tools


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

  1. Boot the computer into OS X from a USB drive. CIT provides a Boot Image with Casper Imaging pre-installed that you can restore to a USB drive. You can find the Boot Image here:
    smb://files.cornell.edu/CU/MacDP/Tools/BootImages
    For more on how to use the boot image refer to our Use the Boot Image article.
  2. Launch Casper Imaging (from the Casper Suite folder) and log in with your NetID and password.
  3. If prompted, enter the URL of your JSS server in this format:
    https://jssmgt.it.cornell.edu/yourJSSInstance
    For example, https://jssmgt.it.cornell.edu/limnology
  4. If prompted ("Casper Imaging wants to make changes."), login with your MacOS Admin username and password.
  5. In the Casper Imaging tool, choose a Target Drive.
  6. Choose whether or not to Erase the existing contents of the Target Drive you selected.
  7. Enter a Computer Name.
  8. Choose an Install Configuration. After choosing a Configuration, the left column will fill in with the task list for that Configuration.
  9. Choose whether or not to Reboot the computer when the installation is finished.
  10. If applicable choose a Distribution Point. (If not sure, use the default. HTTP distribution points are not supported for imaging.)
  11. If you'd like to automate the re-imaging of this computer in the future, use the Automated Imaging Options checkboxes to indicate your preferences.
  12. The following (lettered) steps are optional. They allow you to include additional tasks that are not part of the basic configuration you selected above. Do not click Install until you have made your desired changes to this entire set of tabs.
    1. In the Casper Imaging toolbar, click Custom Install. Then include as many (or as few) of these additional steps as appropriate for your installation.
    2. Click the Packages tab. You can add packages in your software repository (but not already included in the Configuration you selected) by placing a check next to them.
    3. Click the Scripts tab. You can add scripts in your software repository (but not already included in the Configuration you selected) by placing a check next to them.
    4. Click the Printers tab. You can add printers in your software repository (but not already included in the Configuration you selected) by placing a check next to them.
    5. Click the Accounts tab. You can (1) create local accounts by clicking the plus sign in the New Local Accounts section, (2) automatically binding the computer to an Active Directory domain if you have created a Directory Binding Policy on the JSS server, and/or (3) setting the Open Firmware/EFI Password to prevent tampering at the firmware level.
    6. Click the Network tab. You can configure the network settings (for example, IP Address, DNS Servers, etc...) for the different interfaces on the machine that you'll be imaging. Any fields left blank here are not changed when imaging.
    7. Click the Advanced tab. You can use the Apple Remote Desktop Info Fields to include custom data. The Advanced Options section allows you to Fix ByHost Files, Update Pre-bindings, Fix Permissions, and Show Setup Assistant After Reboot.
  13. Click Install.

About this Article

Last updated: 

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 12:58am

Audience: 

IT Professionals

Operating System: 

Macintosh

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