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KACE Systems Deployment Appliance 4.1 - Administrator Guide

About the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance (K2000) Getting started Using the Dashboard Configuring the K2000 Setting up user accounts and user authentication Configuring security settings Preparing for deployment Managing device inventory Using labels Creating a Windows Boot Environment Managing drivers Capturing images Capturing user states Creating scripted installations Creating a task sequence Automating deployments Performing manual deployments Imaging Mac devices About the Remote Site Appliance Importing and exporting appliance components Managing disk space Troubleshooting appliance issues Updating appliance software About us Legal notices Glossary

Perform a unicast Mac OS X image deployment

Perform a unicast Mac OS X image deployment

For unicast deployments, you can use the K2000 Imaging Utility to capture and deploy Mac OS X images to devices that are on the same subnet as the appliance. You can download the Remote Site Appliance (RSA) to the K2000 to deploy images to devices on different subnets.

2.
Click the K2000 Imaging Utility icon in the Dock to start the application.
3.
Click Deploy Image.
4.
Select the image from the Image Name drop-down list.
5.
Click Start Deploy.

Environment variables for any script

Environment variables for any script

Quest KACE provides environment variables that you can use with the task engine to access the full path of hardware drives in the NetBoot environment, and to access the basename of device drives.

Quest KACE environment variables:

$KACE_SYSTEM_DRIVE_PATH: Accesses the full path of the hardware drives in the NetBoot environment, such as /Volumes/SomeDrive.
$KACE_SYSTEM_DRIVE_NAME: The basename of the system drive. For the above example, SomeDrive in /Volumes/SomeDrive.

Performing multicast Mac OS X image deployments

Performing multicast Mac OS X image deployments

You can perform multicast Mac OS X image deployments from the KACE Systems Deployment Appliance Administrator Console if your network configuration supports multicast routing. The K2000 supports multicast deployments for El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion system images, versions 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8 and 10.7. You can assign boot actions to initiate the deployments. Multicast deployments from the K2000 Imaging Utility cannot trigger a boot action. Multicast deployments support only single-partition images.

For Mountain Lion, you can copy the source media on to a DVD, see http://www.itninja.com/question/how-to-create-mac-dvd-for-mountain-lion-10-8-for-k2000-netboot.

Create a multicast DMG image deployment

Create a multicast DMG image deployment

You can create a boot action to initiate deployments for Mac OS X DMG images on the next network boot. The target devices must be on the same network as the K2000 appliance.

1.
On the left navigation pane, click Deployments to display the Automated Deployments page.
2.
Under Name, select the boot action to display the Automated Deployment Detail page.
3.
Under Options, select Run at next boot to deploy the image on the next network boot.
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Optional: Under Type, select Multicast, then click Show advanced settings.
In Timeout to wait for connection 'Ready to receive' state, increase the timeout to allow target devices more time to network boot. The default is 10 minutes.
In Transmission Rate, lower the default transmission rate from its default of 8MB for higher transfer reliability.
5.
Under Devices, enter one or more MAC addresses to add devices that are not in the inventory, then click Next.
6.
Click Save.
If the device is on: Under System Preferences, select the Startup Disk, then select the K2000 NetBoot Environment.
If the device is not on: Power on the device, then press the Option key, and click K2000 NetBoot Environment.
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