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Hello all,

I have a few questions reguarding imaging Mac computers. It's been a long time since I've done so, but in my new position, we are deploying computers in a small amount that in the past they were all configured one at a time. Now we are scaling up, and I've developed an imaging process for deployment for our PCs, but I am having an issue doing it for Macs.

I have already found a way to basically have it almost as if I am syspreping a windows machine by replacing the default acount with a pre-configured version of what I want on the machine. My main issue is finding a program or software that allows be to capture the image from the computer so I can put it on our future computer deployments.

I have looked into Carbon Copy but from some feedback, the new versions don't support OSX 10.8. I am not looking to make a distribution server, because frankly we don't have a spare mac that we can use to make one. I just want to have the image on my 2 external hard drives that I use to image my Windows machines with Norton Ghost via Hirens Boot Disk.

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I am sure that someone is going to be able to give you a more elegant method, but what if you install OS X on an external HDD. Create the image using Disk Utility, save the image on the HDD and then when you need to restore the image just boot off the HDD and restore the desired image.

Where I work they use Puppet to maintain the Macs and Linux machines, it might be overkill for what you want to do, but you might want to look into that.

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I almost want to do the same thing. I installed MacOsx on aan external HDD and now i want to transfer the image from the USB to my fixend disk. I'll let you know how I did it

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Paragon partition manager can do this or you can also try the free alternative: easeus partition manager home edition

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Tikifg, neither one of those products support Mac. I have looked into using Disk Utility, but from what I understand, it formats the external HD as a bootable option, but it takes up the whole disk. If I am wrong, please let me know so I can start, otherwise please advise.

I am looking for it to just be put onto an external but as a single file or a set of files ( like .GHO files, or .IMG files). I'm not sure if there is even such a thing, but I have to believe that there is somewhere. It shouldn't be all that hard.

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SuperDuper supports 10.8 http://www.shirt-poc...escription.html

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Install OS X. Configure it the way you want it. Install all the updates and apps. Then read this. Then take use CarboncopyCloner or Superduper! to clon the disk to other Macs.

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Both programs I mentionned have à rescuecd option so you can boot in them without needing Windows. Mac OsX Installer does format the entire HDD. That's why i've installed It on an external HDD and moved THE partition with paragon





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