6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 11, 2013 9:58 AM by piperspace
pperrella Level 1 (0 points)

a couple of years ago, I had the basics on using system image utility. 

A couple of questions.

1. can I create and restore 10.8 or 10.7 images on my server that is running 10.6?  I remember having to upgrade my server from 10.5 to 10.6 to work with 10.6 images.

2. are there fundamental differences between the SIU from 10.6 and what is on 10.7 or 10.8?

  • Brian Nesse Level 4 (2,930 points)

    You can serve any images from any server. You can only create images for a specific OS on that OS.


    The functionality hasn't changed significantly since 10.6. The primary, user visible, differences being:

    - System Image Utility recognizes Install OS X Applications since 10.7

      - System Image Utility lives in /System/Library/CoreServices as of 10.8

  • piperspace Level 2 (305 points)

    Server Admin Tools no longer exists in 10.8.


    You must purchase and install the full Server App from the Apple Store in order to use SIU.



  • Brian Nesse Level 4 (2,930 points)

    That is an incorrect statement. You must purchase and install the Server.app to run a NetBoot server.


    System Image Utility is now installed as part of the client OS, and exists on every 10.8 system. While it is true that Server.app will sub-launch SIU, you can also simply navigate to /System/Library/CoreServices and double click on System Image Utility.

  • piperspace Level 2 (305 points)

    That is good news and I can confirm SIU is present on my 10.8.5 cleint.


    Thanks for the clarification Brian.

  • pperrella Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Brian and piper.


    I think my fuzzy understanding of this is causing me to not understand whether I need to upgrade the OS on my server that I'm using for both NetBoot and SIU.

  • piperspace Level 2 (305 points)

    If you are done making 10.6 images you probably want to upgrade your server.


    If you need to make images for more than one version of the OS you need "client" machines with SIU.


    The NetBoot service on the server is happy to serve up images for more than one version of the OS.


    However, SIU will only create images for the version of the OS its running on.