PreStage Imaging

PreStage imaging allows you to store imaging settings in the Jamf Software Server (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. PreStage imaging also enrolls computers with the JSS.

To use PreStage imaging, you need to create an Imaging PreStage in the JSS and then run Casper Imaging on target computers to image them. Creating an Imaging PreStage allows you to configure the imaging settings and specify the computers that should be imaged with the Imaging PreStage (called “scope”). When you open Casper Imaging on a computer in the scope, Casper Imaging is populated with the settings in the Imaging PreStage.

You can configure an Imaging PreStage to start the imaging process automatically the first time Casper Imaging is opened on a computer. Otherwise, you need to start the imaging process manually by clicking the Image button in Casper Imaging.

You can also bypass PreStage imaging to prevent Casper Imaging from being populated with the settings in the Imaging PreStage.

Requirements

To create an Imaging PreStage, you need:

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

Creating an Imaging PreStage

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

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click PreStage Imaging.

  4. Click New images/download/thumbnails/14455109/New_icon.png .

  5. Use the General payload to configure basic settings for the Imaging PreStage, including the activation and expiration date/time.
    To start the imaging process automatically when Casper Imaging is opened on a computer in the scope, select the Image Automatically checkbox.

  6. Select the Computer Names payload and choose a method for assigning names to computers.
    Computer names are assigned as computers in the scope are imaged.

  7. (Optional) Use the Purchasing Information payload to specify purchasing information for computers.
    This information is stored in the JSS for each computer imaged using the Imaging PreStage.

  8. (Optional) Use the Attachments payload to upload attachments to store for computers.
    Attachments are stored in the JSS for each computer imaged using the Imaging PreStage.

  9. Select the Install payload and configure the basic imaging settings, including the target drive, the configuration to image with, and the distribution point to download files from.

  10. Enter credentials for a local account to bypass the prompt when Casper Imaging is opened on the computer.

  11. To store the imaging settings as Autorun data for each computer, select the Store PreStage settings as Autorun data checkbox. Then configure additional options for Autorun imaging as needed.
    For more information on Autorun imaging, see Autorun Imaging.

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

  13. Click the Scope tab and configure the scope of the Imaging PreStage.

  14. Click Save.

Imaging a Computer Using an Imaging PreStage

If you configured the Imaging PreStage to start the imaging process automatically, simply boot the target computer to a startup disk other than the target drive and open Casper Imaging.

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

  1. On a computer that is in the scope of the Imaging PreStage, boot to a startup disk other than the target drive and open Casper 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 configure Autorun imaging options for the computer.
    For more information on Autorun imaging, see Autorun Imaging.

  5. (Optional) Click Show Custom images/download/thumbnails/14455109/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 PreStage Imaging

To bypass PreStage imaging, hold down the Shift key when opening Casper Imaging.

Viewing Imaging PreStage Logs

Each Imaging PreStage log includes a list of computers that were imaged using the Imaging PreStage and a list of the following information for each computer:

  • 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 the JSS with a web browser.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click PreStage Imaging.

  4. Click the Imaging PreStage you want to view logs for.

  5. Click Logs.
    A list of computers imaged using the Imaging PreStage is displayed.

  6. To view the list of actions that were performed when a computer was imaged, click Show for the computer.

Related Information

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

Event Logs
Find out how to view event logs for Casper Imaging events.

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