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Questions tagged [netboot]

Apple technology for booting Macs over the network. NetBoot, NetInstall, and NetRestore and related imaging topics.

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launchctl config file location?

I'm trying to configure a NetBoot image so that a script will automatically launch on the target machine after it boots from the image I've been using this article as a reference: https://medium.com/...
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NetBoot Server Alternatives for macOS 10.14 Mojave?

Apple has removed, among many other things, DHCP serving and NetBoot Serving from their 'server' app in conjunction with the new OS. This won't affect 99.5% of people but I'm in the minority. I fix ...
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Which NetBoot Server Am I Booted From?

Is there a way I can tell which NetBoot server a client machine has booted off of, from within the client machine itself? This is kind of an obscure question, but I am in an environment that has two ...
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How do I setup a NetBoot of El Capitan using Lion Server?

I have an old MacBook running Lion Server that I want to be an El Capitan NetBoot server. I downloaded the Install El Capitan Application on a supported computer, and then copied it to the ...
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Add Directory Service to macOS image

I'm trying to add an Active Directory service to macOS image. I know how to bind AD on a Mac but I was looking for an automated way to do it for a large deployment 50–100 Macs, i.e add it in an image ...
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NetInstall fails when downloading kernelcache

When trying to boot a NetInstall or NetRestore image over the network all works fine until the client tries to download the kernelcache file. At block 3005, the client keeps sending ACKs for block ...
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Cannot boot to NetInstall image

I have one Mac Mini with Server installed and the NetInstall service On. It looks like this: I plugged an ethernet cable into this Mini, and plugged the other end into a MacBook. I'm now trying to ...
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Unable to create a NetBoot image on Sierra

I've been trying for a couple of ways in every way imaginable to create a Netboot image for sierra. Up until now I've tried doing the following: - Mounting the disk from a vm and using that as source -...
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Install Mac OS X via network across different subnets

We have more than 70 subnets and lots of switches. I want to install Mac OS X to client computers. By the way the computer may have an operating system installed or not. I want to put an Apple Server ...
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OSX Server Cannot Find itself

Everything was working perfectly last week when I left it and no-one (accessible by only 4 people in our IT department) has touched it. Okay, we use OS X server and Deploy Studio to manage our apple ...
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Mac NetInstall does not send booter on specific devices

Using Mac Server on 10.9, with only NetInstall working (we use InfoBlox for DHCP) I can successfully NetBoot to our only image from a iMac Pro (Core2Duo), but not from a MacBook Pro (Intel i7, ~2012). ...
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Netboot cannot get DHCP IP address

Testing netboot on a Macbook Pro 9,2 with Yosemite installed. Infoblox DHCP/DNS (Linux style) giving out IP address. Reservation for this Mac is set - Logging into OSX provides correct IP etc. I have ...
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Automated mass MAC Address and Serial Number collection with NetBoot or NetRestore

I work in an environment that utilizes OS X Server's NetBoot and NetRestore on a daily basis for preparing Macs for resale. I am working on a new, custom image for a customer that has a special ...
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NetRestore image fails to install, no reason given

I've got a Mac Mini running the latest version of OS X Server, and two iMacs. Both iMacs are the same model (Mid 2007 20-inch, 2 Ghz Core 2 Duo). On one of the Macs I have installed 10.9.4 and ...
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iMac 14,1 won't Netboot from Deploy Studio server running OS 10.8

A little background, we have a lot of iMacs at my organization, different models. We have about 5 different servers running Deploy Studio. I have found that any of the 14,1 iMacs (late 2013) will ...
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DeployStudio Kernel Panic

We have setup a DeployStudio server on a Mountain Lion server and also a NetBoot set on the server for deploying an image for a lab of about 70 workstations. We are in the process of upgrading them ...
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Diskless NetBoot images served from a 10.8/10.9 server will not consistently boot

When hosting a diskless Netboot image from a server running 10.8/10.9 (I have witnessed this with both) the client machine will frequently not boot giving an error: mount_afp: AFPMountURL returned ...
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Is it possible to NetBoot into Windows?

I have a MacBook Air (2013) and I would like to run (that is, boot into) Windows without creating a partition for it. I also want to keep it mobile within an office area, so I would prefer not to use ...
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HTTP Get is not working stable after Netboot

I am booting a Netboot Image with a MacMini 5.1, after the system is up a shell script calls a server via curl. At the moment the Internet connection is up and running. I verify that doing a ping to ...
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Netboot Image - Where is the user generated data stored

I have a OS X Lion Server hosting netboot images. I also have a 10.8 Server for creating 10.8 images, but am hosting all images from one 10.7 NetBoot server. When a client machine boots a specific ...
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How to clone user accounts via Apple Remote Desktop - Mountain Lion

I am trying to configure a middle school lab of 25 new iMacs running 10.8 Mountain Lion. I would have liked to have cloned them over the network, but we don't have a Mac server. Right now they are all ...
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MacBook Pro won't find network boot disk

My optical drive doesn't work on my MacBook Pro, and my Internet connection is too slow to use the recovery partition to download Lion. I have a disk and a Windows PC I can use on the same network. I ...
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How to include iLife with a NetInstall Image of Lion?

I've got a NetBoot server set up on Lion server that pushes several NetRestore and NetInstall images. While I have a NetRestore image that already has iLife '11 on it, I want to have a NetInstall ...
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Does the iMac EFI Update 1.7 change how NetBooting works?

I have a NetBoot server to manage all the Macs in my office. However, when I started a weekly backup of one of my iMacs last week, after rebooting and holding N, I saw the blinking globe for a few ...
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Is there an easy way to update a NetBoot image?

I have a NetBoot image which I use for booting into to do things like disk maintenance and testing new applications without having to install them on my workstation. It's really handy, but I created ...