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macOS Imaging (Netboot):

The following are the steps you will need, from start to finish, to create a macOS image from FileWave and send it out to your devices. 
This guide assuming the following:

  • FileWave Imaging Server is set up
  • Devices are on the same subnet (unless the proper steps were taken to image across subnets)
  • macOS devices are in the FileWave Admin with valid Serial Numbers either as an active client or a placeholder

Prepare and Download all needed parts

Before starting be sure you have:

  1. FileWave Management Server and Admin
  2. FileWave Imaging server setup: see network imaging setup guide here
    1. Having the NBI complete is required: Step 10 in the Network Imaging Guide
  3. FileWave Lighting download from here
  4. FileWave Custom Client PKG download from here
  5. Supported macOS device
  6. FileWave manual accessed from here


Creation and Importation of an Image:

  1. To create an image to be used with FileWave Network Imaging you will need to use the FileWave Lightning app
    More about Lightning can be found in the FileWave Manual section 9
  2. Open the Lightning app and click the Create button at the bottom
  3. In the top pane drag in your OS Installer 
    Note: You can only create an image off the same OS your are currently on. So if you are wanting to make a Sierra image you will have to do these steps on a Sierra machine.
  4. Next in the pane below that you can drag in the FileWave Custom PKG installer and your Wifi profile as a .mobileconfig
  5. Finally the last option is to Create User Account
  6. Once you have made your selections for those settings simply click Create Imageset 
    This will take some time to complete, feel free to go have a snack or play some pool.
  7. Once the image is created stay in the Lightning app and right click the image you have created. Then select Show in Folder...


  8. The image you created will now be shown in a finder window as a long string with two files inside: 

    This folder is what will be imported into the FileWave Admin


  9. Log into the FileWave Admin and navigate to to the Fileset section.
    From here you have two options for importing the image
    You can either select the New Imaging Fileset option at the top and search for your image in the finder window.
    Or since you have the image already selected in the finder window from step 7 you can simply drag and drop that folder in the Fileset section in FileWave Admin


  10. The image will now be visible in the Fileset section with red text while it uploads to the FileWave server. You will also see a progress bar displayed at the bottom of the FileWave Admin.
    Note: While the image is being uploaded the Model cannot be updated!


  11. After the image has been upload and the text turns from red to black you are now able to update your model and also assign that image to devices.

Associating and deploying the Image:

Before you can deploy the image to your devices you will have to have an object in FileWave for the client to assign it too. The object has to have a valid serial number or it will fail.

  1. In the FileWave Admin navigate to the Imaging tab on the left pane
  2. Once there use the drop down menu to select macOS
    This then filters the devices and images seen below for macOS


  3. Now find your device(s) on the left pane and your image on the right pane. Click, drag, and drop your image to your device(s) on the left.
    This will then prompt a window stating that the association is made.
  4. Update Model


  5. Open the FileWave Preferences, go to the Imaging tab, select your imaging server, and then click Monitor
    You will need to make sure it is on the same model number as your FileWave server by waiting 2 mins or clicking the verify button
    Note: If there are no other associations to this image then the image has to be transferred to your IVS


  6. When the imaging server is on the same model as your FileWave server (and the image has been copied over) you are now ready to netboot your devices.
  7. Connect your macOS device to ethernetpower on the device, and hold down the N key.
    Note: You can also hold down Option + N key to select the FileWave server if you have multiple in the same subnet.

The image will be automatically pulled down (erasing all data on the device), the device will be named according to the FileWave database, and the machine will be rebooted from the newly restored drive at the end of the process.