Building an Apple Mac Server for School and Deployment Purposes

An Apple Mac Deployment Server

In 2010 we set up a Test Apple Mac Deployment Server, later in the same year after extensive testing and evaluation we set up a permanent Apple Mac Deployment Server, this is a log of what was done.

Logs Mac Server Build

  • Set up AFP NFS Netboot and Web services
  • Followed standard DeployStudio install, created specific user for Deploystudio
  • macserver.student.local/DSRepository AFP share owned by user deploy
  • Created netboot sets from latest hardware (imac)
  • Joined server to AD
  • Configured Open Directory Master – connected to directory and master
  • Run software update on server
  • Install ARD admin
  • Software update
  • Created applications share
  • Captured Factory Install image from Macbook
  • Captured Factory install image from iMac
  • Create DeployStudio workflow for restore
  • Restore factory image to iMac
  • Set software update server
  • Run Software Update
  • Apply Fix for local domain
  • – mkdir /etc/resolver
  • – nano /etc/resolver/student.local
  • –   contents: nameserver 10.10.1.13
  • nameserver 10.10.1.10
  • – nano /System/Library/SystemConfiguration/IPMonitor.bundle/Contents/Info.plist
  • mdns timeout to 5
  • Install applications
  • Run adobe enterprise package tool
  • Install adobe update server on xserve
  • Update adobe server
  • Installed script to periodically update adobe server as launchagent
  • Create adobe package using AMEE
  • Install adobe package on client
  • Run adobe updater on client
  • Copy preferences into user template
  • Create admin user
  • Captured image

Applications Installed

  • iWork
  • Cord
  • Burn
  • Firefox
  • Google Sketchup
  • Google Earth
  • VLC
  • Perian
  • Flip4mac
  • Clickview
  • Open office
  • Adobe CS5
  • Musescore
  • Tuxpaint

Everything seems to be working well.

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