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Chapter 5. Deploying System Images > Configuring Clients to NetBoot

Configuring Clients to NetBoot

Supported Mac models already include built-in firmware that allows them to start from your NetBoot service, so you don’t need to install any other special software. You can choose from several methods to make your client Macs start from your NetBoot service.

Setting a Network Disk Image as the Startup Disk

The most familiar method is to open the Startup Disk preferences on a local Mac client. Every time you open this, it will send out a BSPD request and automatically discover any available network disk images. This interface will show all three image types—NetBoot, NetInstall, and NetRestore images—with unique icons to help users differentiate between the three types of images. With the desired network disk image selected, you can reboot the computer. The computer then attempts to use the selected network disk image on every subsequent startup. However, a network disk images can be designed to automatically change the startup disk back to internal system volume, which is the case for successfully completing a NetInstall or NetRestore.


  

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