Advanced Deployment

Are you ready to deploy a fleet of Mac devices? Do you know what’s involved and how to ensure you can keep your Mac computers up to date?

During this custom hands-on course, you will discover how to expertly deploy OS X systems. You will also learn how to use a range of Apple and Third Party deployment tools. 

What the Advanced Deployment course will teach you
  •  How to plan and develop a comprehensive, stable Mac Deployment strategy including customizing deployed systems and implementation of all methods of deployment, from deploying single files to multiple OS X Systems.
  • Create a comprehensive Deployment planning checklist and Service-Level Agreement (SLA).
  • How to create, deploy and enforce Usage Policies on Apple devices.
  • Understand how the OS X Yosemite file system functions and how it handles file, folder and package installation.
  • Archiving and compressing techniques, OS X Disk Image (.dmg) features, creation and deployment.
  • Understand OS X installer Packages. Creating, customising, securing and deploying installer packages.
  • How the Mac App Store works. Ownership of Apps, downloading Apps, Volume License Agreement (VLA) and Volume Purchase Program (VPP).
  • Managed Distribution of Apps and leveraging an MDM (Mobile Device Management) solution.
  • How to use a range of Apple tools, including NetBoot & NetInstall Service, Remote Desktop, Software Update Server, Caching Service, Profile Manager, and much more.
  • Understand the built-in security features of OS X (such as GateKeeper and FileVault 2) and how to work with these during Deployment.
  • DeployStudio Deployment package, which offers some great features to optimise Mac Deployment.
  • Third Party imaging and deployment tools including, Iceberg, Packages, AutoPkg, Munki and Casper.
  • Techniques to automate post deployment settings and configuration including OS X Scripting techniques, OS X Command Line configuration and file system manipulation.
Who Should Attend?
  • OS X system administrators.
  •  If you need to know how to streamline the process of installing and configuring a large number of computers running OS X.
  •  If you’re an existing Mac support tech and want to upgrade your knowledge and skill set.

Students should have the following prerequisite knowledge prior to attending this course:

  • Understanding of Mac OS X.
  • Basic troubleshooting experience or OS X Support Essentials.
  • Basic OS X Server experience or OS X Server Essentials.
  • Experience with OS X in a network environment.
  • Experience using the command-line interface with OS X.
Course Overview
  • Deployment Planning: The course starts with an overview of what planning is required to develop a strategy for a deployment scenario.
  • Deploying Individual Items and Containers: Deployment can often involve just single files, archives and containers that need to be installed or updated to an OS X system. We will look at how to use Apple’s Remote Desktop software and OS X Server for this purpose. We will look at App deployment options including VPP and managed app distribution via an MDM solution. There is also an explanation of the differences between packages, bundles and archives as well as handling legacy OS resource forks. The GateKeeper security feature is also covered here.
  • Installation Packages: How Apple’s installer technology works for software distribution, including how to create custom installation packages using GUI tools and the command line. Third-Party imaging tools such as Iceberg, Packages and AutoPkg also also discussed. There is also a dedicated lesson covering two alternative installation solutions, the open-source project Munki and the commercial Casper Suite
  • Creating Entire System Images: Learn how to create full system images for a complete deployment of OS X Yosemite. Understand the differences between cloned systems and modular systems. How to completely customise system images is a useful tool in your arsenal when deploying macs. This chapter provides students with the knowledge to achieve this.
  • Deploying System Images: Install and configure Apple’s NetInstall service for Deployment. Creating and managing NetBoot, NetRestore and NetInstall System Images. Dealing with security configuration and FileVault 2 deployment is also covered.
  • Post Imaging Deployment Considerations and System Maintenance: In this chapter we will discuss the various techniques available to apply post installation configuration such as setting the Firmware password, modifying preferences and Post Imaging Serialization. Command-Line Configuration is covered along with scripting techniques. MDM solution management such as Profile Manager and scripting post deployment settings will be discussed. Learn how to keep your OS X clients updated via the Apple Software Update sever or the Caching Service. Additionally, a range of features available through Apple Remote Desktop are discussed.
  • Deploying Macs with DeployStudio: Finally, we will take a look at the DeployStudio deployment package for additional Deployment features which work perfectly with Apple’s NetInstall service. Through a collection of hands on labs you will be able to configure pre and post imaging scripts to perform common tasks such as naming computers, binding to active directory and configuring other computer specific settings.
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