NetRestore 3.4.5 and Windows Partitions.
I am still having huge amounts of difficulty doing what was once a simple-ish task. I managed to create my Tiger/XP Images in a couple of days and deployed them in 1 day.
Leopard is proving to be somewhat of a git to do. I am now onto NetRestore 3.4.5 and have now managed to create a Leopard Image 10.5.3. I have created the XP sp3 image as well. But now i can't restore.
I have tried to set up a dual-deployment where the OS X image is deployed and then so to is XP straight after. NetRestore has changed so you can now configure this in the GUI. I have as far as i am aware done this correctly.
The Machines boot from a NetInstall set and then the disk gets partitioned. It then proceeds to restore the Leopard Partition. This is all fine, but when it gets to the XP restore it then fails. At first i got a Failed to extract MBR error. I tried to do what the guy said in the link but i am not sure i fully understood what he meant. I created a applescript app and after NetRestore had partitioned the drive and started the OS X restore, i opened terminal and ran the app to copy the file into the Windows partition. This got passed that error, only to present me with another immediately after which was expected post action. It should be fine but i am unsure as to what post action it is reffering to.
Any Ideas or has anyone managed to do a leopard and XP restore using an earlier verison. If so what version did you use?
Thanks in advance for any help.
PS Sorry for the long post.
How I deployed Leopard and XP
OK, the first thing you need to do is create the image for the OS X partition.
If you can try to create a smaller partition for XP than 50% using the boot camp utility. The reason for this is that i found that if you choose equal in Boot camp utility and then tell the Net-Restore the same (50%) in the dual-deployment configs, there is a discrepancy where the Net-Restore will fail as the XP image is too big to fit on the Partition. It seems that that the Boot camp util uses a larger size than the Net-Restore partitioning system which results in the partition being too small for XP.
I hope you get what i mean.
So when you have created the OS X image you need to create the net-install set.
When this is done you need to copy the image up onto the share where you will deploy the image from. Mine is called "Images"
Next copy the .nbi (Net-Install set) up ton the NetBoot share so you can boot from it on the clients.
Now you will need to copy the file attached int he zip called fixes into this share as well. Here is where we will run the script from.
We will now need to create an image of the XP partition.
Put it in the "Images" share as well.
I didn't think there would be any need to create a .nbi set for the XP as i want it to deploy with the OS X side.
We now need to configure the Net-Restore to make a dual deployment.
So go into the configurations and make one to deploy our Image from the server we just created.
Enter the name of the image.
Enter the location of the share, in our case afp://servername/Images
Enter the name and password to connect to the share
Create a preference for the XP image as well. We need to point the dual-deployment config to this preference.
When this is done we need to configure the preferences to create a dual-deployment of our OS X and XP image.
Choose our OS X preference we just created and click dual deployment. Slide the slider to 50% and then choose the XP Image preference we made.
Now we have our configuration made. We need to open our OS X Net-Install set and copy our XP_fix.app (do this only if your deployment share is also called "Images" if not edit the .scpt file to correspond to your server share) into the utilities folder in the Net-Install set.
We should now be ready to go.
Configure net boot to use the OS X Net-Install set as the default.
Start up a client while holding don the N key. This should boot into Net-Restore and start the partition going.
Once the OS X image starts to deploy open a terminal command from the menu system at the top (utilities i think its in or tools).
Run the script we made from the location.
/volumes/Net-Restore/utilities/XP_fix.app (i think thats the command. Damn me for not writing it down!!)
This should then copy the file onto the WINDOWS partition.
Close terminal and then when the XP image starts it should find the file and then continue with the restore.
IF you get another error about Expect post-actions it usually points to the fact that the partition is too small for the image size as mentioned earlier.
Hope this helps.