Imaging computers with the Casper Suite involves booting computers to a startup disk other than the target drive and then using the Casper Imaging application to deploy a configuration.
Some common startup disks used for imaging are USB or FireWire drives, Restore partitions, and NetBoot images.
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 the Jamf Software Server (JSS), 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 the JSS 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)—TMI allows you to image multiple computers subsequently by connecting them to a host computer using a Firewire or Thunderbolt cable. This can be ideal when using a network connection is not optimal, such as when imaging MacBook Air computers that do not have built-in ethernet.
For more information, see the following sections in this guide:
Learn about configurations and find out how to create them.
Find out how to image computers using standard imaging.
Find out how to image computers using Autorun imaging.
Find out how to image computers using PreStage imaging.
Target Mode Imaging
Find out how to image computers using TMI.
Find out how to view event logs for Casper Imaging events.
For related information, see the following Knowledge Base article:
Creating a NetBoot Image and Setting Up a NetBoot Server