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    How do I ghost a MAC

    Hi

    I have 20 new MACs to install which need to dual boot into Windows. I intend to complete the installation onto one machine, and was hoping to Ghost the remaining 19. Is there a way to use Ghost with a MAC?

    Regards
    Paul

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    Bombich Software: Carbon Copy Cloner

    If you have os x server 10.5.x then I made a pdf thats somewhere to be found that I could send you if your interested
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    Take a look at Carbon Copy Cloner.
    Bombich.com: Bombich Software
    That will give you an option for cloning from one mac to another, but you really need mac server to have a proper ghost casting option, as far as I know.

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    We went the way of DeployStudio a few weeks ago when we imaged 28 iMacs, easy to setup if you've got OSX Server 10.5 to manage the clients.

    You can view info about DeployStudio here: DeployStudio - It's a freeware!

    Additionally, if you fancy having a screen presented to your users to make a choice between the OSX and XP when the imac boots up, then try using Bootpicker, more info here: Apple - Education - IT Professionals - BootPicker

    Otherwise users will have to hold down the option key to select a desired partition or OS.

    Hope you find the above useful.

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    What kind of Macs are they?

    iMac, Mac mini, Macbook, etc..

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    Just been using DeployStudio myself... it's brilliant! I run it on OS X 10.4 server.

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    Hi

    Just got back from lunch & WOW! Thanks for all replies.

    Here's what we have:

    1 OS X Server v10.4.11
    20 iMacs OS X v10.5.6

    My MAC knowledge is extremely limited (think postage stamp), but I'm OK imaging the iMacs & getting them to dual boot into Windows (thanks networkmanager for the tip regarding Bootpicker).

    Once I have one in this ready state, what would you suggest is the best/easiest way to image the other 19. I dont really want to spend weeks learning how to do this :-D

    Regards
    Paul

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    Also look at the stickies at the top of this forum ... Ross has put together some fantasitc guides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    Also look at the stickies at the top of this forum ... Ross has put together some fantasitc guides.
    That's a good point I keep forgetting about those

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    Deploy Studio can also Remote Install normal PCs and it works quite well. Relatively quick.

    Deploy Studio is also quite quick for macs. Just deployed a dual boot system this week. Both partitions took about 2.5 minutes each.

    After reading your last post HallX, i would probably suggest Deploy Studio. It will help with all of the other stuff you would have to do before binding to an AD/OD setup. For instance Deploy Studio can be configured to rename each client after the image process, but more importantly can also re-configure the Local KDC on each mac partition. This is important as it will stop your machines from being able to join the OD domain as they will all be seen as the same machine by the OD Master.

    Also Deploy Studio can be viewed remotely DURING the imaging process. It can also be set up to email you if a problem crops up.
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    Thanks for all your help guys, lots to think about & research.

    Paul

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    Has anyone tried FOG with Macs?

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    Does FOG do a bit-by-bit copy of the drive or does it file copy like ghost/clonezilla? If it file copies then it almost certainly won't support the Mac's HFS+ file system.

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    We have 12 macs but no mac server. I run the install CD and then Disk Utility and then copy the disk to an external drive then repeat it back onto the other macs.

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