DeployStudio can be configured to run as a stand-alone server app from a DeployStudio Assistant: A wizard that will guide you through the. I’ve also heard a few complaints regarding the documentation for DeployStudio being of date or hard to follow. In an effort to help those Mac. DeployStudio Guide v. ! 1. Table of Contents Whatʼs new in this guide ” Overview” Snow Leopard Server Components! DeployStudio Components! 3 4 5 6.

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DeployStudio Guide Version 1. Tuesday, September 1, DeployStudio Guide! Chapter 10 – Winclone! Tuesday, September 1, 1. Made several minor changes too many to list throughout much of the guide 2. Replaced nearly all screen shots to reflect changes and interface updates 3. Originally, this guide was based on DeployStudio Server 1. Several screen shots and capabilities have been added to this guide to reflect changes in DeployStudio Server. Some of the additions include a. The WorkInProgress folder has been changed to a hidden directory named.

You can now create a workflow that utilizes other workflows for simplifying the workflow creation process. Improved support for adding additional tools to the Utilities menu of the DeployStudio Runtime for additional preferred tools.

The NetBoot set creation now offers the ability to include Python and Ruby for package installers ie Microsoft Office that require these tools with their installers.

Also included the ability to turn on Custom TCP stack settings. Dynamic Computers Database content updating j. Many manuzl enhancements have been added but not included in this list. For complete details please visit: Added an external link that describes how to build a single Boot Camp Installer for any Intel Based Mac so that it runs the Boot Camp Drivers for Windows, therefore simplifying the number of Windows images required for multiple platforms.

Added a new Chapter 10, which includes Winclone configurations.

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Updated and added various troubleshooting items. Dual Boot System Image Deployment 1. Added a note that NetRestore is now retired 8. Changed a note regarding server setup relating to DNS.

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Originally it was suggested you unplug the ethernet cable during setup. It is actually recommended that you omit the DNS address in the network setup until the DNS service has been properly configured 9. Added a link for Security Access Control Lists for securing the server 1.

Added a link to the DeployStudio Forums in the Troubleshooting section of this guide. A link to the forums may be found here: Added notes regarding the fact that Windows deployment requires the master image be created on the same size partition as the partition it is being deployed to.

This limitation is due to that fact that DeployStudio, like NetRestore before it, cannot compress the Windows image when it is created. Nor does it have the ability to expand an NTFS partition after deployment. These notes were added to the image creation and image deployment pages. Included additional notes in the description of the Computer database update tasks. Added information to the Deployment chapter regarding NetBooting the client systems.


Added troubleshooting notes regarding long image creation times with a suggestion to restart the image creation process. Added troubleshooting notes regarding the NTFS partition size limitation.

Deploystudoo a variety of additional notes to the troubleshooting section. The author assumes no responsibility for lost time or lost data when deplostudio the tools described in this guide.

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DeployStudio is intended to partition and re-image systems and, when configured as such will erase all data on the drive. It is important to understand this capability as it can cause automated, unrecoverable data erasure, depending on the chosen, configured deployment. The author of this guide has no affiliation with the developers of DeployStudio. Third-party company and product names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective companies. Mention of third-party products is for information purposes only and constitutes neither an endorsement nor a recommendation to use those products.

The author assumes no responsibility with regard to the performance of these products. The forum may be found here: Snow Leopard clients have been tested in a limited deployment scenario with success. However, Snow Leopard Server has not been tested as the host server. DeployStudio, has emerged as the premier, free tool for creating, customizing and deploying images.

Initially, you may find all the features of DeployStudio a bit overwhelming however it is a comprehensive, well thought out solution for customizing and deploying images either locally or across the network.

DeployStudio can assist in the creation of single, dual and triple boot Macintosh systems. DeployStudio can also be configured to run locally from a hard drive.

This guide will concentrate primarily on setting up a private network based deployment of images to multiple machines simultaneously. DeployStudio documentation is sparse, which is the motivation for creating this guide. Other resources, including some topics not covered in this guide, may be found here DeployStudio Quick Install Guide: This guide will step you through setting up OS X Server, installing and configuring DeployStudio, creating images for deployment and deploying and customizing images.

It is important to first have a general understanding of the various components required. There are also a number of components in DeployStudio for building, managing and customizing deployment images. A summary of those services is as follows Leopard Server Components File sharing – AFP Apple File Protocol Retains a central repository for all DeployStudio Computer records, workflows, master images and scripts that is accessible from both the server and remotely from client systems for image creation and image deployment DHCP – Only if necessary and isolated from a main network ie.

Also a tool for creating PXE boot images DeployStudio Admin – Central location for recent activities managing computers and computer groups, creating workflows, managing master images for deployment and for maintaining scripts Activity – Monitor systems while their workflow is running.

Verify each step completed successfully and view logs for each session Computers – each computer can have custom scripts and workflows associated with it. It allows you to specify the hostname, new users, network settings, DeployStudio Guide!

Similarly you can create computer groups for automating the process on multiple machines simultaneously Workflows – Create custom step-by-step workflows for image creation, image deployment, partitioning, running scripts, installing packages, connecting to directory services, setting up various specific network settings and setting the firmware password.


Multiple workflows can be created for a variety of deployments all managed by individual computers or computer groups. Masters – Manage the master images you have created for deployment so that they can easily be added to workflows. Scripts – Customize scripts so for further system customization before or after deployment occurs.

DeployStudio Runtime – Tool for running various Workflows including image creation, image deployment and running scripts for customization. This tool will present itself when the system NetBoots or can be run locally to create or deploy deploustudio from the hard drive. By following this guide you will be able to deploy a Mac OS X While DeployStudio is a powerful and fairly intuitive tool, it does not offer full documentation or help files. Similarly it is reliant on several OS X Server Please see the DeployStudio web site for more information regarding the The following tools are necessary for a successful deployment: Mac OS X Server NetBoot – network based image hosting c.

DNS – a properly configured dns is required for server connectivity depkoystudio services e. Workgroup Manager – user creation for management and access f. Server Admin – enabling various services 9.

DeployStudio Server repository – folder for storing various components and scripts b.

DeployStudio Server daemon – service running on the server running DeployStudio services c. DeployStudio Admin – configure and edit workflows, computers, scripts and disk images e. Set up OS X Server Create users necessary for DeployStudio and image hosting 3.

Set up share points for image creation and deployment 4. Create a Mac OS X partition and install all necessary software 6. Create a Windows XP partition and install all necessary software including sysprep 7. Build and customize the images for mass deployment 8.

Build a basic NetBoot image for network based start up and deployment 9. Manage Workflows for system customization during deployment Start the clients from a network volume to pull images down to the local drive Utilize Winclone for Windows image creation and deployment Enable deployztudio utilize multicast images DeployStudio Guide! If your server is going to be used on a main network you will want to make sure you have a fully qualified domain name and a static IP address with the central DNS server prior to stepping dploystudio the Mac OS X Mankal Setup Deoloystudio Verify that the parent DNS server has been configured correctly by running nslookup or dig on another system.

For example in Terminal. If you plan to create a private network for deployment be sure to configure the en0 port to a private network address range ie A static non-dynamic address for the server is highly recommended.

Be sure to correctly configure the servers DNS name and IP address discussed in step 1 of this section. Choose Settings from the top then select the Services tab i.