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rustyb99

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Jul 10, 2008
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Hi Guys,

I have searched the web for an answer to my question, however I can not find a clear answer. Is there a way to create an unattended install of OS X? I would like to roll this out for clients so that I can start it through a remote procedure and it will go through all the steps without prompts or user interaction. Is this at all possible?

Thanks in advance!
 

MacUser2525

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Hi Guys,

I have searched the web for an answer to my question, however I can not find a clear answer. Is there a way to create an unattended install of OS X? I would like to roll this out for clients so that I can start it through a remote procedure and it will go through all the steps without prompts or user interaction. Is this at all possible?

Thanks in advance!

One way I can see to do this is by creating an install media comprised of two parts. The first part being a bootable partition that you can remotely connect to once booted. The second part would be every an already created image that you restore onto the target machine while connected remotely. This is the only way I can see you doing it as I know of no program that will remain connected once you have to reboot.
 

rustyb99

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Jul 10, 2008
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Thank you for the response. To clarify a little bit, was I am looking at is if I can embed an answer file into the installation, like you can do with Windows. This client has a large inventory of Mac's and we are looking to streamline the process of upgrading their machines. We would be doing an upgrade, not a clean install. We would be pushing the install file over the network.

I don't know if this clears it up a little bit.
 

squeakr

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I don't know if this would be as possible with the iCloud integration and the variances in the usernames and passwords.
 

MacUser2525

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Thank you for the response. To clarify a little bit, was I am looking at is if I can embed an answer file into the installation, like you can do with Windows. This client has a large inventory of Mac's and we are looking to streamline the process of upgrading their machines. We would be doing an upgrade, not a clean install. We would be pushing the install file over the network.

I don't know if this clears it up a little bit.

Yes it does. The page I link to below shows you how to create installer with no interaction perhaps the Install OS X Mavericks located in the MacOS folder of the Contents directory takes the same non-interactive switch. Alternatively you could try rsync with a file exclusion list run from a master server that contains the image you want to deploy.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1649986/
 

rustyb99

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Jul 10, 2008
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Thank you very much. This will help tremendously. Will I then be able to send this package through my deployment suite and run it as just an upgrade not a fresh install?

We use a tool called Kaseya. Through this we are able to run software installs, get desktop access, and a variety of other functions. So my hope is that we can use this tool to start the OS upgrade if there was a way to package it so that our techs do not have to be onsite to do this.
 

chrfr

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Jul 11, 2009
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Thank you very much. This will help tremendously. Will I then be able to send this package through my deployment suite and run it as just an upgrade not a fresh install?

I would assume so. I'm not familiar with Kaseya. I use Munki, and with that, this works as an upgrade install. Obviously you'd want to test in your environment.
 

rustyb99

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Jul 10, 2008
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One last question. Would anyone be able to help me with creating a plist file to disable the setup assistant? I am new to this and not sure how to do it.

Thank you again for all your help.
 

chrfr

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