Booting Computers to 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 Automated Device Enrollment (formerly DEP) workflows. For more information on supported methods of installing macOS, see APFS and imaging in Apple's macOS Deployment Reference. For more information about enrolling and deploying computers using Automated Device Enrollment and a PreStage enrollment configured in Jamf Pro, see Computer PreStage Enrollments.

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

Note: If you are booting a computer with macOS 10.11 or later to a NetBoot image, the computer must first trust the NetBoot server. For more information, see the Booting a macOS 10.11 or Later Computer to a NetBoot Image Using a Policy or Jamf Remote Knowledge Base article.

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


To boot computers to a NetBoot image, you need a NetBoot server in Jamf Pro. For more information, see NetBoot Servers.

Booting Computers to a NetBoot Image Using a Policy

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Policies.

  4. Click New images/download/thumbnails/79174891/Icon_New_Button.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 Making Items Available to Users in Jamf Self Service for macOS.

  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 Jamf Pro and meet the criteria in the General payload.

Booting Computers to a NetBoot Image Using Jamf Remote

  1. Open Jamf Remote and authenticate to the Jamf Pro server.

  2. Click Site images/download/thumbnails/79174891/Site.png and choose a site.
    This determines which items are available in Jamf Remote.

    Note: This button is only displayed if you have a site configured in Jamf Pro and are logged in with a Jamf Pro 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.

  4. Click the Restart tab.

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

  6. If you want to change the NetBoot server that computers use, click Override Defaults and choose a NetBoot server.

  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 Jamf 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 Jamf Remote.

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