Apple Mac OS X Advanced Server Deployment v10.8 — A 3 day course

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This course has been retired. Please review the Apple Mac Advanced Deployment 10.8 course instead.

The Apple Mac OS X Advanced Server Deployment v10.8 course is a 3 day instructor led event with plenty of hands on labs that provides a really in-depth look at how to deploy OS X systems. The course covers a range of topics from deploying single files to the deployment of multiple OS X systems.

Throughout the course you will use a number of Apple tools including NetBoot & NetInstall Service, Software Update Server, Cashing Service, Remote Desktop, System Image Utility and Package Maker. This course also offers an introduction to the DeployStudio deployment package, which offers some great features to optimise Mac Deployment.

Suitable For

This class is for Mac OS X system administrators who need to know how to streamline the process of installing and configuring a large number of computers running Mac OS X.


Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending this course:


This course has been retired and is no longer available.


Deployment Planning

The course starts with an overview of what planning is required to develop a strategy for a deployment scenario.

Deploying Individual Items and Containers

Deployment can often involve just single files, archives and containers that need to be installed or updated to an OS X system.

We will look at how to use Apple Remote Desktop and OS X Server for this purpose.

There is also an explanation of the differences between packages, bundles and archives as well as handling legacy OS resource forks.

The Mountain Lion GateKeeper security feature is also introduced.

Installation Packages

How Apple installer technology works for software distribution, including how to create custom installation packages using Apple Package Maker.

Creating Entire System Images

Learn how to create full system images for a complete deployment of OS X Mountain Lion.

Understand the differences between cloned systems and modular systems.

Deploying System Images

Install and configure the Apple NetInstall service for Deployment.

Creating and managing NetBoot, NetRestore and NetInstall System Images.

Post Imaging Deployment Considerations and System Maintenance

In this chapter we will discuss the various techniques available to apply post installation configuration such as setting the Firmware password, modifying preferences and Post Imaging Serialization.

Learn how to keep your OS X clients updated via the Apple Software Update sever or the new Mountain Lion Caching Service.

Additionally, a range of features available through Remote Desktop are discussed

Deploying Macs with DeployStudio

Finally, we will take a look at the DeployStudio deployment package for additional Deployment features which work perfectly with the Apple NetInstall service.

Through a collection of hands on labs you will be able to configure pre and post imaging scripts to perform common tasks such as naming computers, binding to active directory and configuring other computer specific settings.