Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 26th Apr 2014 19:43 UTC
Mac OS X

As part of some maintenance here, I did a little research as to how to set up NetBoot for various different Macs. For this piece, interchange 'NetBoot' with 'NetInstall' if you're being pedantic - I'm NetBooting the install disc for a particular OS. NetBooting a full install should also be possible using the same techniques.

Mavericks Server (an app free to all developers) has a built-in NetBoot (NetInstall) server GUI, but it only supports a handful of modern versions of OS X. Thankfully, if you follow the instructions in the bootpd manpage you can manually build NetBoot images supporting both PowerPC and Intel Macs going back to OS X v10.2.

Because we can.

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USB Sticks
by Macrat on Sat 26th Apr 2014 23:42 UTC
Macrat
Member since:
2006-03-27

Much easier to keep the installers on USB sticks than setting up a server.

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RE: USB Sticks
by Vanders on Sun 27th Apr 2014 00:04 UTC in reply to "USB Sticks"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Not when you have 40 of them per. rack and the racks are 3000 miles away.

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RE[2]: USB Sticks
by tidux on Sun 27th Apr 2014 00:19 UTC in reply to "RE: USB Sticks"
tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

That's when you use PXE instead, so you can also netboot things like Windows installers, Linux installers, live diagnostic systems like ubcd or Finnix, or even FreeDOS images with BIOS flasher tools.

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RE[3]: USB Sticks
by steventroughtonsmith on Sun 27th Apr 2014 01:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: USB Sticks"
steventroughtonsmith Member since:
2012-05-06

Not very useful for PowerPC machines!

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RE[4]: USB Sticks
by tidux on Sun 27th Apr 2014 02:00 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: USB Sticks"
tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

Why not, you can boot PPC Linux over PXE.

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RE[2]: USB Sticks
by Macrat on Sun 27th Apr 2014 00:30 UTC in reply to "RE: USB Sticks"
Macrat Member since:
2006-03-27

A server rack should be VMs of course.

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RE[3]: USB Sticks
by Vanders on Sun 27th Apr 2014 11:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: USB Sticks"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

You've still got to get the hypervisors on them...

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RE[3]: USB Sticks
by p13. on Mon 28th Apr 2014 05:30 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: USB Sticks"
p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

I know people like to virtualize everything, but there are more than a few instances where this is most definitely not a good idea, although it certainly doesn't stop people from trying.

To list a few situations where virtualisation is not desireable:
- High I/O workloads (databases, media, VOD, etc)
- Low latency requirements (automation, security, etc)
- Time sensitive applications (there is no RTC, and the emulated one might/will drift based on the amount of time your VM causes the hypervisor to spend waiting on system calls)
- Direct hardware access (PBX, OpenCL, etc)

There are more, but you get the idea.

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RE[2]: USB Sticks
by areimann on Mon 28th Apr 2014 16:20 UTC in reply to "RE: USB Sticks"
areimann Member since:
2006-06-12

Classic.

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Deploystudio
by xexen on Sun 27th Apr 2014 01:28 UTC
xexen
Member since:
2006-04-02

Deploystudio is great for this also. I use a combination of Deploystudio and Munki to maintain around 100 macs. Deploystudio can also netboot PC's if setup correctly.

Edited 2014-04-27 01:29 UTC

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Comment by biffuz
by biffuz on Sun 27th Apr 2014 15:17 UTC
biffuz
Member since:
2006-03-27

It's also useful if you have a PPC wih a broken CD. Not all of them can boot off USB.

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