Booting Computers to NetBoot Images

When you boot computers to a NetBoot image, you can choose which NetBoot server computers should use.

There are two ways to boot computers to a NetBoot image: using a policy or using Casper Remote.

Requirements

To boot computers to a NetBoot image, you need a NetBoot server in the JSS. (For more information, see NetBoot Servers.)

Booting Computers to a NetBoot Image Using a Policy

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Policies.

  4. Click New images/download/thumbnails/16428743/New_icon.png .

  5. Use the General payload to configure basic settings for the policy, including the trigger and execution frequency.
    For an overview of the settings in the General payload, see General Payload.

  6. Select the Restart Options payload.

  7. Choose "NetBoot" from the Startup Disk pop-up menu.

  8. Choose the server that hosts the NetBoot image you want to boot computers to.

  9. Configure the rest of the settings for restarting computers.

  10. Click the Scope tab and configure the scope of the policy.
    For more information, see Scope.

  11. (Optional) Click the Self Service tab and make the policy available in Self Service.
    For more information, see Self Service Policies .

  12. (Optional) Click the User Interaction tab and configure messaging and deferral options.
    For more information, see User Interaction.

  13. Click Save.

The policy runs on computers in the scope the next time they check in with the JSS and meet the criteria in the General payload.

Booting Computers to a NetBoot Image Using Casper Remote

  1. Open Casper Remote and authenticate to the JSS.

  2. Click Site images/download/thumbnails/16428743/Site.png and choose a site.
    This determines which items are available in Casper Remote.
    Note: This button is only displayed if you have a site configured in the JSS and are logged in with a JSS user account that has full access or access to multiple sites.

  3. In the list of computers, select the checkbox for each computer that you want to boot to the NetBoot image.

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  4. Click the Restart tab.

  5. Choose "NetBoot" from the Startup Disk pop-up menu.

    images/download/attachments/14453904/Restart_tab.png
  6. If you want to change the NetBoot server that computers use, click Override Defaults and choose a NetBoot server.
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  7. Configure the rest of the settings for restarting computers.

  8. Do one of the following:

    • To immediately perform the tasks on the specified computers, click Go .

    • To schedule the tasks to take place at a specific day and time, click Schedule and choose a day and time. Then click Schedule again.

Related Information

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

  • About Policies
    Learn the basics about policies.

  • Managing Policies
    Find out how to create a policy, view the plan and status of a policy, and view and flush policy logs.

For related information, see the following Knowledge Base article:

Booting macOS 10.11 or Later Computers to a NetBoot Image Using a Policy or Casper Remote
Find out how to add a trusted NetBoot server so that you can boot a macOS 10.11 or later computer to a NetBoot image using a policy or Casper Remote.

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