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A basic how-to for using System Image Utility
Authored by: mm2270 on Dec 29, '08 10:40:45AM

Nice write-up, however, I'd like to mention a few things. Like Asmus mentions above, you can skip the steps of creating the .dmg if you are just creating a NetInstall set. Secondly, and more importantly, in my experience, its unnecessary to have your actual server create the Netinstall set in the first place. As long as you have an admin Mac somewhere that you install the Server Admin tools on. No, you do not need to be running OS X Server on this Mac, just the correct version of OS X (Leopard) to use those tools, including SIU. Just connect the target Mac you want to create your image from to the said admin Mac in target mode, run SIU, and follow the latter steps of choosing the system to create the image from.

This will save you the trouble of putting any unnecessary load on your server. The only extra step is you will need to copy the resulting NBI image file once its done to the appropriate location on your server. In most cases, this is in /Library/NetBoot/NetBootSP0, although in could theoretically be on any attached disk system if you set the location in Server Admin



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