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I am trying to automate a Mac Deployment for a fleet of MacBooks. Previously this wasn't an issue, we'd just make an image machine, capture with OS X server and deploy to the other Macs.

All has now changed since the introduction of APFS

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So basically most of the articles out there are correct when they say imaging Macs in coming to an end. I talked to a Systems Engineer at Apple and he confirmed that the way to do it going forward is through MDMs. Basically when you upgrade to High Sierra it does a bunch of firmware updates on the disk that make deploying images not possible -- or at least a lot harder

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My Actual Question

We use VMware fusion on all our Macs and previously we would make a Windows Image and it would go along with the Mac Image, easy peasy. But now we have to deploy VMware fusion from MDM. I am able to do this quite easy and even pull the VM files from a network share.

I am just wondering if anyone is able to, or has seen a way to use the Download from Server function that is in the GUI on the command line. It would make my deployment process a lot easier. I could build my windows image on vcenter and then download it to the Mac.

Download from Server Fusion

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