4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 27, 2012 12:53 PM by gilsurf
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Is there a way to create a Lion NetRestore image and have it run from a SnowLeopard server?

 

I'm helping roll out a large number of new iMacs in an organisation who's got a Snow Leopard server. Restoring a pre-prepared image onto each machine will be a lot faster than setting the machines up one by one from scratch.

  • Brian Nesse Level 4 (2,930 points)

    You can download the Lion Server Admin Tools onto any Lion system and use that system create a NetRestore image of a Lion client. When it's done, simply copy it onto the Snow Leopard server and host it.

  • gilsurf Level 1 (0 points)

    I did just this and it does not boot. All settings on 10.6 server are OK, image enabled, etc. It can select the netrestore image, but the boot process goes on for a very long time. Thoughts?

  • Brian Nesse Level 4 (2,930 points)

    Did you create the source image by updating the system using a Combo Updater? You might want to check out this kbase article: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4178

  • gilsurf Level 1 (0 points)

    In the end, the issue was how I made the image. I made the image from instructions on another site. Main issue seems to be that I did create image from folder in disk utiltity and then used that in system image utility. What worked in the end was to make an image in SIU directly from the golden master in target disk mode. The image is for the same type of computer, so no need for a generic image. But good tip. Thanks!