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    Clone dual boot Mac/Win7

    Has anyone found a reliable way to clone dual boot Macs? We've got some iMacs with 10.6.8 and we've setup Bootcamp with Win7, which works fine. I would like to clone this across others but all of the solutions I've tried fail in one way or another (Carbon copy,winclone,Disk utility etc)

    It doesn't have to be a free product - just something that will successfully image a mac with the two partitions?

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    Do you have a mac server?

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    Deploy Studio. You will need a mac server to do it, but it's fantastic.

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    ^ What he said...

    Well worth spending a little bit of money on a Mac Mini server just for this. I did. It saved me hours. Plus it looks quite nice in my comms room.

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    Another thumbs up for Deploy studio!

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    If you're not extending the Schema of your AD or using another piece of software such as AdmitMac or Centrify to manage your macs then you will more than likely need a Mac server anyway to lock them down. This is the common reason for a Mac Server and occasionally the only reason one is purchased. Being able to use it to deploy images is a bonus. Also Deploy Studio can image standard PCs as well so it could be your all-in-one solution.

    Not sure of its support for pre-staing and scripting though.

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    Yes we have a mac server, a full fat xserver! Never tried deploy studio though, will that cope with the Windows 7 partition?

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    Yes it will. I have just deployed Windows 7 Pro with OS X 10.6.8 to some new Macbook Pros. Worked absolutely fine. Remember to download the latest version of Deploy Studio though and also update the .NBI file with the latest version of Deploy Studio.

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    Sounds ideal, I've just downloaded it - now looking for some basic instructions to get me started!

    Edit: If anyone is just starting with this I found this very good for getting going:
    http://adamac.org/deploystudio-101
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    This should help you along the way.

    deploystudio

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    Quote Originally Posted by HodgeHi View Post
    Yes it will. I have just deployed Windows 7 Pro with OS X 10.6.8 to some new Macbook Pros. Worked absolutely fine. Remember to download the latest version of Deploy Studio though and also update the .NBI file with the latest version of Deploy Studio.
    What's in the new version? When you do the upgrade, will it keep all the scripts/workflows you already have?

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    Ahh it was all looking so promising!

    I set up DS on the server, created the boot image on the relevant iMac and copied it over to the server. Setup an AFP share on a NAS box for the repository.All good but every time I netboot the mac it goes into the panic: "NFS Server Refused mount"

    Can't even get the mac to boot up from the image I created-Tried created the boot image a few times but no go.

    Edit: I've removed and reconfigured NFS and Netboot on the server and get the same error every time. I guess DeployStudio isn't even the problem here.

    Looks like our macs will remain single boot - I found very little info about the above error on the web
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    One thing to try is to restart the NetBoot service and also untick the shares in the NetBoot settings and then re-tick them to force the NFS share permissions to be set correctly. Also try restarting the NFS service on the Xserve. You may need to drop down to the command prompt to do this...

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    I think to see the services that you can manage.

    Also if you hard reset a machine while it is net booted from deploy studio this can sometimes crash the NFS service.

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    I think I'm getting somewhere. Removed the NFS and Netboot services from the server and then rebooted. Reinstalled them and reconfigured them the same way as they were before and my Mac is now netbooting correctly!

    I've left it copying the image - lets see if it works!

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    Ok. Copied the master image (OSX and bootcamp Windows7) and then restored it back to the Imac. Now I only have the Mac partition and the Windows one has disappeared.

    I thought Deploy Studio was 'aware' of Windows and dual boot systems? It seems to have cloned the disk but not restored the partitions correctly?

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