Standard Imaging

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.

Standard imaging allows you to configure the imaging settings for a computer at imaging time. These settings include:

  • The target drive

  • The configuration to image with

  • The distribution point to download files from


To use standard imaging, you need:

  • A configuration (For more information, see Configurations.)

  • A distribution point (For more information, see About Distribution Points.)
    Alternatively, you can use an external drive that is prepared for offline imaging. For more information, see the Offline Imaging Knowledge Base article.

  • A startup disk other than the target drive that has Jamf Imaging installed (For more information, see About Imaging.)

Using Standard Imaging

  1. On the target computer, boot to a startup disk other than the target drive.

  2. Open Jamf Imaging and authenticate locally.

  3. Authenticate to the Jamf Pro server when prompted.

  4. To add the computer to a site, click Site images/download/thumbnails/79174898/Site.png and choose a site.

    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.

  5. Choose a drive to image from the Target Drive pop-up menu.

  6. To erase the target drive when the imaging process begins, select the Erase target drive checkbox.

  7. Assign a name to the computer by entering a name in the Computer Name field.
    Alternatively, use the arrows to choose "Computer Name", MAC Address", or "Serial Number". The value for the option you choose populates in the field.

  8. Choose a configuration from the Configuration pop-up menu.

  9. To boot the computer to the target drive after imaging, select the Boot to target drive after imaging checkbox.

  10. Choose a distribution point from the Distribution Point pop-up menu.

  11. (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.

  12. (Optional) Click Show Custom images/download/thumbnails/79174898/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.

  13. Click Image.

Related Information

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

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