Software Deployment Question
10/30/2018 785 views
Just wanted to ask if thse who are imaging macs.
What they are using and how they are doing it as with Apple pushing DEP
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Imaging macOS is basically no longer an option. I don't believe that Apple will release any new macOS hardware capable of using NetBoot and I wouldn't advise taking time to try and make imaging work via other methods. If you aren't willing or able to implement DEP and MDM, then your options are becoming limited. Bootstrappr is one option that has gained traction - https://github.com/munki/bootstrappr
If you can't setup DEP for some reason (e.g. not available in your country) then you can still use a mobile device management platform that supports macOS (unfortunately, Quest's KACE MDM does not). It will need to be installed manually on systems, however.
Our current process looks like this:
Boot it up
Go through Setup Assistant which enrolls device in our MDM (Mosyle in our case)
Mosyle installs the KACE agent and sets some settings (creates local admin user, some prefs, etc.)
KACE handles pretty much everything else
Since we have a DeployStudio server setup with all of our macOS apps packaged, I created a script that will install DS on the client and launch it. We use automation on DS to automatically launch a workflow that installs all of our standard software instead of using managed installs for everything.
Answered 10/30/2018 by: chucksteel