The JSS System Admin’s Desktop [GeekTool]

If you work with the Casper Suite or are a System Administrator, you will probably enjoy this GeekTool setup.  It provides a ton of the regular information you access but instead of clicking around to find it, it is all there when you log in.  I set it to deploy to all my machines on the local admin account so when I log in to troubleshoot a device, I have all the information right at my fingertips. Continue reading “The JSS System Admin’s Desktop [GeekTool]”

Casper Imaging in the Recovery HD and A Lightweight Netboot Image

[UPDATE] JAMF has set the feature request for this as under review

OS X Netboot images can be many GigaBytes in size, which is not great when multiple client computers are trying to download that image from the network, especially if the infrastructure is not there to support it.

I wanted to create a lightweight netboot image to run Casper Imaging.  Not only would this save network bandwidth, but it would also be faster, which means you could image more computers in a shorter amount of time.  In addition, this could even be used to replace the existing Recovery HD so the computer could be imaged without netbooting at all. Continue reading “Casper Imaging in the Recovery HD and A Lightweight Netboot Image”

Fix Multiple Recovery HDs (D-007146) Created In Casper Imaging and Nested Configurations

Defect D-007146 in JAMF’s Casper Suite creates multiple Recovery HD partitions when using nested imaging configs.  This defect is marked as “High Priority” and “Planned for Release” so hopefully we will see a fix soon, but until then, use this as a workaround. Continue reading “Fix Multiple Recovery HDs (D-007146) Created In Casper Imaging and Nested Configurations”

OS X Recovery Partition: Customizing With Different Apps

Originally, I wanted to use Casper Imaging  from the Recovery partition.  So this post is based off of this article and this feature request on JAMF Nation.  At the end, I realized I probably wouldn’t be able to add this app to the Recovery HD until JAMF updates it to 64-bit.  However, this process seems to work for other 64-bit apps.  The example I use in this walkthrough is Calculator.app. Continue reading “OS X Recovery Partition: Customizing With Different Apps”