About Imaging

Imaging computers with Jamf Pro involves booting computers to a startup disk other than the target drive and then using the Jamf Imaging application to deploy a configuration.

Some common startup disks used for imaging are USB or FireWire drives, Restore partitions, and NetBoot images.

Disclaimer: Apple does not recommend or support monolithic system imaging as an installation method because of recent improvements in macOS security, hardware, management, and deployment. Apple encourages IT administrators to convert from device imaging to Apple’s Device Enrollment (formerly DEP) workflows. For more information on supported methods of installing macOS, see Apple's Help documentation: https://help.apple.com/deployment/macos/#/apd545ec8b69. For more information about enrolling and deploying computers using Apple's Device Enrollment and a PreStage enrollment configured in Jamf Pro, see Computer PreStage Enrollments.

There are four imaging methods:

  • Standard imaging—Standard imaging allows you to configure the imaging settings for a computer at imaging time.

  • Autorun imaging—Autorun imaging allows you to store imaging settings in Jamf Pro, so they don’t have to be configured at imaging time. In addition, Autorun imaging can be completely automated to run on a schedule.

  • PreStage imaging—PreStage imaging allows you to store imaging settings in Jamf Pro and use them to image new computers as you add them to the network. This reduces the amount of time and interaction it takes to prepare new computers for use.

  • Target Mode Imaging (TMI)—Target Mode Imaging (TMI) allows you to image multiple computers subsequently by connecting them to a host computer using a FireWire, Thunderbolt, or USB-C cable. This can be ideal when using a network connection is not optimal or supported.

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