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DeployStudio 101 – Part 3 – NetBoot – NetInstall

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Haydn

Hello
Great guide thanks! I’m just having an issue of my Mac refusing the NBI. I am trying to boot from the same device the NBI was created on and have also tried locally connecting the server to the client to remove any networking issues. Wondered if you could advise me on anything else to test?
Thanks
Haydn

Darren Wallace

Hi Haydn,
Thanks for your comments.
This would be difficult to troubleshoot through blog comments, so I’d suggest signing up to the (free!) Mac Admins Slack channel at macadmins.org and joining one of the channels there (I can be found as @daz_wallace).
For other suggestions, I would recommend using the Apple System Image Utility application which can be found in /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications on your Mac/s. I would suggest using this to build a vanilla NetBoot image to ensure that your server and network configurations are good.
Good luck!
Darren

Haydn

Thanks for your response Darren! I tested it with an older Macbook pro creating a new NBI and that worked so I’m think they must be something wrong with NBIs on my new Macbook?

Darren Wallace

Hi Haydn,
If you tested it with the DeployStudio creation tool, then it would certainly look like an issue with the OS on the new MacBook.
I would suggest creating a Virtual Machine (either using Virtual Box, Parallels or (My favourite) VMWare Fusion) running the latest Version of OS X and use this to create the DS NetBoot image.
Good Luck!
Darren

Robert

Thanks for putting these guide together. I only have one question, in our environment when have several Macs including some with dual boot (OS X and Windows). For the dual boot computers if a user holds the option key while booting up, it displays all the available boot images including NetBoot. Is there a more practical way of
hiding the NetBoot image besides me turning the Netinstall service on and off as needed?

Darren Wallace

Hi Robert,
There two possible options you have:
1) As you said, you can disable the netboot service when it’s not needed and enable it when you do.
2) You can put the Mac clients on a different VLAN so they can’t see the netboot server but that would mean you’d need to move the Macs to image them.
Good luck!
Darren

Maggie

Hi Darren,
I work at a school with two computer labs. We no longer have an IT person helping us with our systems and he has set up deploy studio networked with a repository located at my desk and connected to a headless server in a different room deploying a disc image for our lab computers. I don’t know the first thing about deploy studio or imaging computers. Our lab computers are running really slow especially when the students try to run the adobe suite software. I think there is something wrong with the software being deployed it runs slower with the disc image. I would like to “unmount” deploy studio and reinstall the software on each computer and not worry about disc imaging. I have ARD and that does the trick.
I am writing you because I need to know how to deinstall deploy studio, any thoughts?
Best,
Maggie

Darren Wallace

Hi Maggie,
To answer your direct question, to uninstall DeployStudio download the installer from here, and in the “Extras” folder will be an uninstaller.
To answer your issue more fully, it’d be unlikely that DeployStudio would cause ongoing slowness with the lab devices as it is only used to deploy an image and / or software initially and is not installed on devices ongoing. The issue may lay more with the configuration of the devices themselves. I’m afraid that without spending some time digging into the devices and their configuration it would be difficult to diagnose.
If you’re no longer under IT support internally, I suggest reaching out to your nearest Apple Consultant which you can find here.
Good luck and I hope that helps!
Darren

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