Customizing the Imaging Process

Although configurations let you specify most of the items you want to install and configure during imaging, you can further customize the imaging process by using Casper Imaging or using the JSS to configure an Imaging PreStage or Autorun data.

The items that you can add when customizing the imaging process are:

  • Packages

  • Scripts

  • Printers

  • Local accounts

  • Directory bindings

  • Open Firmware/ EFI password

  • Network settings

  • Values for Apple Remote Desktop Info fields

  • Post-imaging options, such as maintenance tasks and showing the Setup Assistant after restart

When using Casper Imaging to customize the imaging process, you can also remove items that are in the selected configuration or items configured with an Imaging PreStage or Autorun data for the computer.

The interface you use to customize the imaging process depends on whether you are using Casper Imaging or the JSS. This section provides an overview of each pane displayed in Casper Imaging, but the information also applies to the payload-based interface in the JSS.

Packages

This pane allows you to specify which packages you want to install as part of the imaging process. To add or remove a package, select or deselect the checkbox for the package.

Note: In Casper Imaging, packages that do not exist on the selected distribution point are displayed in red.

Scripts

This pane allows you to specify which scripts you want to run as part of the imaging process.

To add or remove a script from the imaging process using Casper Imaging, select or deselect the checkbox for the script. Then specify parameter values as needed and choose a priority.

To add a script to the imaging process using the JSS, click Add for the script you want to add and then choose a priority and specify parameter values as needed. To remove a script, locate the script on the pane and click Remove images/download/thumbnails/15181948/Remove_icon.png .

Printers

This pane allows you to specify which printers you want to map as part of the imaging process. To add or remove a printer, select or deselect the checkbox for the printer.

Note: In Casper Imaging, printers that do not exist on the selected distribution point are displayed in red.

Accounts

This pane allows you to do the following as part of the imaging process:

  • Create local accounts

  • Bind computers to a directory service

  • Set the Open Firmware/EFI password

Note: In the JSS, these are displayed in three separate payloads called Local Accounts, Directory Bindings, and EFI Password.

Local Accounts

To add a local account to the imaging process using Casper Imaging, click Add (+) and specify information about the account using the tabs and options provided. Then click OK. To remove a local account, select an account and click Remove (-).

To add a local account to the imaging process using the JSS, specify information about the account using the options provided. To remove an account, locate the account on the pane and click Remove images/download/thumbnails/15181948/Remove_icon.png .

Directory Bindings

To add or remove a directory binding from the imaging process, select or deselect the checkbox for the directory binding.

Open Firmware/EFI Password

To add an Open Firmware/EFI password to the imaging process using Casper Imaging, select the Set Open Firmware/EFI Password checkbox and choose “Command” from the Security Level pop-up menu. Then enter a password and type the password again to verify it. To remove an Open Firmware/EFI password, choose “None” from the Security Level pop-up menu.

To add an Open Firmware/EFI password to the imaging process using the JSS, choose “Command” from the Security Level pop-up menu. Then enter a password and type the password again to verify it. To remove the password, select “None” from the Security Level pop-up menu.

Network

This pane allows you to configure network settings as part of the imaging process.

To configure network settings, the network configuration (IPv4 connection method) must match the one built into the OS package you’re installing or the one in System Preferences on the computer.

To add or remove network settings from the imaging process, configure the options on the pane.

If the network configuration in your OS package is different than the one you want to set on the computer, you must take two additional steps to ensure that the network configuration is set. For more information, see the following Knowledge Base article:

Computer-Specific Network Settings

Advanced

This pane allows you to configure the following items as part of the imaging process:

  • Values for Apple Remote Desktop Info fields

  • Post-imaging tasks, including:

    • Fix ByHost files

    • Fix disk permissions (macOS 10.11 or earlier)

    • Show Setup Assistant after restart

Apple Remote Desktop Info Fields

To add or remove values for the Apple Remote Desktop Info fields, enter or remove values from the fields displayed.

In Casper Imaging, you can populate these fields with the values on the computer by clicking Get Existing.

Post-imaging Tasks

To add or remove a post-imaging task, select or deselect the checkbox for the task.

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