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OS X Mountain Lion Server For Dummies by John Rizzo

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Chapter 15

Mass Deployment of OS X

In This Chapter

arrow Creating an image with System Image Utility

arrow Using NetBoot for remote startup

arrow Installing the OS over your network with NetInstall and NetRestore

Walking around your office installing OS X on computers can easily consume your day — or week. And having multiple Macs all downloading 4GB copies of OS X over the Internet can quickly eat up your network bandwidth.

No problem. Have Mountain Lion Server deploy the operating system for you. Using System Image Utility, you can implement three features of OS X Server — NetBoot, NetInstall, and NetRestore — to move the operating system over the network to the client Macs. Each tool automatically deploys the OS in a different way and for a different purpose. All three tools start with using System Image Utility to create a system image — a prototype installation that will be used across your network. You can even customize the image with your own settings.

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