Before you can begin using the NetInstall service you need to make sure you have a few basics in place. Unlike setting up Profile Manager, we don’t need to worry about certificates, or Open Directory, or user accounts. In fact, you really don’t need to do much more than switch this service on and it just works. But there are a few things you need to make sure you have in place before you get started, otherwise you may discover that what should have been a boon turns out to be a boondoggle.

What are the basic requirements?

  • ethernet
  • high-speed network switch
  • DHCP

Network

The NetInstall service requires high-speed networking in order to work properly, which means an ethernet network with your server and all the clients you plan to image connected to that network.

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