Hi all, I recently upgraded my iMac 27" (late 2009) to SSD + HDD. Unfortunately I had to lose the optical drive, but thats no big deal. Decided to do a nice clean install, and figured I should try out the Mac OS X Remote Install feature normally reserved for Macbook Airs. I was going to use an external USB DVD Drive but glad I didn't. Well after selecting what I wanted installed (I did remove the printer drivers), it took just 6 minutes to install Mac OS X 10.6 onto my iMac. I used an old Macbook Pro which had a .dmg image of 10.6 and ran it at 1 Gig Ethernet. Throughput on the network was around 30MB/sec for most of the install. Way way faster than using the crappy DVD install method. In future I think I will only install Mac OS X this way. Far less hassle and 10.6/10.7 images can reside on my NAS box. As long as you use 1Gig Ethernet you should get comparable speeds. The SSD doesn't factor into this because HDD's can easily do 30MB/sec. loiphin.