A tool for setting up multiple Mac devices?

Snake14777

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Jan 11, 2019
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I'm currently helping my school district setup some shared MacBooks for students to use and I was wondering if there was some tool that I could use to create one big update that I can put pre-configured installers in for common apps such as Chrome, Firefox, flash player, java into. As well as being able to set system settings such as configuring what is on the dock and desktop also configuring the browsers settings.
The machines all have one local user for the students to use and a separate admin account and we don't have any kind of monitoring software setup at the moment.

tl;dr I'm looking for something I can use to create a one-time use per machine updater/configurer to setup a ton of MacBooks exactly the same without having to reinstall from a time machine backup.
 

Snake14777

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Original poster
Jan 11, 2019
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I don't know if there is a imaging setup you could configure (a Mac equivalent to Microsoft's MDT) on a server. A Time Machine restore might be your best bet.

Edit: Quick Google search, found these tools:
http://www.deploystudio.com/
https://github.com/MagerValp/AutoDMG
I'm trying to stay away from a full OS reinstall. I'm looking for somthing I can bundle in installers and batch install them aswell as maybe configuring some settings for apps such as Firefox. If needed I could just manually set the desktop and dock icons myself.
 
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Spoon!

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Dec 9, 2018
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I use Carbon Copy Cloner (https://bombich.com/). You just set up one computer with all the settings that you want and then clone it to as many drives as you want. I did this in a work environment that had hundreds of MacBooks. I had a full line of external drive docks with cloned drives and would boot into the external clones on each Mac and cloned them all to internal storage use the cloning software. I’d have one normal account set up the way I liked and also an admin account that could be logged into for charges.

There are lots of ways to go about it, but I found this to be the easiest.
 
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