Managing OS X Installers

Adding an OS X Installer to Casper Admin is the first step to installing a clean copy of OS X on computers.

If the OS X Installer is for OS X v10.6 or earlier, you can also create a custom OS X installation from the installer. This allows you to change the default software and language settings in OS X.

Requirements

To manage OS X Installers, you need a distribution point set up in the JAMF Software Server (JSS). (For more information, see About Distribution Points.)

To add an OS X Installer to Casper Admin, the OS X Installer must be a .app file from the Mac App Store or a DMG.

Adding a .app File for OS X to Casper Admin

Adding a .app file for OS X to Casper Admin adds it to the master distribution point and the JSS.

  1. Open Casper Admin and authenticate to the JSS.

  2. Drag the .app file to the main repository in Casper Admin.
    Casper Admin extracts the InstallESD.dmg file from the .app file and then analyzes the contents of the InstallESD.dmg file.

    images/download/attachments/5149125/Analyzing_InstallESD.png

    The InstallESD.dmg file is displayed in blue text in the Unknown category until you add it to a category.

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  3. Double-click the package in the main repository.

  4. Click the General tab and choose a category for the package.

    images/download/attachments/5149125/Casper_Admin_InstallESD_General.png
  5. Click OK.

Adding a DMG of an OS X Installer to Casper Admin

Adding a DMG of an OS X Installer to Casper Admin adds it to the master distribution point and the JSS.

  1. Open Casper Admin and authenticate to the JSS.

  2. Drag the DMG to the main repository in Casper Admin.
    The DMG is displayed in blue text in the Unknown category until you add it to a category.

  3. Double-click the DMG in the main repository.

  4. Click the General tab and configure basic settings for the DMG, including the display name and category.
    Be sure to select the Item is a DMG with an OS X Installer, or Adobe Updater/Installer for CS3 or CS4 checkbox.
    images/download/attachments/5149125/OS_X_Installer_General.png

  5. When prompted, click OK to continue.
    Casper Admin analyzes the contents of the DMG.

    images/download/attachments/5149125/Analyzing_OS_X_Installer.png
  6. When the Options pane appears, choose a default language for the installation from the Language pop-up menu.

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  7. Click OK.

Creating a Custom OS X Installation

If the DMG is for OS X v10.6 or earlier, you can create a custom OS X installation from the DMG. This allows you to change the default software and language settings in OS X.

  1. Open Casper Admin and authenticate to the JSS.

  2. Double-click the DMG of the OS X Installer that you want to base your custom installation on.

  3. Click the Options tab and click Create Custom OS Install.
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  4. On the General pane, configure basic settings for the installation, including the display name and category.
    images/download/attachments/5149125/OS_X_Installation_General.png

  5. Click the Options tab and configure additional settings for the installation.

    images/download/attachments/5149125/OS_X_Installation_Options.png
  6. Click OK.

Related Information

For related information, see the following technical paper:

Deploying OS X v10.7 or Later with the Casper Suite
Get step-by-step instructions for deploying OS X v10.7 or later.

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