I have been tasked with creating a default system image to use to both back up and use to deploy to new systems.

After checking the stats on the 7 systems in question I've found that there are multiple model identifiers.

Would I be correct in my assumption that a system image made for one model identifier would not be useful for a system with a different identifier?


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No, one image should work for all models of Mac that are compatible with that particular version of Mac OS X. A single image can be used across all kinds of Macs: MacBooks, iMacs, Mac minis, Mac Pros.

So check each of your 7 Macs and identify the most recent version of Mac OS X that each Mac can run.

  • So as long as they can handle the OS version the image was made with, we're ok?
    – SouthFresh
    Jul 19, 2013 at 23:39
  • Yes, that is how it has always worked. Oh, and of course you should also take the size of the image and the hard drive capacity of each Mac into consideration.
    – user9290
    Jul 20, 2013 at 2:43

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