Autorun Imaging

Autorun imaging allows you to store imaging settings in Jamf Pro so you don’t have to configure them at imaging time. It also allows you to fully automate the imaging process. (For more information, see the Automating the Imaging Process Knowledge Base article.)

To use Autorun imaging, you need to create Autorun data for each target computer and then run Jamf Imaging on the computers to image them. Creating Autorun data allows you to configure and store the imaging settings you want to use to image each computer. When you open Jamf Imaging on a target computer, Jamf Imaging is populated with the Autorun data.

You can configure Autorun data to start the imaging process automatically each time Jamf Imaging is opened on a computer. Otherwise, you need to start the imaging process manually by clicking the Image button in Jamf Imaging.

You can also bypass Autorun imaging to prevent Jamf Imaging from being populated with the Autorun data.

There are three ways to create Autorun data for a computer:

  • Create the Autorun data using Jamf Pro

  • Store Autorun data using Jamf Imaging

  • Store Autorun data using an Imaging PreStage (For more information, see PreStage Imaging.)

Requirements

To create and manage Autorun data using Jamf Pro, you need:

To store Autorun data using Jamf Imaging, you need:

  • A configuration (For more information, see Configurations.)

  • A distribution point (For more information, see About Distribution Points.)

  • Alternatively, you can use an external drive that is configured for offline imaging. (For more information, see the Offline Imaging Knowledge Base article.)

  • A startup disk other than the target drive that has Jamf Imaging installed (For more information, see About Imaging.)

To image a computer using Autorun data, you need a startup disk other than the target drive that has Jamf Imaging installed. (For more information, see About Imaging.)

Creating Autorun Data Using Jamf Pro

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Search Inventory.

  4. Perform a simple or advanced computer search.
    For instructions, see Simple Computer Searches or Advanced Computer Searches .

  5. Click the computer you want to create Autorun data for.
    If you performed a simple search for an item other than computers, you must click Expand images/download/thumbnails/16442019/Icon_Expand.png next to an item name to view the computers related to that item.

  6. Click Autorun Data.

  7. Use the Install payload to configure basic imaging settings for the computer, including the target drive, the configuration to image with, and the distribution point to download files from.

  8. Enter credentials for a local account to bypass the prompt when Jamf Imaging is opened on the computer.
    This is required if you plan to fully automate the imaging process.

  9. To cache a copy of each file used for imaging, select the Cache Files checkbox.

  10. To skip the delay that occurs before the imaging process starts automatically, select the Skip the delay that occurs before imaging automatically checkbox.
    You can change this delay by using the Autorun Imaging settings. For more information, see Autorun Imaging Settings.

  11. (Optional) Use the rest of the payloads to customize the imaging process.
    For an overview of each payload, see Customizing the Imaging Process.

  12. Click Save.

Storing or Editing Autorun Data Using Jamf Imaging

  1. On the target computer, boot to a startup disk other than the target drive and open Jamf Imaging.

  2. If prompted, authenticate locally.

  3. (Optional) Configure or make changes to the basic imaging settings as needed, including the target drive, the configuration to image with, and the distribution point to download files from.

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  4. In the Autorun Imaging Options group box, select the Store imaging settings as Autorun data checkbox.

  5. To start the imaging process automatically each time Jamf Imaging is opened on the computer, select the Image Automatically checkbox.

  6. To cache a copy of each file used for imaging, select the Cache Files checkbox.

  7. To skip the delay that occurs before the imaging process starts automatically, select the Skip the delay that occurs before imaging automatically checkbox.
    You can change this delay by using the Autorun Imaging settings in Jamf Pro. For more information, see Autorun Imaging Settings.

  8. (Optional) Click Show Custom images/download/thumbnails/12988711/Show_Custom.png and use the tabs and options to customize the imaging process.
    For an overview of each pane, see Customizing the Imaging Process.

  9. Click Image.

The Autorun data is stored in Jamf Pro when the imaging process is complete.

Imaging a Computer Using Autorun Imaging

If you configured the Autorun data to start the imaging process automatically, simply boot the target computer to a startup disk other than the target drive and open Jamf Imaging. The imaging process begins after the specified delay.

If you did not configure the Autorun data to start the imaging process automatically, complete the following instructions:

  1. On the target computer, boot to a startup disk other than the target drive and open Jamf Imaging.

  2. If prompted, authenticate locally.

  3. (Optional) Make changes to the basic imaging settings as needed, including the target drive, the configuration to image with, and the distribution point to download files from.

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  4. (Optional) Use the options in the Autorun Imaging Options group box to change Autorun imaging options for the computer.

  5. (Optional) Click Show Custom images/download/thumbnails/12988711/Show_Custom.png and use the tabs and options to customize the imaging process.
    For an overview of each pane, see Customizing the Imaging Process.

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  6. Click Image.

Bypassing Autorun Imaging

To bypass Autorun imaging when imaging a computer, hold down the Shift key when you open Jamf Imaging.

Viewing Autorun Logs

The Autorun logs for each computer allow you to view the following information for each imaging event:

  • The date/time that the computer was imaged

  • The status of the imaging event

  • The actions that took place during the imaging event

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Search Inventory.

  4. Perform a simple or advanced computer search.
    For instructions, see Simple Computer Searches or Advanced Computer Searches .

  5. Click the computer you want to view Autorun logs for.
    If you performed a simple search for an item other than computers, you must click Expand images/download/thumbnails/16442019/Icon_Expand.png next to an item name to view the computers related to that item.

  6. Click Autorun Data.

  7. Click Logs.
    A list of imaging events is displayed.

  8. To view the actions that took place during an imaging event, click Show for the event.

Related Information

For related information, see the following sections in this guide:

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