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    Possible to Netboot an ISO?

    I have been asked to dual boot our MacBooks with OS X 10.6 and Windows 7. Independently I can deploy OS X using DeployStudio and Windows 7 using either WDS or MDT. My hurdle comes with trying to get into MDT LiteTouch from the Mac. I have a DVD of LiteTouch that I can boot to and run and it boots into MDT and works as expected from there. I need to boot that cd from the network as I don't want to load a cd into 100+ MacBooks. Is there any way to netboot that iso of the MDT LiteTouch?

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    Couldn't you capture that ISO as a boot wim and add it into WDS somehow as a boot image?

    [just thinking out loud there, being I dont use WDS natively]

    Ta.

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    I boot several iso's from my wds/mdt server.

    The wds first boot image has been replaced with a syslinux setup.

    Ben

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    Saw you use that in another thread.... might give that a go myself. I'm sure the techies here could benefit from it most likely, although (without looking into it), I'd need it in a Press F12 to initialise the menu [like the current boot into WDS/SCCM does].


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    I guess I didn't make my question clear enough. I need to boot a MacBook (or any Intel Mac) but Macs don't do PXE. I can boot the LiteTouch from a CD on the Mac so I was trying to find a way to boot that CD from the network on the Mac. PC's work fine and I don't have any problems there.

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    if the Mac's hardware doesnt do PXE, then i dont see how you can aka ur stuck to using a CD or USB pen.

    Does its BIOS have no options in the network card area to do PXE booting? Theres a setting Dell's have called Boot w/ImageServer instead of PXE, but not sure what thats about [aka havent needed to find out ].

    Puzzling stuff....

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    Not sure if this will help but there might be something you can mess about with:

    Getting a Mac to PXE boot from Citrix Provisioning Server

    Ignoring the Citrix part, this might work

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarquel View Post
    Saw you use that in another thread.... might give that a go myself. I'm sure the techies here could benefit from it most likely, although (without looking into it), I'd need it in a Press F12 to initialise the menu [like the current boot into WDS/SCCM does].

    Tarquel that's how it works for us to select network boot on some machines, if the machine is set to always boot from the network first I use a default option which defaults to boot the hard disk after a configurable timeout.

    If Macs don't do pxe then you are a bit stuck.

    Having a quick look at that thread looks possible as you are in effect loading up a pxe bootable disk like we had to do in the old days when pxe wasn't a function of the nic.

    Ben

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