Image Mac computer with Desktop Central Agent - How To

Description

Desktop Central supports all 3 principal nuances of Operating System, namely, Windows, Mac and Linux. OS imaging and deployment is the fundamental step in managing computers in your network. This document will guide you in imaging a Mac computer with Desktop Central Agent on it.

Steps

  1. Download pre-installation script in the machine that is to be imaged and rename .txt file as .sh file.
  2. Execution of this script will block the Agent-Server communication on a temporary basis.

  3. Open the terminal and navigate to the folder where pre-installation script is stored.
  4. Execute the command sudo ./dcagentpreimage_Mac.sh and the machine is now ready to be imaged.
    • Desktop Central Mac agent, residing on the computer with the deployed OS image, will contact the server only if renamed. Here's why!
    • Every Desktop Central Agent has a unique resource ID that is indicative of the machine name and other details. If more then one agent is identified with the same ID, the details of both the agents will be overwritten. This would end up listing the details of only one machine, despite two machines having the same agent ID. In order to avoid this situation, it is mandatory to rename the agent name in the computer with deployed OS image.
  5. Follow these steps for restoration of agent-server communication in the imaged computer :
    • Download post-installation script in the imaged computer and rename .txt file as .sh file.
    • Open the terminal and navigate to the folder where post-installation script is stored.
    • Execute sudo ./dcagentpostimage_Mac.sh.
    • Upon the successful execution of this script, agent-server communication will be restored.