Systems Management Question

iMac Pro does not NetBoot. How you are managing deployments?

07/30/2018 1287 views
We got our first iMac Pro to our environment and after reading and researching came to a full stop
when realized that "NetBoot it is not supported by iMac Pro"  and looks like "Monolithic imaging" soon will not be an option.

We had try turning off the secure boot as showed here but still no luck in connecting to our SDA. 

How are you imaging these iMac Pro on your environment? looks like this new secure method will make us turning to the use of a MDM and Apple DEP.

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  • We're having to transition from handling Macs using our SMA instead of the SDA. We don't yet have Apple DEP set up, but it is on our list. This is what we're doing:

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The ability to NetBoot definitely has a short life span. The iMac Pro was the first model to contain the T2 security chip and the latest round of MacBook Pro updates includes it also. It's a good bet that any future models released by Apple will have the T2 chip installed. 

We are in the process of transitioning to Apple DEP and MDM. We went with Mosyle Manager for our MDM system, their prices are very reasonable and it works pretty well for our needs. At this point Mosyle installs the SMA Agent and software can either come from the K1 via managed installs, or via DeployStudio. We never used the K2 for macOS imaging so I'm still leveraging our DeployStudio server to handle software installs without using NetBoot.

Answered 07/31/2018 by: chucksteel
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