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NetRestore & 10.7 images on 10.8 Server

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Jan 7, 2013 3:41 PM

I haven't used NetRestore/Install functionalities since 10.6, so my understanding of how things work may be dated.  Currently, I have a 10.8 server that I'm trying to get to serve 10.7 NetRestore images.  I understand that I need a 10.7 box to make 10.7 images, so I'm making the images in Lion and then uploading them to my ML server.  The creation process goes fine and, once uploaded and placed into the correct folder, NetInstall serves the image fine.  Client computers even see the NetRestore image as an option for startup disks but when I try to boot them into it, it gets as far as the Apple Logo and spinning gear - and it just keeps spinning.


Clients never show up on the ML NetInstall client list but logs show the computers accessing it - no errors, though - just nothing happens.


I've seen one old post from last year referencing Lion and the need to produce images from Reference releases but I don't remember SIU ever being that picky in 10.6... is there a way to produce a usable image without going through the arduous task of doing a complete reinstall from a reference release?  Is there a way to clean up a prospective computer that's been combo updated to where it will create a functional NetRestore image?

  • Richard Cartledge Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 6:23 AM (in response to gimpi)

    Do you mean Apple Netinstall, or Bombich's Netrestore? If the latter, that is super obsolete.

    Try Deploystudio.

    A bit of an initial learning curve, but once you are used to it, it's great.

  • Brian Nesse Level 4 Level 4 (2,750 points)
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    Jan 10, 2013 8:09 AM (in response to gimpi)

    You might check to make sure the both the NFS and HTTP (Web) services are configured and running properly. If I recall correctly, NFS is the default protocol for images created in 10.7, HTTP is the default protocol for images created in 10.8. It sounds like your NFS service is not configured correctly. Turning the NetInstall service off and back on *should* correct this.

  • Brian Nesse Level 4 Level 4 (2,750 points)
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    Jan 11, 2013 12:58 PM (in response to gimpi)

    A couple of useful commands:

    $ nfsd status

    $ cat "/etc/exports"

    $ showmount -e


    status should be enabled AND running

    contents of exports should match the output from showmount

  • SBMTS Calculating status...
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    Jan 11, 2013 2:41 PM (in response to gimpi)

    It's definitely true.  Ran into this with Lion Server serving a Lion NetRestore image a couple months ago, with the same symptoms as you described.  I "updated" the image with the installer from the app store and haven't had any issues since.

  • SBMTS Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 6:21 AM (in response to gimpi)

    You can; however you'll need to use the full os x installer from the app store to update the image, sort of like the old archive and install option from 10.6.  Making a bootable USB of the installer makes it much, much easier. The install will leave things like home directories and the applications folder untouched, replacing just system files. It's annoying if you have a customized skeleton directory or something like that, but you can always back those up and copy them back after the installer is done. 

  • Brian Nesse Level 4 Level 4 (2,750 points)
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    Jan 14, 2013 8:06 AM (in response to gimpi)

    No. You most certainly can not make valid images from a combo updated source.


    Prior to Lion, combo updates used to contain scripts that modified the BaseSystem install receipt so that it "learned" about new drivers and libraries that were added to the OS during the update process. This was the process that allowed the combo updates to create a valid "new" OS install. This process is no longer supported, so the updated OS has no way of knowing what all of its required pieces are.


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